Rachel Fulton Brown

Department of History

The University of Chicago


BA Theses Advised



·      Becky Bealer, “The Pardons of Richard III: The King’s Power, the People, and the Politics of the Realm.”  Department of History.

·      Anna Pease, “Dueling Christians and Christian Dualism: Catholic Suppression of Cathar Christianity in the Medieval West.” Department of History.



·      Wayne Ferrebee, “The Sackcloth and the Mitre: Asceticism and the Gallo-Roman Episcopate.”  Department of History.

·      Raegan Russell, “‘Here may I no lenger now abide’: ‘The Floure and the Leafe’ and the ‘Dream of Beauty in the Forms of Social Life’ in the late Fifteenth Century.”  Medieval Studies and Department of English Language and Literature.



·      George Aspland, “King John and the Victorians: A Study of the Underlying Preconceptions and Images that Shaped the Victorian Narrative of King John’s Submission to Pope Innocent III.” Department of History.

·      Doug Pedersen, “The Cult of Edward the Martyr: A Medieval Murder Mystery.” Department of History.

·      André Pleuss, “The Corpus Christi Cycles: The Relations between the English Mystery Plays and the Feast of Corpus Christi.”  Department of History.



·      Tamra J. Smith, “Baronial-Crown Relations in the Reign of Henry II.”  Department of History.



·      Eliza Chiasson, “Change as Degeneration and Restoration: Hugh of St. Victor, the Ark of Noah, and the Return to Stability.”  Medieval Studies.

·      James DeFrancis, “Potentia Infinita Dei: The 13th Century Inquiry into the Possibility of an Eternal Creation.”  Medieval Studies.

·      Todd Komoroski, “Manufacture of Faith: The Capital Frieze on the Royal Portal, Chartres Cathedral.”  Medieval Studies [co-advisor with Professor Linda Seidel].

·      Rachel Ziemba, “A Relic, a Broken Oath and a Banner: Justifying the Norman Conquest of England, 1066.”  Department of History.



·      Shino Kobayashi, “Spiritual Salvation as Historical Progress: John of Salisbury, Otto of Freising and the Changing Twelfth-Century Worldview.”  Department of History.

·      Rebecca Scharbach, “Rabbinic Thought in Transition: A Jewish Reaction to the Crusades.”  Department of History.



·      Jonathan Alpeyrie, “From Invasion to Permanent Viking Settlement of Western Frankia, from AD 840 to 924.”  Department of History.

·      Nate Claxton, “No Other Choice: Becoming a Prostitute in Late Medieval England.”  Medieval Studies.

·      Guyon Knight, “You Are What You Read: The Experience of the Text in the Twelfth-Century Carthusian Monastery.”  Medieval Studies.

·      Allison Mackay, “The Medieval Concept of Conversion as Represented in the Polemical and Apologetic Works of Ramon Martí and Ramon Llull.”  Department of History.

·      David Noah, “The Parisian Phoenix: How the University of Paris Was Born of Its Own Destruction.”  Department of History.



·      Scott Allen, “Byzantine Visual and Relic Culture and the Fourth Crusade: Reasons and Justifications for a Conquest.”  Department of History.

·      Hannah Barker, “The Ambassador of the Mongols Who Celebrated the Eucharist: Rabban Sauma and his Journey through Europe.”  Department of History.

·      Kevin Dean, “The Devil’s Invention: Re-examining the Technological Capabilities and Tactical Use of Infantry Firearms in Sixteenth-Century Battlefield Warfare.” Medieval Studies.

·      Emma Mason, “It’s a wondrous business, going out of your door.”  Department of History.



·      Ralph Patrello, “‘Adore that which thou hast burned, burn that which thou adored’: Instruction, Baptism, and Conversion in the Frankish Empire.”  Department of History.



·      Alice Hutton, “Medieval Welsh Spirituality and Pastoral Care in the Twelfth-century Vitae sanctorum.”  Department of History.

·      Neil Weijer, “Making English History: The Brut as Social Dialogue.”  Department of History.



·      Charles Adam Smith, “Remembering Sacral Kingship: Hrotsvit of Gandersheim and the Legitimatization of Christian Rule.” Department of History.

·      Erica Traut, “Coercing Contemplation: The Magical Spirituality of The Sworn Book of Honorius.”  Department of History.



·      Michael Powell [Salian political theory and the response to the Investiture Controversy]. Department of History.



·      Sheridan Lardner, “'Thus He Falls': Wrestling Masters, Knights, and Duelists in Europe, 1350-1600.” Department of History.



·      Henry Gruber, “Occupy Menorca: The Balearic Islands, Trade, and the Vandal Dream of a Maritime Empire in the Western Mediterranean.”  Department of History.



·      Alexa Boulton, "Understanding the Rise of the Bourgeoisie of Le Mans Through Vernacular Architecture."  Department of History.

·      Marisa Strom, "The English Laity and the Creation of the Cult of King Henry VI."  Department of History.



·      Celia Bever, "Pope Francis versus the Internet: The Dynamics and Possibilities of Confession Today." Religious Studies.

·      Scotty Campbell, "The Black Death and English Historical Writing: Towards New Source Criticism and Historiographical Analysis." Department of History.

·      Mihow Pawel McKenny, "Salvation through Art: Sacramental Penance in Dante's Divine Comedy." Department of History.

·      Chloe Saddler, "Exercising Power without a Formal Station: How Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr Reformed Religion." Department of History.



·      Cynthia Campos Costanzo, "Illiterate-Friendly Entertainment with a Focus on Marionettes and the Mediterranean." Theater and Performance Studies.

·      Emma Pauly, "All Magic Comes With a Price (And All Doorways Too): An Exploration of the Rules, Regulations, Perks and Disadvantages of Portal Fantasy." Theater and Performance Studies.





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