BA, MA (NUI), DPhil (Oxford) FRHistS
Senior Lecturer in Medieval History
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
Queen’s University Belfast
Sinéad O’Sullivan, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, studied with Henry Mayr-Harting and gained 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), the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust.
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.
- 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
- ‘Glossing Vergil and pagan learning in the Carolingian Age,’ Speculum 93/1 (2018), 132-65.
- ‘Reading and the lemma in early medieval textual culture,’ in The annotated book in the early Middle Ages: Practices of reading and writing, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 38, ed. Mariken Teeuwen and Irene van Renswoude (Brepols, 2017), pp. 371-396.
- ‘Text, gloss, and tradition in the early medieval West: Expanding into a world of learning,’ in Teaching and Learning in Medieval Europe: Essays in Honour of Gernot R. Wieland, ed. Greti Dinkova-Bruun and Tristan Major, Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin 11 (Brepols, 2017), pp. 3-24.
- ‘Servius in the Carolingian Age: A Case Study of British Library, Harley 2782,’ The Journal of Medieval Latin 26 (2016), 77-123.
- ‘Martianus Capella: Addenda’, in Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum: Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries vol. 11, ed. Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Julia Haig Gaisser and James Hankins (Toronto, 2016), 383-400.
- ‘Problems in Editing Glosses: A Case Study of Carolingian Glosses on Martianus Capella’, in The Arts of Editing Medieval Greek and Latin: A Casebook, ed. Elisabet Göransson, Gunilla Iversen, Barbara Crostini, Brian M. Jensen, Erika Kihlman, Eva Odelman, and Denis Searby, Studies and Texts 203 (Toronto, 2016), 290-311.
- Co-authored paper with Mariken Teeuwen: ‘The harvest of ancient learning: healthy fruits or rotten apples?’ in Fruits of Learning: The Transfer of Encyclopaedic Knowledge in the Early Middle Ages, ed. R. H. Bremmer Jr and K. Dekker, Medievalia Groningana New Series 21 (Leuven, 2016), 303-20.
- ‘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.
- Collaboration on an international project to produce a digital edition of the oldest glosses on Martianus as found in Leiden, UB, Vossianus Latinus Folio 48. http://martianus.huygensinstituut.knaw.nl/path
Dr Sinead O’Sullivan teaches on the following programmes / modules:
|HIS1002||Power, Politics and Religion in Medieval Germany, 900-1250|
|HIS2047||The Expansion of Medieval Europe, 1000-1300|
|HIS2049||The Roman Origins of the East and West, 400-800|
|HIS3079||Kings, Courts and Cultures in Carolingian Europe, 750-900|
|MHY7020||Medieval Latin Palaeography and Codicology|
|MHY7078||John Scottus Eriugena and his World|