A unique online catalogue, which will for the first time make it possible to look at when, where and how miracles have occurred through the ages, has been launched by researchers at the University of Sheffield.

The aim of the project, which was led by MA students Simon Lax and Hannah Probert from the Department of History at the University, was to transform the extensive number of miracle recordings in medieval texts, into a quantitative format.

For Medieval historians, miracles are one of the defining features of the European Middle Ages and are often seen as the period´s commitment to Christianity. They distinguish medieval society from the later, and more sceptical post-Reformation world. The project has provided the first central resource, documenting how miracles have changed over time and enabling the public to freely search and connect miracles.