Nicholas Terpstra

Nicholas Terpstra



Nicholas Terpstra is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on a project to produce a digital map of sixteenth century Florence.


His books include Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World (Cambridge: 2015), Cultures of Charity: Women, Politics, and the Reform of Poor Relief in Renaissance Italy (Harvard: 2013) which won the Marraro Prize of the American Historical Association and the Goodhart Gordan Prize of the Renaissance Society of America, Lost Girls: Sex and Death in Renaissance Florence (Johns Hopkins: 2010),Abandoned Children of the Italian Renaissance: Orphan Care in Florence and Bologna (Johns Hopkins: 2005), and Lay Confraternities and Civic Religion in Renaissance Bologna(Cambridge: 1995), which was awarded the Marraro Prize of the Society for Italian Historical Studies. He has also edited a number of collections including: Faith’s Boundaries: Laity & Clergy in Early Modern Confraternities (Brepols: 2012), The Art of Executing Well: Rituals of Execution in Renaissance Italy (Truman: 2008), The Politics of Ritual Kinship: Confraternities and Social Order in Early Modern Italy (Cambridge: 2000), Sociability & Its Discontents: Social Capital & Civil Society in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe with N. Eckstein (Brepols: 2008), The Renaissance in the Streets, Schools, and Studies with K. Eisenbichler (Toronto: 2008), The Renaissance in the 19th Century with Y. Portebois (Toronto: 2003).