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 2016 Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize

The competition for The 2016 Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize for Medieval Studies is currently open. This prize will be awarded to an outstanding dissertation in any field of medieval studies. The dissertation must be written by a Canadian or by someone resident in Canada. Entries are adjudicated by the Dissertation Prize Committee, a subcommittee of the Canadian Society of Medievalists (CSM). The prize consists of a cash award as well as membership in the CSM for three years. Members automatically receive copies of the journal Florilegium and the CSM's newsletter “Scrinium.”


For the current competition, new PhD holders who defended their dissertations in 2016[1]  are invited to submit their work. For consideration in the competition, an applicant should submit the following documents by January 15, 2017, to the Chair of the Committee: (a) one paper copy of the dissertation, (b) one electronic copy of the dissertation, (c) a letter or report from the supervisor, and (d) either (i) an external report or (ii) a letter from an additional member of the dissertation committee. Canadians who completed their dissertations at foreign institutions must also provide proof of citizenship, such as a photocopy or digital scan of a passport.


Please address inquiries and applications to this year's Chair of the Committee:

Dr. Lynn Arner
Dept. of English
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1

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[1] The current competition is the transitional year regarding the date parameters for this prize. Henceforth, the year of the award will be announced in the prize title, and the dissertation must have been defended in the stated year. For this competition only, the committee will accept dissertations defended late in 2015 if the PhD was officially conferred in 2016. (However, no dissertation entered in last year’s competition can be re-entered this year.)



2015 - Magda Hayton, "Inflections of Prophetic Vision: The Reshaping of Hildegard of Bingen's Apocalypticism as Represented by Abridgments of the Pentachronon" University of Toronto

2014 - Lucie Laumonier, "Vivre seul à Montpellier à la fin du Moyen Âge" Université de Sherbrooke and Université Montpellier

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)

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)