University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History


Faculty - Sean L. Field

Sean Field standing in front of bookshelves

Sean L. Field, Professor

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2002
  • C.V.
Area of expertise

Medieval Europe

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Email: Sean L. Field

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Professor Sean Field received his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1992 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1997 and 2002. In 2003 he joined the UVM faculty, where he teaches medieval European history and specializes in thirteenth and fourteenth-century topics. Field's current research centers on the intersection of sanctity, heresy, political power, and religious institutions at and around the French royal court. His most recent books include Isabelle de France, soeur de Saint Louis. Une princesse mineure (Les Éditions franciscaines, 2015) with Jacques Dalarun, Jean-Baptiste Lebigue, Anne-Françoise Leurquin-Labie; The Sanctity of Louis IX: Early Lives of Saint Louis by Geoffrey of Beaulieu and William of Chartres edited and translated with Larry F. Field and M. Cecilia Gaposchkin (Cornell, 2014); Marguerite Porete et le Miroir des simples âmes: Perspectives historiques, philosophiques, et littéraires edited with Robert E. Lerner and Sylvain Piron (Vrin, 2013); The Rules of Isabelle of France: An English Translation with Introductory Study (Franciscan Institute Publications, 2013), and The Beguine, the Angel, and the Inquisitor: The Trial of Marguerite Porete and Guiard of Cressonessart (Notre Dame, 2012). He is also the author of Isabelle of France: Capetian Sanctity and Franciscan Identity in the Thirteenth Century (Notre Dame, 2006), and The Writings of Agnes of Harcourt: The Life of Isabelle of France and the Letter on Louis IX and Longchamp (Notre Dame, 2003) and has published widely in French, Italian, British, Canadian, and American journals. Field has enjoyed the support of Fulbright and Charlotte Newcombe fellowships, a Franklin grant from the American Philosophical Society, and a residential fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in beautiful Cassis, France.

Professor Field's latest book, a translation project with Lezlie Knox and Larry Field entitled Visions of Sainthood in Medieval Rome: The Lives of Margherita Colonna by Giovanni Colonna and Stefania, will be published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2017. During his 2016-2017 sabbatical year, he is completing a new study on Holy Women and the Capetian Court.


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