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Dr Sophie Page


Sophie Page joined UCL History as a permanent lecturer in 2002 after studying at the Warburg Institute, UCL and Cambridge. 

Sophie works in the area of European medieval magic and astrology, especially in relation to orthodox religion, natural philosophy, medicine, and cosmology. She is also interested in the imagery of medieval magic, especially diagrams, and in the history of animals in the Middle Ages.

Sophie's most recent book, Magic in the Cloister: Pious Motives, Illicit Interests, and Occult Approaches to the Medieval Universe, was published in October 2013. In addition she has published an edited collection, The Unorthodox Imagination in Late Medieval Briatin, articles on learned magic, astrology, and the cultural history of animals, and two books with the British Library: Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts and Magic in Medieval Manuscripts. Sophie is currently working on a book on animals and demons in the Middle Ages, and an article on diagrams in medieval magic texts.

PhD supervision

Sophie is interested in receiving research proposals from prospective students on topics in medieval cultural history, especially the occult sciences (magic, astrology, and alchemy) and their relationships to mainstream religion, natural philosophy, medicine, and cosomology; and on the history of animals.

Current students: Jacqueline Derrick, 'Marino Sanudo: Merchant Manuals, Crusade Proposals, and Geographical Knowledge in the Fourteenth Century'

Recently graduated: Kathleen Walker-Meikle, 'Late Medieval Pet-Keeping: Gender, Status, and Emotions'

Major publications

  • Magic in the Cloister: Pious Motives, Illicit Interests, and Occult Approaches to the Medieval Universe. University Park: Pennsylvania State Press, 2013.
  • ed. The Unorthodox Imagination in Late Medieval Britain. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010.
  • 'Good Creation and Demonic Illusions: The Medieval Universe of Creatures', in A Cultural History of Animals, vol. 2, The Medieval Age (1000-1400), ed. Brigitte Resl and Linda Kalof, pp.27-57.

For a full list of publications, see Sophie's Iris profile.

Grants/projects

2015-18: Co-investigator on the three-year Leverhulme-funded research project Inner Lives: Emotions, Identity, and the Supernatural, 1300-1900.

Teaching