Professor Richard Sharpe

  • Génair Pátraicc: Old Irish between print and manuscript, 1647–1853

  • The manuscripts of Mícheál Óg that were sold to Sir William Betham

  • Subversive acts: The early charters of the borough of Beverley

  • Further hidden manuscripts

  • Humfrey Wanley, Bishop John O’Brien, and the colophons of Mael Brigte’s Gospels

  • Destruction of Irish manuscripts and the National Board of Education

  • Gulide, Guile, and Gulinus: an Irish type for a twelfth-century Latin story

  • Official and unofficial Latin words in eleventh- and twelfth-century England

  • Official and unofficial words in eleventh- and twelfth-century England

  • The duke of Sussex’s Irish manuscript (Rylands Irish MS 22)

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Hugh Brodie

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students regarding anything related to my broad range of research interests

I currently teach:


Introductory courses for masters candidates studying within the area of the Latin West in the middle ages, providing instruction in palaeography and diplomatic, and practice in reading documents from medieval england. 
Advanced courses in English Royal Diplomatic and in Books and Libraries in the Middle Ages.

Podcast: Magna Carta in the Bodleian. A talk given during the exhibition of four engrossments of Magna Carta in the Divinity School on 11 December 2007. Richard Sharpe explains that the seventeen surviving original manuscripts of the Magna Carta are engrossments, not copies: official documents from Royal Chancery bearing the ruler's seal. Prof. Sharpe also reveals why so many examples of the Magna Carta survive.

 A version of a presentation about the late-eleventh-century Wadham Gospels, the oldest manuscript in Wadham College library, recorded in April 2014 (6mins 22secs).

 A presentation - Irish Manuscripts and the Complex Page, from The book: history and practice workshop which took place on March 12 2012 at the UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland.

 Le bibliothécaire médiéval - the text of a lecture delivered at the Sorbonne, 18 September 2003, under the auspices of Prof Jean-Philippe Genet and the organisation APICES.

 The text of the Latin Sermon delivered in the University Church on Sunday, 19 January 2003.

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