Previous Essay Prize Winners

2001-2002

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Eli M. Barach '02. Fear and Loathing in East Anglia: Concepts of Civilization and Wilderness in Felix's Life of Guthlac.
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Andrew Palmer '03. Adam and Eve Show Their Sensitive Sides.

2002-2003

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Katherine T. Newell '05. Knighthood, Chivalry, and the Tournament in Early Renaissance Europe.
  • Philip H. Niles Prize: Annaka Larson '06. St Macrina. Holy Woman or Holy Man?
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Sarala Puthuval '05. Le savoir et les causes des monstres chez Ambroise Paré.

2003-2004

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Katherine T. Newell '05. The 'Pure Balm': The French and English Military Classes, Treaties, and the Problem of Peace in the Hundred Years War.
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Rosalyn Claret '04. Recognizing Reality: Sulpicius Severus as Hagiographer.

2004-2005

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Miranda Blue '06. The Culture of Curiosity: Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lession of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp and the Anatomy Lesson Portrait in Seventeenth-Century Holland.
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Carolyn Speidel '05. Food, Body, and Power in the Life of Margery Kempe.

2005-2006

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Erica Peterson '06: From Care to Criminalization: An Analysis of the Role of Deservingness in Sixteenth-Century English Poor Laws.
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Dashini Jeyathurai '07: Exorcizing Female Power in The Fairie Queene: The Treatment of Duessa in the Book of Holiness
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Matthew Ruen '07: So Happy (and Successful) Together: Sworn Agreements and Army Cohesion in the Siege of Lisbon, Portugal

2006-2007

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Michael Draper '07: Mandeville: Cartographer of Christianity
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Joshua M. O'Brien '09: Les Aides pour la Delivrance: The Practical and Political Selection of a Vital Instrument in the Effort to Raise the Ransom Payments for King Jean II

2007-2008

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Kaede Johnson '09: Aural Authority: The Politics of Narrative Determination in "Sir Orfeo"
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Wyatt Marshall '09: Manipulation of Visuality in the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Marjorie Harrington '10: “Degrees of Merit”: Worthiness and Reward in Paradise Lost

2008-2009

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Bonnie Cope '09:  La Vielle in the City of Ladies: An Analysis of Social, Cultural and Economic Capital in the Narratives of Christine de Pizan and La Vielle
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Drew Chambers ’10: How to Be a Good… Knight/Lady/Christian/Person:  The Lesson of Social Obligation in Chrétien de Troyes’ The Knight with the Lion (Yvain)

2009-2010

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Marjorie Harrington '10: Trewe Techynge: Authority and Intermediaries in Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Callie Millington '12: Food and the Fall

2010-2011

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Emmamarie Haasl '12: Conscience in Thomas More and the Age of Reformation: The Beginnings of Casuistry & Morgan King '12: Reimagining a Literary Heritage:Cultural transmission and religious division in Vandal North Africa
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize: Andrew Chael '12:  To Keep a Sleepless Emperor Awake:  Alexios I Komnenos and the Imperial Ideal

2011-2012

  • Catherine E. Boyd Long Essay Prize: Evan Johnson '12: Egyptian Saints: The Referees of Asceticism
  • Philip H. Niles Short Essay Prize:Lina Feuerstein '12: The Transformation of Pater-Filia Dynamics and the Creation of the Masculinized “Daughter” of Christ in The Martyrdom of Saint Perpetua