The Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize for Medieval Studies

The Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize is awarded to a deserving doctoral thesis in any field of medieval studies produced by a Canadian or someone resident in Canada. Entries are adjudicated by the Dissertation Prize Committee, a subcommittee of the Canadian Society of Medievalists, and the prize will be presented at the annual meeting of the Society. The Prize itself consists of a cash award as well as a membership in the Society for three years. Members automatically receive copies of the journal Florilegium and the newsletter Scrinium.

Normally the dissertation must be submitted within one year of a successful defense. One paper copy of the thesis, one electronic copy, a letter or report from the supervisor, and the external report should be sent to the Chair of the Committee by January 31st, 2014, for consideration in the competition:



Professor Geoff Rector

Department of English
University of Ottawa
324 Arts
70 Laurier Ave. E.
Ottawa, ON
K1N 6N5


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Canadians who have completed their theses at foreign institutions must also provide proof of citizenship.




Current Winner

2013 -  Ariella Elema, "Trial by Battle in France and England," University of Toronto (2012)

honorable mention to Stephen A. Pelle, "Continuity and Renewal in English Homiletic Eschatology, ca. 1150-1200,"  University of Toronto (2012)


Past Winners


2012 - Giselle Gos "Constructing the Female Subject in Anglo-Norman, Middle English, and Medieval Irish Romance" University of Toronto(2011)


2011 - Martin Gravel "Distances, recontres, communications: Les defis de la concorde dans l'Empire carolingien" Université de Montréal and the Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne (2010)


2010 - Richard Matthew Pollard "Literary Culture in Ninth-Century Northern Italy" University of Cambridge (2009)


2009 - Laura Marchiori “Art and Reform in Eleventh-Century Rome: The Paintings of S. Maria in Pallara” Queen’s University at Kingston (2008)


2008 - No Prize Awarded


2007 - Marica C. Cassis “Mensa, Thusiasterion, and Madebha: The Evolution of the Permanent Altar in the Early Christian Church” University of Toronto (2006)


2006 - Caroline Boucher “La mise en scène de la vulgaristion. Les traductions d’autorités en langue vulgaire aux XIIIe et XIV siècles” Université de Paris, CNRS (2005)


2005 - Robin Vose “Converting the Faithful: Dominican Mission in the Medieval Crown of Aragon” Notre Dame University (2004)


2004 - Harriet Sonne de Torrens "De Fontibus Salvatoris: A Liturgical and Ecclesiological Reading of the Representation of the Childhood of Christ on the Medieval Fonts from Scandinavia" (Copenhagen University, 2003)


2003 Oren Falk “The Cultural Construction of Violence in Medieval Western Scandinavia” University of Toronto (2002)


2002 - Maidi Hilmo “Images, Icons, and Texts: Illustrated English Literature from the Ruthwell Cross to Ellesmere Chaucer” University of Victoria (2001)