History of Medieval Europe


Patrick J. Geary  Medieval History

Professors Emeriti

Caroline Walker Bynum  Medieval European History

Giles Constable  Medieval History

Medieval history in the School of Historical Studies has a distinguished record, which began with the appointment of Ernst Kantorowicz in 1951 on the basis of his studies on Frederick II.  While at the Institute, he wrote his most important book, The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Medieval Political Theology (1957), whose influence reached far beyond the field of medieval studies and is still regarded as a classic of historical scholarship.  A few years after Kantorowicz's retirement, the School appointed Kenneth Setton, who specialized in the history of the Crusades, and then Giles Constable (Professor 1985-2003, Emeritus 2003-present), who has made fundamental contributions in the area of intellectual and religious history, concentrating especially in the central and late Middle Ages.  The high standards and international reputation of medieval studies at the Institute was further enhanced with the appointment of Caroline Walker Bynum (Professor 2003-2011, Emerita 2011-present).  Bynum has pioneered the study of medieval women, introducing the category of gender in the study of religiosity, intellectual history and spirituality, including in her internationally acclaimed book Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women (1987).

The current professor's interests range from historical ethnicity, nationalism, genetic history and Carolingian monastic culture to comparative history, the history of memory, and the study of religious research in all areas of medieval studies broadly conceived and encourage applications from qualified scholars from anywhere in the world.  The School aspires to both depth and diversity in bringing together every year a group of distinguished scholars in the broad area of medieval civilization.

Members, 2017-2018

= first term only  = second term only

Elisheva Baumgarten
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Medieval History
University of Aberdeen
Medieval History
John Eldevik 
Hamilton College
Medieval Social and Religious History
Valerie Garver
Northern Illinois University
Early Medieval History
Cynthia Hahn
Hunter College CUNY
Medieval Art History
Cecily Hilsdale
McGill University
Byzantine and Medieval Art
Adam Izdebski
Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Medieval Environmental History
Jamie Kreiner
University of Georgia
Early Medieval History
Eduard Mühle
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
East European History
Jörg Peltzer
Heidelberg University
Medieval History


Member Columba Stewart acts to save manuscripts from ISIS


Upcoming regional events of interest to Medievalists:



July 3-6
International Medieval Congress Leeds, Otherness. The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome. However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch. The online proposals system will be available by 15 May 2016. Deadlines:  Paper proposals: August 31, 2016, Session proposals: September 30, 2016.

Publications of Interest to Medievalists:

New book published by former Visitor Alexander O'Hara.


Past Members, Visitors, and Research Assistants