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Professor Andrew Jotischky

Professor Andrew Jotischky

Professor Andrew Jotischky - Professor of Medieval History

I am an historian of medieval religion and culture, with particular interests in and the relationship between belief and lived experiences, and how religious institutions in the Middle Ages worked. My research and teaching covers most of medieval Europe, but I have particular interests in the eastern Mediterranean and the Crusades.

Most of my research centres on religious figures and how they operated in their political, cultural and spiritual landscape. I am especially interested in monks, hermits and female religious, and in relations between Latin and Greek Christians in the Middle Ages. Understanding what ‘sainthood’ meant in the Middle Ages, how saints were thought to operate, and how people wrote about them, forms a large part of my research and teaching. I am also interested in pilgrimage, especially to the Holy Land, and what the practices of devotion to shrines tells us about medieval religious culture. My research on ascetic aspects of monasticism has also developed into a broader interest in the cultural history of food, feasting and fasting, especially in the Middle Ages.  

More information about my research is available via PURE

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BBC Radio 4 (‘The Food Programme’; ‘Sunday’; ‘Beyond Belief’)

Channel 4 (‘The Bone Detectives’)

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