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Åslaug Ommundsen

Professor, Medieval Latin philology
  • E-mailAslaug.Ommundsen@uib.no
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    Sydnesplassen 7
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Åslaug Ommundsen has since 2003 studied fragments from medieval manuscripts in Latin, focusing on the development of book production in Norway in light of impulses from European centres and international collaboration in the Middle Ages. In addition to medieval book and scribal culture her academic interests include liturgy and liturgical practice, saints’ cults and hagiography, and monastic and ecclesiastical history. For more about Ommundsen's research, see Manuscripts that link Europe together

Ommundsen is currently part of the management group of the Medieval Research Cluster at the University of Bergen and served as the cluster's Academic director from its foundation in 2018 to January 2023. She is the leader of the Research Group for Medieval Philology which is a broadly organized research group, open to academics with an interest in medieval texts and manuscripts primarily in Latin and Old Norse but also other medieval languages.

In 2012 she was awarded the Starting Grant for Young Researchers from Bergen Research Foundation (now Trond Mohn Foundation). In the project From manuscript fragments to book history (2012-2017) she and her team explored the first centuries of book and scribal culture in Norway in a European context. The approach very much depended on the analysis of script (palaeography) and other features of the once-existing book (codicology), as well as their content.

Ommundsen is an active member of the Nordic fragment network, a loosely organized network which continues a long-lived tradition of collaboration among Nordic fragment scholars, also involving international experts from other parts of Europe. The network has twice received funding for two series of exploratory workshops from the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS), first in 2009 and secondly in 2018.

Åslaug Ommundsen regularly participate in conferences and seminars, as well as holding more informal lectures and talks. She also communicates her research through online channels with a broader audience such as the University of Bergen’s knowledge base grind.no or the Norwegian encyclopedia snl.no (Store norske leksikon).

She has been instrumental in the organisation of Bergen Medieval week since 2018, a broad and diverse arena for research communication.  

Courses include Latin prose and grammar (LAT102) in the spring and Medieval Latin (LAT107) in the autumn. 

The course in Medieval Latin provides a basic knowledge of Latin grammar and literature in medieval Western Europe. It also includes an introduction to European book and scribal culture 500-1500.

Åslaug Ommundsen has published extensively on manuscript (and fragment) studies, saints’ cults, and monastic history in peer reviewed books and academic journals. She has co-edited four volumes, among them Nordic Latin Manuscript Fragments (2017) and St. Sunniva - Irish Queen and Norwegian Patron Saint (2021). Most of her publications are openly available and can be accessed from her Google scholar or Academia.edu profiles. 

