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Sara M. Butler

Gregory F. Curtin, S.J., Distinguished Professor of History

Sara M. Butler
Sara M. Butler

After receiving her Ph.D. in Medieval History, from Dalhousie University in 2001, and then completing a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Saint Mary's University, Sara Butler joined the Department of History at Loyola in 2004.  Butler’s philosophy of teaching is that history does not have to be dreary! The medieval era was a period of cultural vitality and intellectual and spiritual enthusiasm; such an absorbing history deserves an animated approach. Her research interests focus primarily on the social history of the law, specifically marriage as a power relationship and the role of the jury in the criminal courts of medieval England.

Recent Publications

  • Medicine and the Law in Medieval Europe, co-edited with Wendy J. Turner. Law and Society Series. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Includes: “Portrait of a Surgeon in Fifteenth-Century England,” and co- authored with Wendy J. Turner, “Medicine and Law: the Conflue
  • “Discourse on the Nature of Coverture in the Later Medieval Courtroom.” In Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World. Ed. Tim Stretton and Krista Kesselring. McGill-Queen’s University Press. December, 2013. By invitation
  • Review of Caroline Dunn, Stolen Women in Medieval England: Rape, Abduction, and Adultery, 1100- 1500, in Journal of British Studies 52.4 (Oct. 2013).
  • Divorce in Medieval England: From One to Two Persons in Law. Routledge Research in Medieval Studies Series. New York: Routledge, March 2013. ISBN 978-0-415-82516-0
  • The Language of Abuse: Marital Violence in Later Medieval England. The Later Middle Ages Series. Leiden: Brill, February 2007. ISBN 978-90-04-15634-0


Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 2001; M.A., University of Toronto; B.A. Honors, York University

Classes Taught

  • Historical Methods Lab
  • Encounters with the Supernatural:  Magic and Religion
  • English History to 1688
  • Medicine in Ancient/Medieval Worlds
  • Creating Medieval Monsters:  Constructions of the Other 
  • The Crusades
  • The Middle Ages
  • Saints and Demons in Medieval Europe
  • World Civilizations to 1650
  • Medieval Sex and Gender
  • Between Eve and Mary:  Women in Medieval Europe

Areas of Expertise

Social History Of The Law, Role Of The Jury In The Criminal Courts Of Medieval England