Andrea Mancini

Andrea Mancini


After obtaining a BA in Anthropological Studies at University of Bologna with a dissertation titled ‘In the Shadow of the Light. The Concept of Deification in Clement of Alexandria (150-215)’, I graduated from the University of Florence in History of Religions (110/110 cum laude) with a dissertation on 'The Commentary on Lamentations by Paschasius Radbertus (785-865)'. I completed a second MA in History at the University of Macerata, thanks to which I took part in the Erasmus Programme at the University of Clermont-Ferrand and I worked at the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh. After completing my second MA with a dissertation titled 'Mutuum, Usury and Restitution of Usury in the Summa Confessorum of Nicholas of Osimo (1375-1454) ', I undertook a PhD at the University of Leeds in October 2016. Since then, I have been intern at the International Medieval Bibliography of Leeds and intern at Brepols Publishing Service in Thessaloniki (Co-funded by Brepols and Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union), thanks to which I have been editorial assistant for the International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance, vol. 50, Brepols, 2018. I am currently bibliographer contributor for Brepols Publishers, Turnhout.

Research interests

I research the involvement of religious orders into pastoral care as a tool to investigate the impact of religion on the medieval society. Most of the writings of the Observant friar Niccolò da Osimo (1380?-1454) deal with the religious education for the members of the Franciscan Order and gather theological and canonistic material developed from the Fourth Council of Lateran (1215) until fifteenth century. My research combines religious treaties and the historical narrative in order to shed light on the development of the new reformed Minorite houses in Italy. My main primary sources are the religious treaties of Niccolò da Osimo, letters and sermons written by the friars of the Order, papal bulls, archival sources, and the Latin chronicles of Bernardino Aquilano, Nikolaus Glassberger, Mariano da Firenze, and Luke Wadding.


I am a Postgraduate Tutor on the modules 'Medieval and Renaissance Europe', ‘Introduction to Medieval Latin’ and ‘Intermediate Latin’, within the School of History, and I am also tutoring ‘Beginners Italian’ at the School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies.


Royal Historical Society

Seminar and Conference Papers

'Franciscan Observant Settlements in 15th-Century Italy: Between Historical Narrative and Hagiographic Models', International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (4 July 2019)

'Prédication et pénitence à l’âge de l’Observance. Le rôle de Niccolò da Osimo dans le développement de l’éducation religieuse dans le mouvement de l’Observance franciscaine (1418-1453)', Semaines d’études médiévales, 17-28 June 2019, CESCM, Université de Poitiers

'‘Non omnis divisio mala est’. Voices of Division and Reform in the Observant movement', Las culturas del franciscanismo (siglos XIII-XVI). Miradas y voces dentro y fuera del claustro, organised by Institut d'Estudis Medievalis, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, at Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres, Barcelona (9 November 2018)

'The education of confessor in Niccolò da Osimo’s works 1439-1444', International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds  (3 July 2018)

'Il rinnovamento della confessione come elemento di passaggio verso la “nuova” Osservanza: gli scritti di Niccolò da Osimo (1375-1453)', Centro studi sulla Civiltà del Tardo Medioevo (San Miniato, October 2017)

'Emotions and Penance in the Penitential Summa of the Franciscan Observant Nicholas of Osimo', University of Münster (26 April 2017)

'Economic Ethics through Sins and Penance', Arts & Humanities Poster Conference, University of Leeds (27 October 2016)