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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 30, 2015
Canadian Excellence
     Dr. Chris L. Nighman

Dr. Chris L. Nighman

Associate Professor
Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3134

Office Location: DAWB 4-141
Office Hours: Spring/Summer 2015 (send email to set an appointment)
Academic Background
  • BA in History and Medieval Studies, U.C. Santa Barbara (1988)
  • MA in History, University of Toronto (1990)
  • PhD in History, University of Toronto (1996)

Born in Ohio, grew up in California, emigrated to Canada in 1989 to attend graduate school, and acquired dual Canadian-US citizenship in 1995. Moved to Kitchener-Waterloo in 1999; married with one child.

Scholarly Interests

My research field is late medieval and early renaissance intellectual and ecclesiastical history, focusing on Latin florilegia (collections of quotations), early Italian humanism, conciliar sermons (especially eulogies) and ecclesiastical politics, rhetorical theory and practice as it relates to the construction of self and delimitation of audience, pastoral reform in response to heresy, scribal agency in manuscript traditions and editorial agency in early print traditions. I am also involved in the growing field known as digital humanities, especially the publication of Open Access critical editions of historical texts.


Next year I expect to teach the following undergraduate courses:

Publications: Book Chapters

"Revising John of Wales's role in creating the Manipulus florum" (under review, expected to appear in 2016/17).

"Editorial agency in the Manipulus florum: Thomas of Ireland's reception of two texts by Peter of Blois" (accepted with revisions, expected to appear in 2016).

Publications: Articles

"Inchcolm Abbey's 'warming room' revisited: the reception of Thomas of Ireland's Manipulus florum in Walter Bower's Scotichronicon" (in preparation, expected to appear in 2015/16).

"The Manipulus florum, Johannes Nider's Formicarius, and late medieval misogyny in the construction of witches prior to the Malleus maleficarum," Journal of Medieval Latin 24 (2014), 171-84. Abstract:

"The Janus intertextuality search engine: a research tool of (and for) the Electronic Manipulus florum Project," Digital Medievalist 7 (2011).

"Citations of 'noster' John Pecham in Richard Fleming's sermon for Trinity Sunday: evidence for the political use of liturgical music at the Council of Constance," Medieval Sermon Studies 52 (2008), 31-41.

"Bernardus Baptizatus, Bernard de la Planche and the sermon 'Sedens docebat turbas' at the Council of Constance," Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 38.2 (2006), 313-20 [co-authored with S. Valery-Radot].

"A new bibliographical register of the sermons and other speeches delivered at the Council of Constance," Medieval Sermon Studies 50 (2006), 71-84 [co-authored with P. Stump]. Abstract:

"Prudencia, plague and the pulpit: Richard Fleming’s eulogy for Robert Hallum at the Council of Constance," Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 38.1 (2006), 83-98.

"Commonplaces on preaching among commonplaces for preaching? The topic Predicacio in Thomas of Ireland's Manipulus florum," Medieval Sermon Studies 49 (2005), 37-57.

"Rhetorical self-construction and its political context in Richard Fleming's reform sermon for Passion Sunday at the Council of Constance," Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 33.2 (2001), 405-25.

"Confronting Heinrich Finke's 'Stettin MS 33': a contribution to conciliar sermon studies," Codices Manuscripti 36 (Sept. 2001), 13-30.

"'Accipiant qui vocati sunt': Richard Fleming’s reform sermon at the Council of Constance," Journal of Ecclesiastical History 51.1 (Jan. 2000), 1-36.

"Another look at the English staging of an Epiphany play at the Council of Constance," Records of Early English Drama 22.2 (1997), 11-18.

"Hermann von der Hardt’s 'MSCt Erfurtensis', a major source for his editions of sermons from the Council of Constance," Medieval Sermon Studies 38.2 (1996), 38-45.

Publications: Book Reviews

S. Wenzel, Preaching in the age of ChaucerH-Albion (February 2009).

F. Logan, History of the church in the Middle AgesCanadian Journal of History 39.3 (2004), 558-60.

P. Grendler, Universities of the Italian RenaissanceQuaderni d’Italianistica 23.2 (2002), 64-6.

J.H. Burns & T. Izbicki, Conciliarism and papalismSixteenth Century Journal 32.2 (2001), 487-8.

A. Brown, Popular piety in the diocese of Salisbury, 1250-1550Confraternitas 17.1 (1996), 19.

An Invited Research Presentation

"Digital florilegia: the Manipulus florum and Compendium moralium notabilium projects...and beyond": Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania (3 June 2014)

Publications: Online Resources

The Electronic Manipulus florum Project (since 2002)

The Compendium moralium notabilium Project (since 2013)

The Liber pharetrae Project (since 2014)

The Lucula noctis Project (since 2015) 

Electronic Sources for the Council of Constance (since 2003, with P.H. Stump)

A Bibliographical Register of Sermons Delivered at the Council of Constance (since 2006, with P.H. Stump)

Additional Information

WLU Library Medieval Studies resources page

Sistine Chapel online tour

Purdue University's Chicago NB style sheet