Anna Peterson


Thesis: Sick Soul, Sick Body: Fourth Lateran Council and hospitals in 13th century Narbonne and Siena
Supervisors: Prof. Frances Andrews and Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker

I completed my undergraduate degree in history and political science at McGill University in 2009, which sparked my interest in female aestheticism in pre-Trentian Europe. I went on to peruse an MLitt in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the University of Glasgow. Here I worked on refining my interests to twelfth and thirteenth century France. My MLitt thesis, “In the Name of Sancte Marie de Rupe Amatoris: Ritual and Space in the Miracula of Rocamadour,” focused on the role of ritualized pilgrimage and sacred space in Rocamadour’s twelfth century miracle text. My current PhD continues to build on my research regarding France, by exploring the effects of canons twenty-one and twenty-two of Fourth Lateran (1215) on hospitals in thirteenth century Narbonne, France and Siena, Italy.