Abigail Firey

  • Professor
  • Classics
  • History
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
1739 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D., Toronto, 1995


The Carolingian Canon Law Project   (http://ccl.rch.uky.edu)

Scriptorium, a digital environment for collaborative manuscript research

Areas of Specialization:Early Medieval Europe (especially legal history); Carolingian empire; early medieval and late antique intellectual and cultural history; canon law; early medieval biblical exegesis; textual transmission and manuscript studies.

Current Students:

  • Melissa Kapitan
  • William Mattingly
  • Amber McClure
  • Christie Pavey
  • Megan Renz


Selected Publications: 
  • “Learning Canon Law in the Carolingian Empire” in Proceedings of the XIVth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, edd. Joseph Goering, Stephan Dusil, and Andreas Thier. (forthcoming)
  • “Canon Law Studies at Corbie” in Fälschung als Mittel der Politik? Pseudoisidor im Licht der Neuen Forschung, edd. Karl Ubl and Daniel Ziemann (Monumenta Germaniae Historica, ser. Studien und Texte, 57; Hannover, 2015), pp.19-79
  • “Continuing Recourse to Roman Law in the Carolingian Period: the example of ms Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Helmst. 1062 (Guelf.)” in Rechtshandschriften des deutschen Mittelalters. Produktionsorte und Importwege, edd. Gisela Drossbach and Patrizia Carmassi  (in press, 2015), pp. 211-245.
  • A Contrite Heart: Prosecution and Redemption in the Carolingian Empire (Brill Academic Publishers, 2009)
  • Editor of A New History of Penance (Brill Academic Publishers, 2008). 
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