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Dr Michael Robson

Emeritus Fellow and former Dean of Chapel, Admissions Tutor and Praelector

Membership of historical & theological societies  2018, 14 April:

2018, 14 April: appointed to the editorial board of Archivum Franciscanum Historicum, Rome.  

2017, 15 December: co-opted as a Socio ordinario of Società Internazionale di Studi Francescani in Assisi. 

2012, November: appointed to the scientific committee of Studii Franciscane: Revista Institutului Teologic Romano-Catolic Franciscan Roman, Romania. 

2012, October: appointed a member of the Comitato scientifico of Frate Francesco, rivista di cultura francescana. 

2011, October: appointed a member of the Comitato scientifico of Il Santo, rivista francescana di storia dottrina arte

2009, March: appointed as a member of the Conseil International of Revue d’histoire ecclésiatiqueReappointed for a further five years in 2014 until 2019.

2004, 29 November: appointed as Associate Editor of Franciscan Studies, St Bonaventure’s University, New York. 

1999/2000: Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research at the University of York. 

1999, September: elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Resignation in 2011 in retirement. 

1990, September: appointment as honorary lecturer in theology and the seniority of Keynes College, University of Kent at Canterbury. 

1988, 29 December: appointed socio esterno o aggregato of the Istituto storico dei Cappuccini in Rome on the recommendation of Revd.Dr. Servus Gieben, OFM. Cap.

Fellow, Dean of Chapel (1992-2011 as a member of the Friars Minor Conventual).     He obtained from Pope Francis a dispensation from the priesthood and religious life. He was Admissions Tutor for Undergraduates (1996-2002 & 2011-13), Tutor (2007-13), Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies (1996-2013) and Praelector (from 2003-15). He has been an Emeritus Fellow since 2013. He read Theology at the University of Kent in Canterbury (1974-77) and obtained a Ph.D. in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge as a member of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1983-85).  He was a lector at the Franciscan Study Centre, Canterbury, and an honorary lecturer at the University of Kent (1986-92). He has assessed book proposals submitted to Cambridge University Press, Brill and Oxford University Press. He has supervised undergraduates, marked M.Phil. papers and examined dissertations and Ph.Ds in Cambridge and elsewhere. He was elected as an honorary visiting fellow in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University of York, for 1999-2000. His articles have been published in several journals of Franciscan studies and he has contributed to more than 30 monographs and proceedings of conferences. 


Saint Francis of Assisi: The Legend and the Life, Geoffrey Chapman. Cassell, London, 1997, pp. 1-294, ISBN 0225667363, Paperback published in 1999, ISBN 0225668769, and reprinted by Continuum in 2002, ISBN 0826465080. 

The Franciscans in the Medieval Custody of York (Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University of York, Borthwick Papers, 93), York, 1997, pp. 1-40, ISBN 0524-0913. An Ebook. 

The Franciscans in the Middle Ages (Monastic Orders, general editor, Janet Burton), Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, 2006, pp. i-xiv, 1-239, ISBN 1843832216. Paperback in 2009, ISBN 9781843835158. An eBook from November 2011. 

The Greyfriars of England (1224-1539): collected papers (Centro Studi Antoniani, 49), Padua, 2012, pp. vii-xiv, 1-400. ISBN 9788885155909. An Ebook from 2012. 

A Biographical Register of the Franciscans in the Custody of York c.1229-1539, The Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, Record Series, 165, Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, 2019, pp.i-xviii, 1-307. 

Edited volumes

The Cambridge Companion to Francis of Assisi (Cambridge Companions to Religion), Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp.vii-xvii, 1-305. ISBN 9780521757829, Paperback 9780521760430. An eBook.  A Portugese translation by Alessandra Siedschlag, Francisco de Assis História e herança, Editora Santuário, Aparecida, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015, ISBN 9788536904092. 

The English province of the Franciscans (1224-c.1350) (The Medieval Franciscans, 14), Brill, Leiden, 2017, pp. i-xxx, 1-416. ISBN 9789004331617, An E-book.  Co-edited volumes  Canterbury Studies in Franciscan History, I, ed.M.J.P.Robson and J.Röhrkasten, (Canterbury, 2008), pp.1-231, ISBN 9780954927219. 

Co-edited volumes

Canterbury Studies in Franciscan History, I, ed.M.J.P.Robson and J.Röhrkasten, (Canterbury, 2008), pp.1-231, ISBN 9780954927219.

Franciscan Organisation in the Mendicant Context: Formal and informal structures of the friars’ lives and ministry in the Middle Ages, ed.M.J.P.Robson and J.Röhrkasten, Vita Regularis, 44 (Münster, 2010), pp.i-xxiii, 1-414, ISBN 9783643108203. 

Insanity and Divinity: Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Studies in Psychosis and Spirituality, ed.J.Gale, M.J.P.Robson and G.Rapsomatioti, Routledge, Studies in Psychosis and Spirituality (London, 2013), pp. i-xxix, 1-255, ISBN 9780415608619. 

The Franciscan Order in the Medieval English Province and Beyond, ed.M.J.P.Robson and P.N.R.Zutshi, Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West (Amsterdam University Press, 2018), pp.1-296. ISBN 9789462986473.