Abigail Firey

  • Professor
  • University Research Professorship
  • Theodore A. Hallam Professorship, 2017-2019
  • 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
  • Megan Renz Perry


Selected Publications: 
  • “‘Death, Where is Thy Sting?’: Locating Capital Punishment in Early Medieval Debates” in Texts and Contexts in Legal History: Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue, edd. John Witte, Sara McDougall, Anna di Robilant (Berkeley: Robbins Collection Press, 2016)  pp. 61-81.

  • “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. (Monumenta Iuris Canonici, Series C: Subsidia, 15; Città del Vaticano, Biblioteca Vaticana, 2016) pp. 355-368.

  • “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  (ser. Wolfenbütteler Mittelalter-Studien 29; Wiesbaden 2015) pp. 211-244.
  • “Blushing Before the Judge: Moral Arbitration in the Carolingian Empire” in A New History of Penance (see above) pp. 173-200.
  • "Carolingian Ecclesiology and Heresy: a Southern Gallic Juridical Tract against Adoptionism" Sacris erudiri 39 (2000) pp.  253-318.
  • "Ghostly Recensions in Early Medieval Canon Law: the Problem of the Collectio Dacheriana and its shades" Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis/Revue de l'Histoire du Droit/Legal History Review 68 (2000) pp. 63-82.
  • "Lawyers and Wisdom: The Use of the Bible in the Pseudo-Isidorian Forgeries" in The Study of the Bible in the Carolingian Era, edd. Celia Chazelle and Burton Van Name Edwards (Brepols, 2003) 189-214.
  • “Codices and Contexts: the many destinies of the Capitula Angilramni and the challenges of editing small canon law collections”  Zeitschrift für Rechtsgeschichte, Kanonistische Abteilung 94 [125] (2008) pp. 88-312.
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