MemberTamar Rotman

I am a historian of late antique and early medieval history, interested in the role of hagiography and the cults of saints in the cultural and social history of their time. In my PhD dissertation, I have examined the hagiographical corpus of Gregory of Tours and showed that three of his hagiographical works (the Glory of the Martyrs, the Glory of the Confessors, and the Vita Paturm) were actually meant to be read together as an ecclesiastical history. This history, I argue, helped Gregory to construct a Gallo-Christian identity for the people living in sixth-century Merovingian Gaul. My current research examines Gregory of Tours’ autobiographical anecdotes in his historiographical and hagiographical works and aims at showing how Gregory tried to write his own hagiography and construct his future cult as a saint.

MemberKent Navalesi

…The Medieval Academy of America

Hagiography Society…

I am a PhD candidate in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I specialize in Late Antiquity with particular research interests in the religious uses of literacy in the early barbarian kingdoms. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Venantius Fortunatus and the Literary Promotion of Saints’ Cults inSixth-Century Gaul,” examines the prose hagiography of Fortunatus and the ways they engage contemporary discourses on salvation and pastoral care. I am also hoping to publish the first English translation of the heretofore untranslated Fortunatan prose lives. CV here.

MemberMustafa Altuğ Yayla

I am a social and cultural historian of Ottoman book/manuscript cultures in early modern Anatolia and Balkans (ca. 1400-1700). I am especially interested in narrative-based genres and their audience that written in Ottoman Turkish such as storybooks, hagiographies, romances (mesnevis), histories, parables, and like. In a general sense, I concentrate on the vernacularization of Islamicate cosmopolitan culture and the rise of writing in (Ottoman) Turkish in the Rum context.

MemberRicky Broome

…ilable at the White Rose Repository

[2008-2009] Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

2009: Master’s Degree – Historical Research MA (Distinction)

Thesis title: Constructing Authority in a Post-Roman Kingdom: Hagiography and Political Culture in Late Visigothic Spain

[2004-2007] Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

2007: Bachelor’s Degree – Medieval and Renaissance Studies BA, Hons (2.1)

Dissertation title: Civili…

I’m an independent researcher and early medieval historian based in Leeds. My research covers various aspects of cultural continuity and change in the late Merovingian and early Carolingian worlds, focusing particularly on the eighth century and on aspects of identity, community and otherness. I’m especially interested in hagiography and the process of conversion from paganism to Christianity. Available to review books/articles on these or related topics. Please email me to discuss:

MemberCarmen R. Rabell

I am a Comparative Literature professor. My research focuses on European Renaissance and Baroque Cultures. I am particularly interested in (1) Law and Literature (rhetoric, narration, and the law); (2) Classic, Renaissance and Baroque poetics; (3) Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Novella; (4) the picaresque novel and its relationship to confessional discourse, hagiography, and books of conduct; and (5) the politics of monstrous representation in Renaissance and Baroque theater.You can se some of my publications at

MemberWendy Laura Belcher

African language literature (especially that in Gəˁəz, Amharic, Hausa), Anglophone African literature, early African literature, African film, African women authors, history of the African book, African manuscript cultures, African female saints, and queer African studies; as well as race and gender in eighteenth-century English literature, comparative African and European studies, postcolonial literature, Chicana/o literature, African American literature, comparative hagiographies, gender and sexuality, memoir, indirection and censorship, travel literature, manuscript studies, prison literature, intellectual autobiography, and supernatural monsters.

MemberShannon Cunningham

I publish academic monographs, essay collections, and editions/translations in the fields of medieval studies, early modern studies, and Asian studies. (The complete list of series I manage can be accessed here.) If you’re working on a book proposal, or have any questions about the publication processes of the presses I work for, please get in touch with me ( I welcome any proposals related to the aforementioned fields, but my specific interests pertain to intellectual history, hagiography, Old Norse, medieval/early modern literature, Chinese history, and cross-cultural engagements.

MemberHelen Lawson

Helen Lawson’s doctoral thesis, ‘Navigating Northumbria: Mobility, Allegory and Writing Travel in Early Medieval Northumbria’, considers the narrational and theological role of travel and mobility in Northumbrian histories and hagiographies. This work originally stemmed from the idea that scholarship on early medieval northern Britain tends to underestimate, or reject outright, the role of land transport in early medieval mobility. Whilst the original starting point was focussed on the practice and practicalities of travel, the thesis has shifted to interrogate the conceptual role of travel in the milieu of Bede and his contemporaries.  

MemberMelissa Ridley Elmes

I specialize in the medieval British Isles and North Atlantic World, with emphasis on Old and Middle English, Anglo- Norman, Welsh, and Old Norse/Icelandic languages, literatures, and cultures, alongside interests in premodern Irish, Scottish, and French literature and culture as well. I have a broad range of research and teaching interests, including Arthuriana; Chaucer; Robin Hood/outlawry; women’s and gender studies, particularly women’s literate practices; alchemy, magic, and esoterica; monsters and the supernatural; hagiography; literature and the law; genre studies in romance, chronicle, dream vision, mystic and devotional literature; cultural and historical literary studies (feasts and feasting; disasters and delights; violence and trauma; chivalry and courtliness; dreams and dreaming; landscapes and the environment; medieval afterlives); comparative literature; ecocritical and animal studies; manuscript studies/ text technologies and history of the English language. I am trained as an interdisciplinary literary historian, and as a scholar I am interested in the relationships between texts and the cultures that produce them, and invested in the ways in which multiple methodologies can be used in tandem to create a more focused and nuanced lens on a single subject. To that end, I make use of theoretical paradigms and methods from English, History, Art History, Anthropology, Culture/ Material and Gender Studies, among others, in my research and writing.