Santa Clara University

St. Clare Garden

The Designer

Nancy Spatz Lucid earned a B.A. in Classics from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York), and an A.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, California). She has taught courses on Western Civilization, Women in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the History of Universities, Apocalyptic Movements, Medieval and Renaissance Political Thought, Rome through the Ages, and St. Clare and the Spirituality of Gardening at various schools, including Cornell University, Alfred University, University of Northern Colorado, The Colorado College, San Francisco State University, and Santa Clara University. She lives in San Jose, California and can be contacted at All the photos of plants and sculptures on this web site were taken by her unless otherwise noted.

Nancy Lucid and daughter Connie

Designer and daughter Connie

Publications (under the name Nancy Spatz):

Principia: A Study and Edition of Inception Speeches Delivered before the Faculty of Theology at the University of Paris, ca. 1180-1286. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University, 1992.

"A Newly Identified Text: The Inception Speech of Galdericus, First Cluniac Regent Master of Theology at the University of Paris," in Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Age 61 (1994):133-147.

"Evidence of Inception Ceremonies in the Twelfth-Century Schools of Paris," History of Universities 13 (Oxford, 1994):3-19.

"Approaches and Attitudes to a New Medieval Textbook, the Sentences of Peter Lombard," in The Intellectual Climate of the Early University, ed. Nancy Van Deusen. Kalamazoo, MI: The Medieval Institute, 1997: 27-52.

“Imagery in University Inception Speeches,” in Medieval Sermons and Society: Cloister, City, University, ed. Jacqueline Hamesse, et. al. Louvain-la-Neuve: Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Médiévales, 1998: 329-342.

“Apocalypticism: A Senior Capstone History Seminar,” in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 7/2 (Fall 1999): 43-54.

"Church Porches and the Liturgy in Twelfth-Century Rome," in The Medieval Liturgy: A Volume for Teaching, eds. Thomas Heffernan and E. Ann Matter. Kalamazoo, MI: The Medieval Institute, 2001: 327-367, 2001, reprinted 2005.

“The Forgiveness Seminar,” in Explore 5/2 (Spring 2002):35-36.

“A Historic Garden at Santa Clara University,” Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Santa Clara University Newsletter, Spring, 2002.

Designer's son Tony visits the garden

Designer's son Tony admires the mullein


This web site was written and designed by Nancy Lucid whose research was supported by a generous grant from the Bannan Institute for Jesuit Educational Mission at Santa Clara University.

For questions regarding the web site contact Nancy Lucid.  All rights reserved.

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