Staff Profile:Dr Rebecca Rist

Name:
Dr Rebecca Rist
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:

Associate Professor in Medieval History

School Director of Teaching and Learning

Undergraduate Supervision:

At Part One I supervise a module: Anti-Semitism: Medieval Christian-Jewish Relations and the Concept of 'Anti-Semitism'.  I also lecture and teach for the Part One modules Journeys in History I and Journeys in History 2.  

At Part Two I teach a Period module The Crusades, 1095-1291.  At Part Three I supervise the Option module: Religion and Politics in the Medieval West and a Special Subject module: Heresy and Persecution in the Medieval World.  I also supervise third-year undergraduate dissertations.

Postgraduate Supervision:

I am a lecturer for the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies.  For the taught MA and M (Res) in Medieval Studies I offer options on The Crusades, The Papacy in the Central Middle Ages, Heresy, Christian-Jewish Relations, Minorities in the Middle Ages, Medieval Monasticism, Christian Hagiography and Medieval Christian Spirituality.  I also supervise dissertations within these areas of expertise. 

I am happy to supervise any Ph.D. student with interests in the crusades, the papacy, ecclesiastical history, heresy and dissent, Christian-Jewish relations and medieval minorities.  I currently have two Ph.D. students working respectively on medieval debates about Poverty, and southern French culture at the time of the Albigensian Crusade, and I welcome more applications.  Another Ph.D. student recently completed a Ph.D. thesis on the Cathar heresy.  

I am also willing to offer language courses at MA level in Classical Greek and Classical and Medieval Latin. 

Areas of Interest:

My research interests include the history of crusading, Jewish-Christian relations, the medieval Church, the papacy, religious belief and political ideas in the Central Middle Ages.

My book The Papacy and Crusading in Europe, 1198-1245 (Continuum, 2009) examines the papacy's authorisation of crusades against heretics and political enemies in Europe during the first half of the thirteenth century.

My book The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade: A Sourcebook, ed. C. Leglu, R. Rist and C. Taylor (Routledge, 2014) brings together a rich and diverse range of medieval sources to examine key aspects of the growth of heresy and dissent in southern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.    

My book Popes and Jews, 1095-1291 (Oxford University Press, 2016) examines the papacy's relationship to Jewish communities in western Europe in the High Middle Ages.    

 Recent articles have explored aspects of papal policy with regard to crusading and the papacy's treatment of heretics and Jews in the High Middle Ages.

I am currently working with two other scholars on two books for Routledge on the theme of Catholic piety and devotional lay sensibilities.   

I regularly write historical blogs for the Department of History including:

https://unireadinghistory.com/2015/02/12/a-historical-perspective-on-wolf-hall-thomas-cromwell-and-thomas-more-revisited/

https://unireadinghistory.com/2015/03/06/did-the-cathars-exist/

https://unireadinghistory.com/2016/04/15/walter-scotts-rebecca/

https://unireadinghistory.com/2016/05/30/a-bluffers-guide-to-the-medieval-papacy/

Research groups / Centres:

I am a lecturer for the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies.    

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Further Publications not listed on Centaur:

Book Reviews of:

Mark Gregory Pegg, A Most Holy War. The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 60 (2009), 580-1. 

Laurence W. Marvin, The Occitan War. A Military and Political History of the Albigensian Crusade, 1209-1218 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), in The Journal of Military History, Vol. 73, no. 1 (2009), 258-9.

Anna Sapir Abulafia, Christian-Jewish Relations 1000-1300. Jews in the Service of Medieval Christendom (Harlow: Pearson, 2011), in History, Vol. 97, Issue 327 (2012), 489-91. 

Claire Taylor, Heresy, Crusade and Inquisition in Medieval Quercy (The University of York: York Medieval Press, 2011), in Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature, Vol. 96, Issue 1 (2012), 39-41.

Philip B. Baldwin, Pope Gregory X and the Crusades (Boydell and Brewer: Woodbridge, 2014) in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66, Issue 4 (October 2015), 865-86.   

Other Information about me:  

I am the former Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Reading Medieval Studies.

I am a member of The Social Church Workshop, The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East , The Ecclesiastical History SocietyThe London Society for Medieval Studies and The British Association for Jewish Studies

I am a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and sit on the Steering Committee of History UK (HE). I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

In 2008 I organised the University of Reading Stenton Lecture and Symposium in honour of Emeritus Professor Malcolm Barber.

In 2010 I was awarded a Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Endowment Trust Fund prize for Best Early Career Research Output for my book The Papacy and Crusading in Europe, 1198-1245 (Continuum, 2009).   

Dr Rebecca Rist

Contact Details

Email:
r.a.c.rist@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 7337

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