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Dr Lucia Akard


As an undergraduate, I studied history, literature, and French at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. I then went on to do my master’s in Medieval Studies at Oriel, and my DPhil in History at Linacre College.

Research Interests

I am a specialist in gendered violence, legal history, and women’s history in the late Middle Ages. 

My doctoral work was on victims and survivors of rape in late medieval France and Burgundy, with a focus on women’s experiences, discourses of consent, and community action. I am currently working on revising my thesis for publication with OUP, and on a project about sex workers and community in medieval Dijon.

I am also interested in medieval legal culture, and have worked on the production of legal documents, the impact that giving testimony had on medieval people’s experiences of crimes, and interactions between courts and communities. 



Victims and Survivors of Rape in Late Medieval France and Burgundy, Oxford Historical Monographs series, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.


“Medieval Sex Work: a State of the Field,” in The English Historical Review. Accepted, forthcoming.

“Unequal Power and Sexual Consent: The Case of Cassotte la Joye” in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 44 no. 1 (2022): 285-292.

“Futures of Medieval Consent,” with Alice Raw, in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 44, no. 1 (2022): 363-367.