Campus: Wilfrid Laurier
Office: DAWB 4-141
Email: cnighman@wlu.ca

My research area is late medieval and early renaissance intellectual history, focusing on Latin florilegia (collections of quotations), early Italian humanism, conciliar sermons (especially eulogies), 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.

Publications:

  • Sermones et alii orationes nationis Anglicanae in concilio Constanciensi habiti (in progress, intended for publication in Brepols Publishers’ Corpus Christianorum continuatio mediaevalis).
  • Prudencia, plague and the pulpit: Richard Fleming’s eulogy for Robert Hallum at the Council of Constance,” Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum: Internationale Zeitschrift für Konziliengeschichtsforschung 38.1 (2006), (forthcoming).
  • “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: Internationale Zeitschrift für Konziliengeschichtsforschung 33.2 (2001), 405-25.
  • “Confronting Heinrich Finke’s ‘Stettin MS 33’: a contribution to conciliar sermon studies,” Codices Manuscripti: Zeitschrift für Handschriftenkunde 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 (Dec. 1997), 11-18.

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