July 5, 1936|
|Died||January 7, 2009
|Fields||Medieval intellectual history, cultural history|
|Institutions||Princeton University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Doctoral advisor||Beryl Smalley, Richard Southern, Richard Hunt|
|Known for||Seminal contributions to medieval studies|
Flint was born in Derby. She studied at Rutland House School, before winning a scholarship to read at Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford. Focusing on the 12th century, Flint studied for an MPhil under Beryl Smalley, Richard Southern, Richard Hunt and Lorenzo Minio-Paluello.
After education, Flint took up lecturing and worked at the University of Auckland. In the late 1980s, Flint relocated to Princeton University as a Fellow of the Davis Center. While working at the Institute for Advanced Study (also in Princeton), Flint completed her most extended and important publication, The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe. She also held fellowships with the University of Canberra, Clare Hall, Cambridge, the University of Chicago, the University of Minneapolis, Trinity College, Cambridge, and All Souls, Oxford.
Later life and death
In 1999, while at Princeton as a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Flint discovered that she was suffering from a virulent form of cancer. When her treatment enabled her to, she returned to Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. She centred her subsequent studies on the Hereford Mappa Mundi.
On 7 January 2009, Flint died at home in her library.
- Imago Mundi (1982)
- Ideas in the Middle Ages (1988)
- The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe (1991)
- The Imaginative Landscape of Christopher Columbus (1992)
- Authors of the Middle Ages 6 (1995)