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2020). A New Manuscript Source for the Legend of Saint Clement in Denmark. Journal of Medieval Latin. 227-256.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Two French or flemish manuscripts and their Scandinavian fate. Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 337-359.
  • Show author(s) (2016). To kongar, to dronningar og eit nonnekloster i Bergen. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 7-33.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Icelandic liturgical books and how to recognise them. Scriptorium. 293-317.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Two scribes and one scriptorium active in Norway c. 1200. Scriptorium. 25-54.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Saint Mary's convent ("Nonneseter") in Bergen - a Benedictine abbey. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Nonneseter i Bergen - eit benediktinarkloster. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 547-571.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Tidebøner via data - breviarium frå ca. 1200 bak inventarlista frå Hålandsdalen. Bergensposten. 78-84.
  • Show author(s) (2006). The Beginnings of Nordic Scribal Culture, ca 1050-1300; REPORT from a Workshop on Parchment Fragments, Bergen 28-30 October 2005. .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Jerusalem i mellomalderens Noreg. Ei nyoppdaga kjelde .
  • Show author(s) (2021). A Scandinavian scribe and Jerusalem: Pseudo-Hegesippus in recently identified fragments in Copenhagen.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Nonneseter i Bergen - menneska og murane.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Mellomalderens Nonneseter - kvinneliv i fridom eller fangenskap.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Heilage jomfruer i ein by for menn. Sankta Sunniva og nonnene i jomfru Marias kloster i 1100-talets Bergen.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Puslespelbøkene: Bokfragment frå mellomalderen som kjeldemateriale .
  • Show author(s) (2018). Klosterets bøker, bokkultur og bokproduksjon.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Olavssekvensen fra Middelalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Latinske fragment frå mellomalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Kjelder til skrivarmiljøet i Trondheim på seint 1100-tal.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Islands latinske arv. 1200-tallets tospråklige skrivere.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Norwegian scriptoria ca. 1200.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2021). Miniføredrag om Sta. Sunniva.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Sunnivafeiring i mellomalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Bokseminar, St. Sunniva - irsk dronning, norsk vernehelgen.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Norges eldste bok - og restene av Tønsbergs bokskatter fra middelalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Bokproduksjon i Bergen i mellomalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Oppdag Nonneseter.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Kulturnatt på Nonneseter kloster.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Nonneseter i Bergen i middelalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Sunniva i skrift.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Sankta Sunniva og Seljumennene.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Sancta Sunniva, Bergens vernehelgen.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Benediktinsk klosterliv i Bergen.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Ei heilag jomfru til bispesetet: Sankta Sunniva og Bergen i mellomalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Bitar frå ein bokkultur.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Skjulte skattar på pergament. Liturgiske mellomalderhandskrift i norske arkiv.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2020). Bilingual scribes in the far North: early evidence from Trondheim, Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Nordisk fragmentsamarbeid - puslespel over landegrenser.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Fragments as evidence of learned enironments. The example of twelfth-century Trondheim.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Den latinske legenden om sankt Hallvard: en firkløver av en legende.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Saint Sunniva; an Irish Queen to match a Norwegian King.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Messebøker under kniven - mellomalderske bokfragment frå Nordhordland og Voss.
  • Show author(s) (2018). European book fragments in Norway: Embracing chaos in research methods.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Norwegian Book Fragments and the Internet.
  • Show author(s) (2016). The Latin memory aids in GKS 1812 4o.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Fragments of books or fragments of fragments? The state of Norwegian medieval manuscripts in the sixteenth century and the illusion of the complete codex.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Seeing scriptoria in scraps: Norwegian manuscript fragments and their historical context.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Liturgy and Latinity in medieval Iceland.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Icelandic liturgical fragments and how to recognize them.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Two tongues, one pen: Latin and Old Norse literacy in medieval Scandinavia.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Material Remains of Latin Grammatica in the Old Norse World.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Levninger av latinundervisningen i norrøn tid.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Icelandic scribes and liturgical book fragments.
  • Show author(s) (2010). The Nordic medieval bookstore: The mobility of scribes and Latin manuscripts within the Nordic countries 1100–1300.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Status of fragment research, Norway and Denmark.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Lost - and Found - Cistercian Manuscripts in Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Latin Poetry in Runes in Medieval Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2009). The Manuscript triangle France-England-Scandinavia 1100-1300.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Reconstructing Book History from Manuscript Fragments.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Maria peperit Christum: The powers of a Latin formula.
  • Show author(s) (2009). From saints' cults to magic spells.
  • Show author(s) (2008). The first Norwegian scribes and their teachers.
  • Show author(s) (2008). The Cults of Local Saints in Norway before 1200.
  • Show author(s) (2008). St. Hallvard as the new Tobias. Retelling the Bible in a local legend.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Initials in Norwegian Medieval Manuscripts.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Grasping God’s mystified message. Medieval liturgy and Christian identity in the North.
  • Show author(s) (2007). The monastic orders in Norway in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Liturgical texts in performance.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Finding European centres in Nordic fragments.
  • Show author(s) (2007). A Text in Flux: St. Hallvard's legend and its redactions.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Text encoding in practice. The philologists experience with digitising a medieval manuscript fragment collection.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Saints and sequences. Reception and production: St. Nicholas and St. Olav.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Introduction: The beginnings of Nordic scribal culture, ca 1050-1300; workshop on parchment fragments.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Voices in the Periphery. The Sequences of Medieval Nidaros and the Influence from Central Europe.
Other presentation
  • Show author(s) (2018). Treasures from the Grave: exploring Irish Norse connections through artefacts in the University Museum of Bergen.
Short communication
