Alumna of the Medieval Institute, Prof. Rachel Koopmans, Elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Author: Brandon Cook

Thomas Becket WindowStained glass window of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

Rachel Koopmans, Associate Professor of History at the University of York in Toronto and a doctoral graduate of the Medieval Institute (2001), has been recently elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Of this accomplishment York University writes, "In her wide-ranging explorations of medieval religious culture, Rachel Koopmans has made major contributions to the fields of history, literature, manuscript studies, and art history. Author of the influential and award-winning Wonderful to Relate: Miracle Stories and Miracle Collecting in High Medieval England (2011), she has now extended her reach into the specialist area of medieval stained glass, and is engaged in a revolutionary study of the famous “miracle windows” at Canterbury Cathedral devoted to Thomas Becket." Read York University's full press release.

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