Prof Frances Andrews

Prof Frances Andrews


Researcher profile

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Research areas

Frances Andrews is a historian of medieval Europe, with a particular focus on the history of Italy and of medieval religion. Her previous research has ranged from heresy and religious orders to the nature of urban government, from medieval Rome and the career of a revival preacher (Venturino da Bergamo), to the influence of Joachim of Fiore.  She is currently completing a project on voluntary reclusion in the late middle ages, which has involved illuminating conversations with long-term prisoners in Terni and Viterbo and has recently begun a new project designed to achieve a more inclusive account of medieval ‘urban religion’. She teaches and supervises on topics relating to inclusion and exclusion, urban (particularly communal) history, religious life, the papacy, liturgy, the history and archaeology of medieval Rome, and the cultural history of sexuality and emotions.

Former doctoral students

  • Miriam Buncombe (co-supervised with Prof Bettina Bildhauer), The Uses of Ritualized Acts in late Medieval Mystical Texts
  • Emily Graham, Cardinal Napoleone Orsini (1263-1342), the Spiritual Franciscans and Political Currents in 14th-century Female Spirituality
  • Chantal Gustaw (co-supervised with Dr Robert Wilson), Reading Dante and Paul in the 14th Century
  • Robert Houghton (co-supervised with Prof Simon Maclean), The ‘people’ in Mantuan and Parman Politics (c.900-1200)
  • Catriona Howie, Elections in the Hierarchy of the Roman Church, 10th-11th Centuries
  • Gillian Jack (co-supervised with Dr Emily Michelson), S. Elisabetta delle Convertite Florence
  • Peter King, A Late Mediaeval Confession Manual, its Author and Context
  • Kimberley-Joy Knight, The Gift of Tears in the Late Middle Ages
  • Alessia Meneghin, The Second-hand Clothing and Rag-trade in Late Medieval Prato and Florence
  • Angela Montford, Health, Medicine and the Friars in the 13th and 14th Centuries
  • Jamie Page, Prostitutes as Testifying Subjects in Late Mediaeval Germany
  • Anna Peterson (co-supervised with Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker), Hospitals and Leprosaria in 13th-century Narbonne and Siena
  • Eleonora Rava (informal co-tutelle, University of Siena-Arezzo): Pisan wills
  • Justine Trombley (co-supervised with Prof Chris Given-Wilson), The Latin Manuscripts of Marguerite Porete’s Mirror
  • Enrico Veneziani, Honorius II (Pope) and His Ecclesiology
  • Stefan Visnjevac, Preachers, Holy Men and the Governance of Late Medieval Italian Towns
  • Steven Watts, Perceptions of Female Religious Life in the Letters of Jordan of Saxony

PhD supervision

  • Irina Mattioli
  • Paul Roland
  • Sean Barrett
  • Nathan Meades

Selected publications


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