'Individuals and Institutions in Medieval Scholasticism', ed. Antonia Fitzpatrick and John Sabapathy


Edited by Antonia Fitzpatrick (Oxford) and John Sabapathy (University College London) 

NEW: published 31 July 2020


This volume explores the relationship of individuals and institutions in medieval scholasticism between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, and is intended as an important reference point for future debates on these topics, principally for medieval historians while also raising questions relevant to those working on individualisation and institutionalisation in other periods and disciplines.

The volume revolves around two questions, which provide the structure for the table of contents below: (1) what was the relationship between particular intellectuals and their wider networks (including but not limited to ‘schools’) and; (2) how did intellectuals shape their institutions and how were their institutions shaped by them? Beyond this volume, there is currently very little close exploratory scholarship on the fundamental relationship between scholastic thought, the individuals who produced it, the institutional contexts in which they produced it, and the relationships between these phenomena (these points are explained further in the detailed proposal and introduction).

In addressing these questions, we deliberately integrate contributions from both major, established scholars and early career scholars. The volume is a theoretically sophisticated collection which uses a range of European methodological approaches to address our theme across a variety of genres (commentaries, quodlibetal questions, polemics, epic poetry and inquisition records), and across a range of subject matter (history, practical ethics, medicine, theology, philosophy, the constitution of religious orders, the practice of confession, and the institution of cults).

Dr Antonia Fitzpatrick is Student Director at School Exclusion Project and a former Dean of Degrees at St John's College, Oxford. Dr John Sabapathy is Associate Professor of Medieval History at University College London.


Published by University of London Press as part of the RHS / IHR New Historical Perspectives series

282 pp, Available from 31 July 2020, in print, eBook and as a free Open Access download.

To request a review copy, please contact Lauren De'ath, Publications and Marketing Officer at University of London Press.

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Table of contents

Antonia Fitzpatrick and John Sabapathy, 'Introduction: individuals and institutions in medieval scholasticism'

Part I. Individuals and intellectual traditions: construction and criticism

1. Antonia Fitzpatrick, 'The Correctoria Corruptorii Fratris Thomae of Richard Knapwell, Robert of Orford, and John Quidort'

2. Blaise Dufal, 'Ambiguous authorities: St. Augustine and scholastic identities'

3. John Marenbon, 'Pomponazzi'

4. Matthew Kempshall, 'Individuals and the institution of history'

Part II. Institutions and individuals: organizations and social practices

i. Individuals and organizations

5. Gert Melville, 'The charismatic and religious communities: some observations about an apparent contradiction between individual and institution'

6. Sylvain Piron, 'How much indeterminacy can an institution bear? The case of the Franciscan vow'

7. Peter Biller, 'Rolando of Cremona and Inquisition'

ii. Individuals and practices

8. John Sabapathy, 'Robert of Courson and the ‘social systems’ of early thirteenth-century institutions'

9. Emily Corran, '“Better to Let Scandal Arise than to Relinquish the Truth”: The cases of conscience of the Masters of Paris in the thirteenth century'

10. Cornelia Linde, 'The Friar Within. Robert Holcot’s Super Quattuor Libros Sententiarum Questiones'

11. Isabel Iribarren, 'The cult of the marriage of Joseph and Mary: The shaping of doctrinal novelty in Jean Gerson’s Josephina (1414-1418)'

Conclusions: David d’Avray