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Tristan Sharp Sessional Instructor

Research Area(s)

  • Monasticism
  • Scholastic Education
  • Biblical Exegesis
  • Pastoral Care
  • Editing Latin Texts


  • University of Toronto, Ph.D. (2013)
  • University of Toronto, M.A. (2008)
  • University of Victoria, B.A. (2006)


Teaching Interests

Medieval Europe

History of Christianity

Intellectual history and education



Editor, with the collaboration of Isabelle Cochelin, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Abigail Firey, and Giulio Silano. From Learning to Love: Schools, Pastoral Care, and Canon Law in the Middle Ages. Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, 2017. 775 + xlviii pp.  

Editor, with James Ginther, Lecturae super Genesim 1-11, by Stephen Langton. Under contract with the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press. Latin text 45 000 words, with introduction. In progress.

Journal Articles

“Monastic Education and the Interpretation of Biblical Violence: Dinah and Thamar in Cistercian Literature.” The Mediaeval Journal.  forthcoming. 11 000 words.

“William of Pagula’s Speculum religiosorum, Abbas vel Prior and Uthred of Boldon: The Authorship and Circulation of Two Fourteenth-Century Monastic Treatises.” Revue bénédictine 127 (2017): 364-387.

“Aquinas and ‘Alcuin’: A New Source of the Catena on John.” Recherches de théologie et de philosophie médiévales 83 (2016): 3-20. (co-author with Alexander Andrée and Richard Shaw)

Tractatus de confessione ‘Activus contemplativo’: A Thirteenth-Century Confessional Treatise for Monks.” Mediaeval Studies 76 (2014): 1-56.

“A Treatise with Too Many Authors?: The Speculum novitii Attributed to Stephen of Sawley.” Cîteaux: Commentarii Cistercienses 65 (2014): 277-297.

Essays in multi-author volumes

“Bishops, Canon Law, and the Religious, c.1140-c.1350,” in The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West, edited by Alison Beach and Isabelle Cochelin. 2vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. 2: 1093-1108.

 “From the University to the Cloister: The Manipulus florum and William of Pagula’s Speculum religiosorum,” in New Perspectives on Thomas of Ireland’s Manipulus florum: Proceedings of the Colloquium, 16-17 May 2014, edited by Jacqueline Hamesse, María José Muñoz, and Chris L. Nighman. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, 2018. 147-164.

“William of Pagula’s Speculum religiosorum: A Legal Compendium in a Work of Monastic Formation,” in The Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, Toronto, 5-11 August, 2012, edited by Joseph Goering, Stephan Dusil, and Andreas Thier. Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2016. 573-580.


From French: Cécile Caby, “Introduction to the Sources of Late Medieval Monasticism.” In The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism, ed. Beach and Cochelin. 2: 941-957.

From Latin: Hildemar of Corbie, Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict. Chp. 3 “On Bringing the Brothers to Counsel,” Chp. 56 “On the Abbot’s Table.” The Hildemar Project. Edited by Albrecht Diem, et al. www.hildemar.org. 2012-2014. 9500 words.

Book reviews

Aelred of Rievaulx, Homilies on the Prophetic Burdens of Isaiah, trans. Lewis White, intro. Marsha L. Dutton. Cîteaux: Commentarii Cistercienses, forthcoming,  710 words.

Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons for the Autumn Season, trans. Irene Edmonds, rev. Mark Scott, intro. Wim Verbaal. Cîteaux: Commentarii Cistercienses 67 (2016): 383-384.

The First Life of Bernard of Clairvaux by William of Saint-Thierry, Arnold of Bonneval, and Geoffrey of Auxerre, trans. Hilary Costello. Cîteaux: Commentarii Cistercienses 67 (2016): 386-388.  

Conference Organization

3rd St. Michael’s Undergraduate Colloquium: “Knowledge, Action, Wisdom: What is Learning?” To be held at University of St Michael’s College, Toronto, January 25, 2020.