Honors & Theses

Program Honors

Honors and high honors are awarded by vote of the Medieval Studies faculty to students whose course work is judged to be of sufficiently high quality and who have done outstanding work on one or more of the following writing projects: a senior thesis; a senior essay; or a seminar paper nominated for honors or high honors by the instructor in the seminar. All writing projects will be evaluated by the individual advising committee before a recommendation for program honors is made. Students must file a Statement of Intent with the Honors College and with the program chair before October 15th of the senior year. By vote of the Medieval Studies faculty, those who have been recommended for high honors in the program may be nominated for University Honors.

Senior Theses and Essays

The Settlement of Disputes in Medieval Normandy: The Belleme and Gere Families
—Edward A. Boyden, May 1987

Magic and Marginality in Egil’s Saga
—Paul David Menair, April 15, 1987

Defining Chivalry in the Middle Ages
—Anne E. Undeland, May 1987

The Weaving of Resistance: Lollardy and the Cloth Trade in Late Medieval Bristol
—John H. Fargis, May 1988

The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire as an Historical Paradigm
—Alfredo M. Viegas, April 16, 1990

Contact and Transformation: The Irish Sea in the Post-Roman Period
—William O. Frazer, June 1991

The Transformation of Northern Gaul ca. 400-500 C.E.
—Benjamin R. Leavy, June 1991

Ob von Troys meister Christjân disem maere hât unreht getâ..." Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival as an adaptation of Chrétien de Troyees' Li Contes del Graal.
—Meredith A. Tarr, 1992

The Unhappie Maide
Joan of Arc in the English Historical Literature from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century
—Cara Elizabeth Leheny, June 1992

Eve's Legacy:  Gender and the Re-Vision of the Body in the Religious Writings of Hadewijch of Brabant and Julian of Norwich.
—Rose M. Gower, April 1995

Spinning Straw into Gold:  Women, Clothing, and Power in Medieval German Epics.
—Owen M. Dolan, April 1996

"Distorting Mirrors":  the Late Antique Epithalamium and Prose Panegyric.
—Lora Morini, April 1996

A Medieval Ceramic Assemblage from the Abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes.
—Karin Halvorsen, April 1997

Parasites of the Academy: Scholarship and Ambition in the Twelfth Century
—Jenifer Beth Kaminsky, April 1999

And the Word was God: Reproducing the Insular Gospel-Book
—Jordan H. Kraemer, April 2000

Revising History: The Concept of the Carolingian Renaissance
—Lauren T. Rosano, April 2002

Lyric and the Lyre: Ancient Greek Rhythmic Theory From Antiquity to Byzantium
—Dina Sarah Guth, April 2004

Transcription and Translation  of a Late 14th Century/Early Century French  Denombrement from the Soissonais
—Jonathan Gorham, April 2004

The Expansion of the Augustinian Regular Canons into Spain
—Alan N. Witt, April 2006

An Armory of Writs:  The Rewriting of the English Social Contract, 1066-1290.
—Zachary S. Blau, April 2009

A Nobel Tale: The Knight's and Miller's Tales as an Subversion of Genre Expectations

--Demetria Spinrad, April 2011