Dr Kathleen Cushing

Title: Reader in Medieval History
Phone: (+44) 01782 733207
Email: k.g.cushing@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB 0.044
Role: Director of Postgraduate Research for the Humanities
Personal Tutor
President of Iuris canonici medii aevi consociatio (ICMAC)
Contacting me: Email for an appointment; drop in during published office hours
Kate Cushing with daughter.

I received my BA from Sarah Lawrence College and then went on to do a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in History at the University of Oxford (St John’s College). I taught at the University of Manchester before moving to Toronto where I was a Mellon postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and where I received a post-doctoral Licentiate in Medieval Studies, summa cum laude. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Medieval History at Keele University in 2000 and was promoted first to Senior Lecturer in 2004 and then to Reader in 2007.

I am interested in the religious and social history of early medieval Europe, especially between c. 900 and c. 1200. My work to date has focussed on the ‘Gregorian’ reform of the eleventh century, as well as the use of medieval canon law as a tool of polemic. More recently I have undertaken research in the transmission of canon law sources in the eleventh and early twelfth centuries and the place of penance in the reformers’ agendas. I am currently investigating the significance of monastic compilers of canon law and am also writing a book on penance, reform  and pastoral care in eleventh-century Italy.

Selected Publications

  • CUSHING KG. 2012. Law, Penance and the ‘Gregorian’ Reform: The Case of Padua, Biblioteca del seminario vescovile MS 529. In Canon Law, Church and Councils: Liber Amicorum Robert Somerville. Blumenthal U-R and Winroth A (Eds.).
  • CUSHING KG. 2009. Looking Behind Recension Bb of Anselm of Lucca’s Collectio canonum’. Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, kan. Abt, vol. 95, 29-47.
  • CUSHING KG. Cushing KG and Brett M (Eds.). 2009. Readers, texts and Compilers in The Earlier Middle Ages: Studies in medieval canon law in Honour of Linda Folwer-Magerl. Ashgate.
  • CUSHING KG. Cushing KG and Brett M (Eds.). 2009. Readers, texts and Compilers in The Earlier Middle Ages: Studies in medieval canon law in Honour of Linda Folwer-Magerl. Ashgate.
  • Cushing KG and Brasington BC. Brasington BC and Cushing KG (Eds.). 2008. Bishops, Texts and the Use of Canon Law around 1100 : Essays in Honour of Martin Brett. Ashgate.

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Books

  • CUSHING KG. Cushing KG and Brett M (Eds.). 2009. Readers, texts and Compilers in The Earlier Middle Ages: Studies in medieval canon law in Honour of Linda Folwer-Magerl. Ashgate.
  • CUSHING KG. Cushing KG and Brett M (Eds.). 2009. Readers, texts and Compilers in The Earlier Middle Ages: Studies in medieval canon law in Honour of Linda Folwer-Magerl. Ashgate.
  • Cushing KG and Brasington BC. Brasington BC and Cushing KG (Eds.). 2008. Bishops, Texts and the Use of Canon Law around 1100 : Essays in Honour of Martin Brett. Ashgate.
  • Cushing KG and Brasington BC. Brasington BC and Cushing KG (Eds.). 2008. Bishops, Texts and the Use of Canon Law around 1100 : Essays in Honour of Martin Brett. Ashgate.
  • CUSHING KG. 2005. Reform and the Papacy in the Eleventh Century: Spirituality and Social Change. Manchester University Press.
  • CUSHING KG and R. Gyug. 2004. Ritual, Text and Law: Studies in Medieval Canon Law and Liturgy Presented to Roger E. Reynolds. Ashgate.
  • CUSHING KG. 1998. Papacy and Law in the Gregorian Revolution: The Canonistic Work of Anselm of Lucca. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • CUSHING KG. Power, Discipline and Pastoral Care: Penance and Reform in Eleventh-Century Italy. Manchester University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Cushing KG. 2012. A Sacred City: Consecrating Churches and Reforming Society in Eleventh-Century Italy. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 127(528), 1188-1190. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2010. Shaping church law around the year 1000. The Decretum of Burchard of Worms. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, vol. 61(3), 601-603. link> doi>
  • CUSHING K. 2010. The Medieval Origins of the Legal Profession: Canonists, Civilians, and Courts. The English Historical Review, vol. 125, 954-956. doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2009. The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140-1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 124(510), 1146-1147. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2009. Pope Leo 9 from Toul. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 95(3), 593-594. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2009. Medieval Religion: A Sourcebook. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 124(508), 681-682. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2009. Miracles and Wonders: The Development of the Concept of Miracle, 1150-1350. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 124(506), 134-135. link> doi>
  • CUSHING KG. 2009. Looking Behind Recension Bb of Anselm of Lucca’s Collectio canonum’. Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, kan. Abt, vol. 95, 29-47.
  • Cushing KG. 2008. The imperial chronicle by Annalista Saxo. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, vol. 59(4), 738-739. link> doi>
  • CUSHING KG. 2008. Pueri, Iuvenes and Viri: Age and Utility in the “Gregorian” Reform. Catholic Historical Review, vol. 94(3), 435-449. doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2008. The art of reform in eleventh-century Flanders. Gerard of Cambrai, Richard of Saint-Vanne and the Saint-Vaast Bible. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, vol. 59(1), 114-115. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2008. The biographies of Bishop Burchard of Wurzburg. Vita Anliquior - Vita Posterior - Vita Etrica. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, vol. 59(1), 110-111. link>
  • Cushing KG. 2008. The vitae of Gotfrieds von Cappenberg. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, vol. 59(1), 110-111. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2007. Heretics and laws. The worldly heretic legislation of the high middle ages under the influence of roman and canon laws. J ECCLESIAST HIST, vol. 58(4), 750.
  • Cushing KG. 2007. Poets, saints and visionaries of the Great Schism, 1378-1417. CHURCH HISTORY, vol. 76(1), 170-172. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2006. Belief and unbelief in medieval Europe. HISTORY, vol. 91(304), 614-615. link> doi>
  • CUSHING KG. 2005. 'Of Locustae and Dangerous Men: Peter Damian, the Vallombrosans and Eleventh-century Reform'. Church History, vol. 74(4), 740-757. doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2004. Between God and man: Six sermons on the priestly office. CHURCH HISTORY, vol. 73(4), 841-842. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2004. Review of between God and man: six sermons on the priestly office by Innocent III. Church History.
  • Cushing KG. 2003. Gregory VII: Pope between Canossa and church reform. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 118(476), 469-470. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2001. Pope Innocent III and his world. CHURCH HISTORY, vol. 70(1), 156-158. link> doi>
  • Cushing KG. 2001. Papal documents in the kingdom of France, Vol 9: The Paris diocese and the monastery of Saint Denis. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW, vol. 87(1), 86. link> doi>
  • CUSHING KG. 1995. Anselm of Lucca and The Doctrine of Coercion: The Legal Impact of the Schism of 108. The Catholic Historical Review, vol. 81, 353-371.

