Grace Pesticcio


My research is supervised by William Flynn, Lecturer in Medieval Latin, and Julia Barrow, Professor in Medieval Studies at Leeds.

I completed a BA(hons) in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds in 2018, in which I wrote a dissertation on the intersection of gendered bodies and power within medieval fabliaux and romance narratives. I then earned a Distinction-level MA in Medieval Studies in the Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) at Leeds in 2019, in which I wrote a dissertation entitled: ‘Virgin, Bride, and Martyr: Gendering St Agnes of Rome in Passio Sanctae Agnetis, the Liber Peristephanon, and Two Fifteenth-Century Liturgical Sequences’. I received the Mr Robert L Thomson prize for Best Overall Performance in MA Medieval Studies and Medieval History for my MA.

Conference Papers

I delivered a paper at the 2019 Medieval and Early Modern Studies Symposium ‘Sex and Gender Politics’ at Northumbria University. The paper was entitled ‘Violence, Gender, and Performance in Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis’.

I also delievered a paper at the 2020 Virtual International Medieval Congress based on my MA dissertation. The paper was entitled: ‘Gendering St Agnes of Rome in a Fifteenth-Century Sequence’.

Research interests

My current research looks at intersections of liturgy and community identity in the sequentiaries of Neuwerkskloster, an Augustinian convent in Erfurt, from 1300-1450. These sequentiaries are found in three surviving graduals from this convent.

I am interested in how women expressed their religious devotion, as communities, through liturgical sequences with a focus on gendered expression. I am particularly interested in how the sequences of Neuwerkskloster interpret the lives of local and patrom saints, how the sequentiaries conform or deviate with wider regional repertories (especially with male Augustinian houses), and how local saints are portrayed in comparison to widely venerated saints.

My research is interdisciplinary, combining manuscript study, poetic analyses of sequences, critical gender theory, and historical overview to produce a comprehensive case study on these sequentiaries.


  • MA Medieval Studies
  • BA(hons) English Language and Literature