  • Show author(s) (2009). Cistercian manuscript culture in medieval Scandinavia: a workshop. Citeaux: commentarii cistercienses. 2 pages.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2019). Theodoricus. Egil Kraggerud, Theodoricus. De antiquitate regum Norwagiensium, On the Old Norwegian Kings, edited with translation and commentary (Oslo: Novus forlag, 2018). Klassisk Forum.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Merete Geert Andersn: Katalog over AM Accessoria 7: De latinske fragmenter (Bibliotheca Arnamagnæana XLVI, København 2008. 160 pp., CD-ROM with ill.). Collegium Medievale. 174-175.
  • Show author(s) (2011). John Toy (ed.): English saints in the medieval liturgies of Scandinavian churches. Saga-Book. 83-85.
  • Show author(s) (2009). The Sacramentary of Ratoldus (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 12052). Edited byNicholas Orchard. Henry Bradshaw Society, 116. Pp. ccvi + 601. London: Henry BradshawSociety. 2005. ISBN: 978-1870252225. Medieval Sermon Studies. 82-83.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Jan Brunius (red.): Medieval Book Fragments in Sweden. Nordisk tidskrift för bok- och bibliotekväsen. 260-262.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2021). St. Sunniva - irsk dronning, norsk vernehelgen / - Irish Queen, Norwegian Patron Saint. Alvheim og Eide Akademisk forlag.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Nordic Latin Manuscript Fragments. The Destruction and Reconstruction of Medieval Books. Routledge.
  • Show author(s) (2014). En prisverdig historiker: Festskrift til Gunnar I. Pettersen. Riksarkivet.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Vår eldste bok. Skrift, miljø og biletbruk i den norske homilieboka. Novus Forlag.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Sankta Sunniva og det heilage skrinet, lesehefte 1-3.
  • Show author(s) (2005). The beginnings of Nordic scribal culture, ca 1050-1300; workshop on parchment fragments: Workshop material.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Medieval Parchment Fragments at Bergen University Library.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2011). Å skrive med stil - stylus frå Nonneseter gjenoppdaga i museets magasin. Årbok for Universitetsmuseet i Bergen. 51-55.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Fragment fra fortida. Årbok for Universitetsmuseet i Bergen. 56-59.
  • Show author(s) (2003). Mariakirken og drapet i 1525. Ny viten om Stavangers middelalderhistorie. Frá haug ok heiðni. 3-13.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2017). The French Connection. Norwegian Manuscript Fragments of French Origin and their Historical Context.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Books, scribes and sequences in medieval Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Ein mellomalder-løyndom frå Holdhus kyrkje.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Vår første skriftkultur.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Mariakirken i all sin prakt.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Fant steiner fra Mariakirken.
Programme management
  • Show author(s) (2023). 38. Med skriftkultur på Europa-reise i mellomalderen. Samtale med Åslaug Ommundsen og Synnøve Midtbø Myking.
Programme participation
  • Show author(s) (2023). Med skriftkultur på Europa-reise i mellomalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2016). «A Book is Used”. In “A book’s life in Norway”. Audio-visual publication within the research project (leader, Åslaug Ommundsen) “From manuscript fragments to book history”.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Nærbilder: Manuskripter fra middelalderen.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Om endringer i skriftkultur.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Om Nonneseter i programmet Museum.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Innslag om stylus på Vestlandsrevyen.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Innslag om stylus på Språkteigen.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Middelaldermusikk i Klassisk avsporing.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Innslag med Schola Solensis i Norge rundt.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Om utropsteiknet.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Om spørjeteiknet.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Om prikken over i'en.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Om ampersand.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Bokfragmenter i Stavanger Byarkiv.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Bokfragmenter i Stavanger.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Vår fortid i skrift, i 3 av 9 program.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2023). Det mellomalderske kyrkjerommet. Liturgi og bruk. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Mass of Saint Olaf and a recovered sequence for a missa votiva.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Legenda. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Latin Memory Aids in GKS 1812 4to. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Ei dronning verdig. Feiringa av den heilage Sunniva ved bispesetet i Bergen. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Den heilage Sunniva - vår vernehelgen. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Tracing Scribal Centres in Medieval Norway. 32 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Piecing together the past: the accidental manuscript Collections of the North. 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Latin Hagiography in Medieval Norway (c. 1050-1500). 118 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Danish fragments in Norway and their connections to twelfth-century Lund. 37 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). A Norwegian - and European - jigsaw puzzle of manuscript fragments. 28 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Mi 75 - eller: er det så nøye med antall linjer? 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Fransk-engelsk musikk i Lunds eldre gavebok. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The Word of God and the Stories of Saints: Medieval Liturgy and its Reception in Norway. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Psalms Interrupted. The Psalter Fragments in the NRA in Oslo. 27 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Læresveinar for si tid - ideal og praksis. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Benediktinsk klosterliv i Bergen. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2011). St. Hallvard as the new Tobias. Retelling the Bible in a local legend. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Ei heilag jomfrun til bispesetet - Sankta Sunniva og Bergen i mellomalderen. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). The first Norwegian scribes and their teachers. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). The Cults of Saints in Norway before 1200. 27 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Nye blikk på homilieboka. 25 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Homilieboka og dei liturgiske fragmenta. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). A Text in Flux: St. Hallvard's Legend and Its Redactions. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Two Selected Sequence Sources from Norway. 29 pages.
Encyclopedia article
  • Show author(s) (2010). Musical and Liturgical Sources from Scandinavia. 1182-1182. In:
    • Show author(s) (2010). The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, vol. 1-4.
Museum exhibition
  • Show author(s) (2011). Kloster og kunnskap (Fragment fra fortida I).
Musical performance
  • Show author(s) (2010). Una voce – gregoriansk sang med lokalt tilsnitt.
Book Translation
  • Show author(s) (2014). Theodulf of Orleans. The verse.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2008). From books to bindings — and back. Medieval manuscript fragments in Norway. Gazette du livre médiéval. 9 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Middelalder online. Bergens manuskriptfragmenter på nettet. Nordisk tidskrift för bok- och bibliotekväsen. 229-234.
Internet exhibition
  • Show author(s) (2004). Medieval Parchment Fragments at Bergen University Library.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Traces of Latin Education in the Old Norse World. 243-261. In:
    • Show author(s) (2016). Intellectual Culture in Medieval Scandinavia. Brepols.

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