Lucy K. Pick

Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity and Director of Undergraduate Studies; Associate Faculty in the Department of History


MSL (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)
MA, PhD (University of Toronto)

Lucy Pick is a historian of medieval religious thought and practice with a particular interest in the relationships between gender, sexuality, power, and religion in the medieval world. Her book, Her Father’s Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms, is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in Autumn 2017. In it, she considers a group of royal women, daughters of kings consecrated to religion, for what their lives reveal about structures of power and the roles of gender and religion within the early Iberian kingdoms. She examines these women as privileged members of networks of power because of their religious role in the kingdom, using liturgy, art, manuscripts, architecture, documentary texts, historical narratives, saints’ lives, theological treatises, and epigraphy.

Her other current research and teaching interests include the role of virginity and the body in early and medieval Christianity, the uses of dialogue as religious pedagogy, connections between historical writing and theology, the development of monastic thought and practice, reading and writing as spiritual exercises, and the ways in which religion shapes lives through ritual. Her first book, Conflict and Coexistence: Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims and Jews of Thirteenth-Century Spain, discusses Jewish, Christian, and Muslim relations in thirteenth- century Toledo by making connections between the political theology, historical and polemical writings, scholarly patronage, and politics of Archbishop Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada (1209–1247) and shows how majority groups defined themselves by framing and reframing discourses about minority theological competitors.

Her first novel, Pilgrimage, was published in 2014. It is a story about the Middle Ages that explores betrayal, friendship, illness, miracles, healing, and redemption on the road to Compostela. 

(773) 702-8278
Swift 306B
Areas of study: 

Current and Upcoming Courses
  • Dialogue in the Middle Ages

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  WEDNESDAY LUNCH: Dr. Pick on Pilgrimage, pilgrimage, and writing historical fiction. (video)

  Read more about Pilgrimage.

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