Michael I. Allen

Michael Allen

Michael I. Allen (Ph.D. Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 1994) is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and the College, and an associate in the Department of History. He has prepared an edition of the ninth-century historian Frechulf of Lisieux and is the author of articles on medieval Latin historiography and poetry. His teaching is focused primarily on the Latin literature of the Middle Ages and on Latin palaeography.


Department of Classics
1115 E. 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637

office: Classics 22A
home tel.: 773-288-1507
email: frechulf@uchicago.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Forschungsstipendium (April–December), Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
  • 2010 Forschungsstipendium (June–August), Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, University of Erlangen
  • 2010 Visiting Professor, Mitellateinishes Seminar (June–July), University of Erlangen
  • 2003 Médaille d’honneur de la Ville de Lisieux (conferred on the occasion of the round table, Autour de Fréculfe de Lisieux: écrire l’histoire dans la province ecclésiastique de Rouen au IXe siècle, 26 April 2003, organized to mark the publication of the CCCM edition of Frechulf)
  • 2002 Affiliated Fellow, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago
  • 2001–2002 Forschungsstipendium, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, University of Münster (Westfalen, BRD)
  • 1995–98 Research Fellowship in the Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (on leave 1996–97)
  • 1994–95 George C. Metcalf Fellow, Victoria College, University of Toronto
  • 1993–95 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 1992–93 Queen Elizabeth II Ontario Fellowship
  • 1991–92 Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 1991 Borsa di studio, Settimana internazionale di studio, Centro Italiano di studi sull’Alto Medioevo, Spoleto, Italy
  • 1988–91 Open Fellowship, University of Toronto
  • 1988–91 Junior Fellowship, Massey College in the University of Toronto
  • 1985–86 University Fellowship, Yale University
  • 1985 Seymour Simches Scholar, Tufts University European Center, Talloires, France
  • 1984 Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Chapter of Massachusetts, Tufts University



  • Frechulfi Lexouiensis episcopi Opera omnia. Ed. Michael I. Allen. 2 vols. (1. Prolegomena – Indices; 2. Textus). Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaeualis 169–169A. Turnhout: Brepols, 2002.

Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes

  • “Lupus of Ferrières,” for Guide to the Historial Reception of Augustine (OUP: Oxford, in press)
  • “Frechulf of Lisieux,” for Guide to the Historial Reception of Augustine (OUP: Oxford, in press)
  • “Lupus, or The Wolf in the Library (with a new edition and translation of Lupus of Ferrières, Ep. 1),” Experiments in Empathy: A Festschrift for Karl F. Morrison (Brepols: Turnhout, in press)
  • “Fréculfe de Lisieux: l’histoire de l’Antiquité comme témoignage de l’actualité,” Tabularia 8 (2008): 59–79.
  • “Paleography”. In World Book Encyclopedia, vol. 15. Chicago: World Book, 2007.
  • “Universal History 300–1000: Origins and Western Developments.” In Historiography in the Middle Ages, ed. Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis, pp. 17–42 (Chapter One). Leiden: Brill, 2003.
  • “Addenda and Corrigenda to ‘Flavius Renatus Vegetius,’ CTC, VI, 175–184.” In Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum vol. 8, pp. 346–50. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2003.
  • “The Chronicle of Claudius of Turin.” In After Rome’s Fall: Narrators and Sources of the Early Middle Ages, ed. A. C. Murray, pp. 288–319. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.
  • “Bede and Frechulf at Medieval St. Gallen.” In Beda Venerabilis: Historian, Monk and Northumbrian, ed. L. A. J. R. Houwen and A. A. MacDonald, pp. 61–80. Mediaevalia Groningana, 19. Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 1996
  • “The Metrical Passio Crispini et Crispiniani of Henry of Avranches.” Analecta Bollandiana 108 (1990): 357–86


  • M. K. Lafferty, Walter of Châtillon’s ‘Alexandreis.’ Epic and the Problem of Historical Understanding. Turnhout: Brepols, 1998. In The Classical Review N.S. 51 (2001): 453–55.
  • F. Mantello and A. G. Rigg, eds. Medieval Latin: An Introduction and Bibliographic Guide. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1996. In University of Toronto Quarterly 67, no. 1 (Winter, 1997–8): 175–6.
  • Paul Gerhard Schmidt, ed. Karolellus atque Pseudo-Turpini Historia Karoli Magni et Rotholandi. Stuttgart and Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1996. In Journal of Medieval Latin 7 (1997): 276–9.
  • Rosamond McKitterick, ed. The New Cambridge Medieval History, vol. 2: c. 700 – c.900 (Cambridge, 1995). In Journal of Ecclesiastical History 48 (1997): 528–30.
  • James C. Russell, The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation (Oxford, 1993). In Catholic Historical Review 81 (1995): 416–17
  • M. M. Hildebrandt, The External School in Carolingian Society (Leiden: Brill, 1992). In Speculum 69 (1994): 173–74


  • Pierre Riché. The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993. Pp. 398
  • Georg Holzherr. Einsiedeln: The Monastery and Church of Our Lady of the Hermits. Munich: Schnell und Steiner, 1988. Pp. 104

Work in Progress

  • Edition of the Letter-book of Lupus of Ferrières, for Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library.
  • A volume of studies on Frechulf of Lisieux.
  • Edition of ‘Lesser Chronicles’ of the ninth century (Chronica minora saec. IX) for CCCM.
  • Monograph on universal historical writing in the ninth century.

Most Recent Courses Taught

  • Accelerated Introductory Latin
  • Roman Historiography
  • European Civilization
  • Medieval Latin
  • Study Abroad Program in Vienna
  • Roman Oratory
  • Greek Thought and Literature
  • Latin Paleography