Laura Mitchell

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PhD program
Laura’s research interests include: magic in medieval England, book history, paleography and codicology, popular piety, alchemy.

Advisory Committee

Alexandra Gillespie, Joseph Goering (co-supervisors); John Haines

Major Field title

Mutuality and Continuity: Cultural Uses of Magic in England, 1300-1550

Thesis Title

Cultural Uses of Magic in Fifteenth-century England


“Bilbo’s Ring: Magical Objects in Middle Earth and Medieval Europe” forThe Hobbit and History, Wiley Publishing, forthcoming, 2012.

Work in Progress

“The Speculum secretum alchemiae: A Fifteenth Century Alchemical Book of Secrets Attributed to Roger Bacon” For submission to Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Conference Presentations

“Monetary Charms in Late Medieval England.” Making the World Go Round: Coinage, Currency, Credit, Recycling & Finance in Medieval Europe, Studies in Medieval Coinage at Leeds International Medieval Congress (July 13, 2011)
“A Household Approach to Magic: Charms in Cambridge, Trinity College MS 1081.” Presented in the session Magic and Its Manuscript Context, part of the Forty-fifth International Congress on Medieval Studies (University of Western Michigan, May 15, 2010)
“A Visionary With an Occultist Bent or an Occultist With a Visionary Bent: The Devotion of John of Morigny.” Presented at the Continuity and Change: 500-1550, Centre for Medieval Studies Graduate Student Colloquium (Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, October 25, 2008)
“Exorciso Te: Exorcistic Aspects of Magic in Medieval England.” Presented at Magic: Frontiers and Boundaries, Societas Magica Conference (University of Waterloo, June 12, 2008)
“Unholy Knowledge: The Ars Notoria in the Monastery.” Presented at the Michael Swan Honours Colloquium (University of Saskatchewan, January 21, 2005)