Congratulations to Lawrin Armstrong for his new book

THE IDEA OF A MORAL ECONOMY: GERARD OF SIENA ON USURY, RESTITUTION, AND PRESCRIPTION, Toronto Studies in Medieval Law, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016, 344p.

Capture d’écran 2016-04-04 à 11.19.19 AMThe Idea of a Moral Economy is the first modern edition and English translation of three questions disputed at the University of Paris in 1330 by the theologian Gerard of Siena. The questions represent the most influential late medieval formulation of the natural law argument against usury and the illicit acquisition of property. Together they offer a particularly clear example of scholastic ideas about the nature and purpose of economic activity and the medieval concept of a moral economy. In his introduction, editor Lawrin Armstrong discusses Gerard’s arguments and considers their significance both within the context of scholastic philosophy and law and as a critique of contemporary mainstream economics. His analysis demonstrates how Gerard’s work is not only a valuable source for understanding economic thought in pre-modern Europe, but also a fertile resource for scholars of law, economics, and philosophy in medieval Europe and beyond.


The 2016 Etienne Gilson Lecture: “Approved Women”

Birgitta of Sweden and the Politics of Late Medieval English Spirituality

Vincent Gillespie (University of Oxford)

The Etienne Gilson Lecture

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

Room 400, Alumni Hall, 121 St Joseph Street

4pm, Tuesday 26 April

Capture d’écran 2016-04-01 à 8.56.16 PMVINCENT GILLESPIE is J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Literature and Language, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, and the Society of Antiquaries of London. His research considers the broad range of post-conquest writing in England, with particular interests in literary theory, religious writing, mystical language, and concepts of poetic identity in medieval and early modern writers. He is the author of Syon Abbey in the Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues (2001) and of Looking in Holy Books: Essays on Late Medieval Religious Writing in England (2011), as well as co-editor of several volumes, among them The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Mysticism with Samuel Fanous (2011), and A Companion to the Early Printed Book in Britain, 1476–1558, with Susan Powell (2014)