BA, MA (NUI), DPhil (Oxford) FRHistS
Senior Lecturer in Medieval History
Senior Tutor and Employability Co-ordinator (Sem 1)
MA Strand Co-ordinator - Medieval and Early-Modern History (Sem 1)
On Sabbatical Semester 2 2015-16
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3430
Sinéad O’Sullivan, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, studied with Henry Mayr-Harting and took her DPhil in 2000. Subsequently she was awarded a Wingate Scholarship, a Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship and a National University of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship in the Humanities. She joined the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s in 2005. Since then she has been awarded funded research fellowships by the Scaliger Institute, Leiden and the AHRC.
Her research focuses on the transmission of learning in the early Middle Ages. Her main focus is on early medieval glosses and their importance. She has published two books on the reception of Late Antique authors: the first on Prudentius (Brill), the second on Martianus Capella in the series Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis (Brepols). She has also co-edited a book on Martianus Capella and Carolingian Scholarship (Brepols) and worked on a digital edition as part of an international collaborative effort. Her current work investigates the significance of glosses for mainstream cultural and intellectual history.
She is happy to receive enquiries from students in any area of early medieval intellectual and cultural history and especially from those interested in medieval glosses and manuscript studies.
- Mariken Teeuwen and Sinead O'Sullivan (eds), Carolingian Scholarship and Martianus Capella: Ninth-Century Commentary Traditions on ‘De nuptiis’ in Context (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), 393pp
- Glossae aeui Carolini in libros I-II Martiani Capellae “De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii”, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis 237 (Turnhout, Brepols, 2010), 648pp
- Early medieval glosses on Prudentius’ Psychomachia: The Weitz tradition, Mittellateinische Studien und Texte 31 (Leiden, Brill, 2004), 415pp
Articles and papers
- 'The oldest gloss tradition on Martianus Capella's De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii: its form, character and routes of tranmission' in Clerics, kings and Viking:essays on medieval Ireland in honor of Donnchadh Ó Corráin, ed. E. Purcell, P. MacCotter, J. Nyhan & J. Sheehan (Dublin, 2015), pp. 389-98
- 'The sacred and the obscure: Greek in the Carolingian reception of Martianus Capella’, The Journal of Medieval Latin 22 (2012), pp. 67-94
- ‘The Corpus Martianus Capella: Continental Gloss Traditions on De Nuptiis in Wales and Anglo-Saxon England’, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 62 (Winter 2011), pp. 33-56.
- ‘Martianus Capella and the Carolingians: Some observations based on the glosses on books I-II from the oldest gloss tradition’, in E. Mullins, D. Scully (eds), Listen, O Isles, unto me: Studies in Medieval Word and Image in honour of Jennifer O’Reilly (Cork, 2010).
- 'Obscurity, pagan lore and secrecy in glosses to Books I-II from the oldest gloss tradition’, in Carolingian scholarship and Martianus Capella (see above), pp. 99-121
- ‘The image of adornment in Aldhelm’s De uirginitate: Cyprian and his influence’, Peritia 15 (Turnhout, Brepols, 2001) pp. 48-57.
- ‘Aldhelm’s De uirginiate and the Psychomachian tradition’, in K.L. Boardman et al. (eds), Framing the text: reading tradition and image in medieval Europe, Mediaevalia 20 (Binghamton, N.Y., 2001) pp. 313-3.
- ‘Aldhelm’s De uirginitate: patristic pastiche or innovative exposition’, Peritia 12 (Turnhout, Brepols, 1998) pp. 271-95.
Entry on PURE research portal
Dr Sinead O'Sullivan teaches on the following programmes / modules:
||Power, Politics and Religion in Medieval Germany, 900-1250
||The Expansion of Medieval Europe, 1000-1300
||The Roman Origins of the East and West, 400-800
||Kings, Courts and Cultures in Carolingian Europe, 750-900
Medieval Latin Palaeography and Codicology
John Scottus Eriugena and his World
Recent PhD Supervision:
- Metin Berke, 'An annotated critical edition of Euthymios Zigabenos, Panoplia Dogmatike, Chapters 23-28', PhD 2011