Chapters

  • CUSHING KG. 2012. Law, Penance and the ‘Gregorian’ Reform: The Case of Padua, Biblioteca del seminario vescovile MS 529. In Canon Law, Church and Councils: Liber Amicorum Robert Somerville. Blumenthal U-R and Winroth A (Eds.).
  • Cushing KG. 2008. Polemic versus Episcopal Handbook: Recension Bb of Anselm of Lucca's Collectio Canonum. In Bishops, Texts and the Use of Canon Law around 1100 : Essays in Honour of Martin Brett (Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West). KG, Cushing, Brasington BC (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Cushing KG. 2004. Anslem of Lucca and Burchard of Worms: Re-thinking the sources of Anslem A, De Penitentia. In Ritual, Text and law: Studies in Medieval Canon Law and Liturgy. cushing KG and Gyug R (Eds.). Ashgate, Aldershot, Hants..
  • CUSHING KG. 2001. 'Events that Led to Sainthood: Sanctity and the Reformers in the eleventh century'. In Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages. Gameson R and Leyser H (Eds.). Oxford University Press.
  • Cushing KG. Papal Authority and Its Limits. In The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity. Oxford University Press.
  • Cushing KG. Text and Law. In Ritual, Text and Law: Studies in Medieval Canon Law and Liturgy Presented to Roger E. Reynolds. Cusihing KG and Gyug R (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • CUSHING KG. The Problem of the Minor and “Intermediate” Collections: the Case of the Collectio canonum Barberiniana. In Readers, Texts and Compilers in the Earlier Middle Ages: Studies in Medieval Canon Law in Honour of Linda Fowler-Magerl. Cushing KG and Brett M (Eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate.

Other

  • CUSHING KG. 2007. 'Cruel to be Kind: Penance and Excommunication in Gregorian Canonical Collections’. In M. Bellomo (Ed.). Proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, Catania, Italy August 2000 (pp. 529-538). Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.

Undergraduate:

  • HIS-10030 Historical Research and Writing
  • HIS-10025 Medieval Europe
  • HIS-20072 Saints and Society in Medieval Europe
  • HIS-20062 English Radicals and Writers
  • HIS-20030 The Normans in Europe
  • HIS-20071 Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, c. 900-1250
  • HIS-20073 Heresy and Dissent in Medieval Europe, c.1000-c.1250
  • HIS-30024/30025 Encountering the Other: Genocide, Tolerance and the European Perspective
  • HIS-30096/30097 Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century

Postgraduate:

  • Convenor, Master of Research (MRes) in History
  • MRes supervision
  • HIS-40002 Approaches to Historical Research

Doctoral research:

I am currently second supervisor for Anthony Mansfield.

I have supervised students on topics dealing with church reform in the eleventh century, identity and romanitas in medieval Europe c.800-1050, the apocalyptic year 1000 and other socio-religious topics. I am happy to supervise research into most aspects of religious and social history in the period c.900- c.1200, including the sources and transmission of pre-Gratian medieval canon law.