Alison More


Assistant Professor



Office Phone: 416.926.7274 ext. 67274


Alison More came to St. Mike’s from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent where she designed and taught core courses on Latin and palaeography. She studied Latin in Rome with Reginald Foster, and has further developed her skills through teaching and research fellowships at Harvard, the University of Edinburgh, and Radboud Universiteit.  As a passionate Latinist, Alison is interested in alternative interpretations of absences and inconsistencies in the historical record. In particular, her research investigates the intersections between social and religious culture in Northern Europe from 1250 to 1450.

Areas of Interest

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Medieval religion and society

Manuscript studies

Sermon studies

Religious and quasi-religious orders

Franciscan studies

Medieval Scotland

Women and gender in the premodern world


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Representing Medieval Genders and Sexualities in Europe: Construction, Transformation, and Subversion, 600-1530. Co-edited with Elizabeth L’Estrange (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011; paperback, Routledge, 2016).


Journal Articles:

The ‘Grey Sisters’ of Aberdour and Observant Reform’ Scottish Historical Review (2015): 121-39.

‘Institutionalizing Penitential Life in Later Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Third Orders, Rules and Canonical Legitimacy’ Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 83 (2014): 296-322.

‘Institutionalization of Disorder: The Third Order and Canonical Change in the Sixteenth Century’ Franciscan Studies 71 (2013): 147-63.

‘Both in the World and of It: Affectivity, Corporeality and Cistercian Conversi in Thirteenth-Century Liège’ Studies in Spirituality 23 (2013): 61-79.

‘According to Martha: Extra-Regular Women and the Gospel Life’ Franciscana 10 (2008): 255-80.


Book Chapters:

‘Religious Order and Textual Identity: The Case of Franciscan Tertiary Women,’ in Nuns’ Literacies: The Antwerp Dialogue (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 69-79.

‘Franciscan Feminine Virtue: The Changing Portrayal of Clare of Assisi in Sermons,’ in Models of Virtue, ed. E. Lombardo (Padova: Centro Studi Antoniani, 2016), 75-90.

‘Canonical Change and “Franciscan” Tertiary Orders,’ in Religious Orders and Religious Identity, ed. B. Roest & J. Uphoff (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 69-85.

‘Dynamics of Regulation, Innovation and Invention’ in Observant Reform in the Late Middle Ages and Beyond, ed. J. Mixson and B. Roest (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 85-110.

‘Preaching, Reform and Catholic Identity in Late Medieval Scotland: The Case of Johannes Royardus’ in Scottish Religion at Home and in the Diaspora, ed. D. MacLeod and S. Macdonald (Guelph: Series in Scottish Studies, 2014), pp. 13-38.

‘Gracious Women finding Glory: Clare of Assisi and Elizabeth of Hungary in Franciscan Sermons’ in Franciscan Preaching: Every Miracle from the Beginning of the World Came About through Words, ed. T. Johnson (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. 209-30.

Plantula Francisci, plantula mei: Margaret of Cortona as a Model Penitent’ in Her Bright Merits: Essays in Honor of Ingrid Peterson, ed. M. Meany (St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Press, 2012), pp. 157-72 



Fictive Orders and Feminine Religious Identity, 1250-1550 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).