Front Quad of Lincoln College, the walls covered in bright green ivy

Dr Laure Miolo

Dr Laure Miolo

  • Dilts Research Fellow
  • Lyell Research Fellow in Latin Palaeography


I completed my doctorate at the University of Lyon (Lyon II) in association with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and then held several fellowships and positions at the Bodleian Library, the British Library, the Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, the Paris Observatory and the École Pratique des Hautes Études. I was awarded a Neil Ker Memorial Fund Grant from the British Academy to pursue my research on the manuscripts and texts of the astronomer and physician Lewis of Caerleon (d. c. 1495). Prior being in Oxford, I was a Munby Fellow in Bibliography at the Cambridge University Library and an Early Career Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.


I am a historian of late medieval Europe, specialising in manuscript studies and history of early libraries with a special focus on scientific books and practices. My research focuses on medieval scientific manuscripts and book collections in France and England between the late twelfth century to the end of the fifteenth century. My approach is based on a detailed analysis of manuscripts and scripts together with the edition of unpublished texts. It explores the intellectual practices and the diffusion of scientific knowledge in different milieux, the reception of Arabic science and its assimilation in the Western world.

Select publications

‘A new astronomical text by Jean des Murs’, Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes, 2/42 (2021), 329-360

‘Un manuscrit de Pierre de Limoges († 1306) à la British Library. À propos du codex London, BL, Additional MS 38688’, Scriptorium, 74 (2020), 79-111.

‘La Scientia stellarum entre la France et l’Angleterre’, in France et Angleterre : manuscrits médiévaux entre 700 et 1200, ed. by C. Denoël, F. Siri, Bibliologia 57 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020), 389-412.

‘In quest of Jean des Murs’ Library’, Erudition and the Republic of Letters, 4 (2019) 13-39.

‘Retracing the tradition of John of Genoa's Opus astronomicum through extant manuscripts’, in Alfonsine Astronomy: A Written Record, ed. by R. L. Kremer, Brepols Publishers (End 2022)