Dr. Allison Fizzard

Associate Professor of History
BA Hons (Memorial), MA, PhD (Toronto)

Phone: 306.359.1242 | Fax: 306.359.1200 | Office: CM 503

Research Interests

Medieval religious and social history, particularly of England and Wales c. 1100-1540; monastic history; the history of costume and dress

Short Bio

Allison Fizzard was born and grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her desire to learn more about the Middle Ages took her to the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, through which she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. In 1998 she decided to keep moving west and accepted a position teaching medieval history at Campion College at the University of Regina.


Allison Fizzard’s research focuses on the history of monasteries and monasteries in England and Wales in the late Middle Ages and early sixteenth century. She is currently investigating the connections between English and Welsh religious houses and lay people in the years leading up to the dissolution of the monasteries in the reign of King Henry VIII. Drawing on records submitted to the Court of Augmentations in the 1530s and 1540s, she is focussing on the retirement arrangements lay people made with religious houses as well as the various ways in which lay women (especially widows) interacted with these monastic communities.

Representative Publications

  • “Corrodies at Houses of Regular Canons in England, c. 1485-1539.”
    In The Regular Canons in the Medieval British Isles, eds. Janet Burton and Karen Stöber. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2012 (forthcoming).
  • “Nuns, Convents, and Monasteries: The Monastic Orders and Their Costumes.”
    In The Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles, c. 450-1450, eds. Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth and Maria Hayward. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2012.
  • “Plympton Priory: A House of Augustinian Canons in South-Western England in the Late Middle Ages.”
    Book. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2008.
  • “Shoes, Boots, Leggings, and Cloaks: The Augustinian Canons and Dress in Later Medieval England.”
    Journal of British Studies 46 (April, 2007): 245-62.

Awards and Distinctions

  • The Devon History Society’s Devon Book of the Year Award (2008)
    for Plympton Priory: A House of Augustinian Canons in South-Western England in the Late Middle Ages.