Lezlie Knox brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of the Middle Ages drawn from her undergraduate majors in History and Art History (at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and her graduate training at Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute. She teaches broadly in medieval history, regularly offering a survey course, as more specialized classes focusing on the Crusades, the Black Death, manuscripts, and gender in the pre-modern world, and the Italian Renaissance.
Her research has focused particularly on the Franciscan Order in later medieval Italy. She has published widely on the female branch of the Order, including the book Creating Clare of Assisi: Female Franciscan Identities in Later Medieval Italy (Brill, 2008). Visions of Sainthood in Medieval Rome: The Lives of Margherita Colonna by Giovanni Colonna and Stefania, a collaborative project with Larry F. Field (translator) and Sean L. Field will appear in 2017. She is currently working on a biographical project focusing on the prolific chronicler Mariano of Florence (d. 1523) as a lens for exploring the experience of being Franciscan as the Order's major factions fought for status in the towns and ecclesiastical centers of late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Italy. A long-term project, focusing on prisons and imprisonment practices within the medieval mendicant orders, will receive attention again in the future. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright program, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (for a summer seminar).
Dr. Knox works with BA and MA students whose interests range across the Middle Ages, and she would welcome applications from doctoral students whose research is based in sixteenth-century Europe. Representative titles of supervised MA essays include: