Lucy K. Pick

Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity; 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. Her current research and teaching interests include the relationships between gender and religion, 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 define themselves by framing and reframing discourses about minority theological competitors.  

Dr. Pick is currently completing a monograph titled, Her Father’s Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms. This book considers together for the first time a group of royal women, all daughters of kings of the early kingdoms of the Asturias and of León-Castilla, for what their presence and activity says about structures of power and the roles of gender and religion in the early Middle Ages and will be published by Cornell University Press. 

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
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Areas of study: 

Current and Upcoming Courses

History of Christianity

HCHR 41401 Gender, Power, and Religion in Early Medieval Europe (800-1100)

HCHR 44804 Virginity and the Body in Late Antiquity & Early Middle Ages

HCHR 47006 Early Spain: Visigoths, Umayyads, and Asturians

Islamic Studies

ISLM 47006 Early Spain: Visigoths, Umayyads, and Asturians


THEO 44804 Virginity and the Body in Late Antiquity & Early Middle Ages

  WEDNESDAY LUNCH talk on Wednesday, October 29: Dr. Pick on Pilgrimage, pilgrimage, and writing historical fiction. (video)