The Ten Commandments: Interpreting the Bible in the Medieval World, Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, 175 (Leiden & Boston: E. J. Brill; 2014)
Using the commentaries of a group of scholars from c. 1150-1350, along with confessors manuals, mystery plays and sermon material, this book investigates the place of the Decalogue in medieval religious life and thought.
The Glossa Ordinaria: the making of a medieval Bible commentary, Commentaria, 3 (Leiden & Boston: E. J. Brill, 2009)
This book is the first history of the twelfth-century Glossa Ordinaria, the ubiquitous biblical commentary of the Middle Ages and the first university textbook. Based on manuscript evidence, it explores this monumental work, its authorship, content, layout, production and use.
Medieval Intellectual History
The Bible in the Middle Ages
I work on the medieval Bible, as both a physical and intellectual object. This ranges from close technical work with manuscripts of Bibles, biblical commentary, theology and pastoralia, to the exposition of commentary and theology, to investigation of the intellectual milieu of the schools in which the Bible was studied – the people and the products of this early university system, from the twelfth century onwards. In particular, I explore the two-way link between the manuscript evidence and the intellectual evidence of these early schools – in modern terms, how technology affects what we learn and know, and vice versa. The study of the Bible has also led me to contribute to the study of medieval Jewish-Christian scholarship and relations.
The End of a Single World: The Sacrament of Extreme Unction in Scholastic Thought
The End of the World in Medieval Thought and Spirituality
In “The End of a Single World: The Sacrament of Extreme Unction in Scholastic
Thought,” Lesley Smith moves from the strictly apocalyptic to the broader
category of eschatology. As her subject, she takes extreme unction and its
Apocalypse in literature
Continuity and Change in the Study of the Bible: the Ten Commandments in Christian Exegesis
Jews and Christians in Thirteenth-Century France
The Ten Commandments: Interpreting the Bible in the Medieval World
From Knowledge to Beatitude St. Victor, Twelfth-century Scholars, and Beyond : Essays in Honor of Grover A. Zinn, Jr
From Knowledge to Beatitude is a collection of original essays on the intersection between Christian theology and spiritual life primarily in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, especially in the Parisian School of St. Victor, which ...
Robert Amiclas and the Glossed Bible
From Knowledge to Beatitude: St Victor, Twelfth-Century Scholars and Beyond
The Imaginary Jerusalem of Nicholas of Lyra
Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West
Jerusalem was the object of intense study and devotion throughout the Middle Ages. This collection of essays illuminates ways in which the city was represented by Christians in Western Europe, c. 700-1500.
The Glossed Bible
The New Cambridge History of the Bible. 2: The Bible from 600-1450
Varieties of Thatcherism
Making Thatcher's Britain
Motherhood, Religion, and Society in Medieval Europe, 400-1400
The aim of this book is to insist that this picture is intolerably one-dimensional, and to begin to change it.The volume is focussed on the paradox of motherhood in the European Middle Ages: to be a mother is at once to hold great power, ...
I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students in the fields: Medieval intellectual history, widely defined; history of exegesis, biblical studies and theology; history of the university. Manuscript studies.
I currently supervise Masters students in the fields: Medieval intellectual history, widely defined; history of exegesis, biblical studies and theology; history of the university.
I am a regular supervisor for MSt Medieval Studies and MST Medieval History.
I currently teach:
Most of my undergraduate teaching is Politics for the PPE degree; but I do teach the Historical Texts and Theories of the State papers, as well as the medieval overview, for prelims.
Most of my undergraduate teaching is for Politics in the PPE degree, but I can teach the medieval options for FHS History.