Staff Profile:Dr Rebecca Rist
- Dr Rebecca Rist
- Job Title:
- Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Medieval History
School Director of Teaching and Learning
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.
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:
- Research groups / Centres:
I am a lecturer for the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies.
YNumber of items: 17.
- Rist, R. (2016) The Medieval papacy, crusading, and heresy, 1095-1291. In: Sisson , K. and Larson, A. A. (eds.) A Companion to the Medieval Papacy. Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition . Brill , pp. 309-332. ISBN 9789004299856 doi: 10.1163/9789004315280
- Rist, R. (2016) Popes and Jews, 1095-1291. Oxford University Press , Oxford , pp352. ISBN 9780198717980
- Rist, R. (2015) Papal power and protection in the Shebet Yehudah. Journal of Religious History. ISSN 1467-9809 doi: 10.1111/1467-9809.12324
- Rist, R. A.C. (2015) “Les petits renards qui détruisent la Vigne du Seigneur Sabaoth”. Innocent III et le Cantique des cantiques. In: Cahier 50. Innocent III et le Midi. Cahiers de Fanjeaux. Publication annuelle d'histoire religieuse du Midi de la France au Moyen Age , Mairie - Place des Halles, F-11270 FANJEAUX, France, pp. 255-277. ISBN 9782708934542
- Leglu, C., Rist, R. and Taylor, C., eds. (2014) The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade: a sourcebook. Routledge, London and New York, pp242. ISBN 9781408255506
- Rist, R. A. C. (2014) The medieval papacy and holy war: General crusading letters and papal authority, 1145-1213. In: Ricci, G.R. (ed.) Faith, War and Violence. Religion and Public Life , 39 (1083-2270). Transaction Publishers , New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.) , pp. 105-121. ISBN 9781412854993
- Rist, R. (2013) Through Jewish eyes: polemical literature and the medieval papacy. History, 98 (333). pp. 639-662. ISSN 1468-229X doi: 10.1111/1468-229X.12019
- Rist, R. (2013) From 'Sicut' to 'Turbato' again: 'papal policy' towards Jews in central Middle Ages: the evidence revisited. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History. 3rd Series, 10. pp. 41-78. ISSN 0081-8224
- Rist, R. A. C. (2011) The Baltic Crusades (eleventh to fifteenth centuries). In: Martel, G. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of War. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 231-237. ISBN 9781444338232 doi: 10.1002/9781444338232.wbeow057
- Rist, R. (2011) Pope Gregory IX and the grant of indulgences for military campaigns in Europe in the 1230s: a study in Papal rhetoric. Crusades , 10. pp. 79-102. ISSN 1476-5276
- Rist, R. A. (2010) Introduction to special issue: crusading and state building in the central middle ages. Reading Medieval Studies, 36. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0950-3129
- Rist, R. A. (2010) Salvation and the Albigensian Crusade: Pope Innocent III and the plenary indulgence. Reading Medieval Studies, 36. pp. 95-112. ISSN 0950-3129
- Rist, R. A. C. (2007) The Crusades. In: Dale, A. (ed.) Crusades : authors & audiences. History Teachers' Association of NSW, pp. 66-77. ISBN 9780858543782
- Rist, R. A. (2007) Papal protection and the Jews in the context of crusading, 1198-1245. Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue, 13. pp. 281-309. ISSN 1570-0674
- Rist, R. A. (2007) The power of the purse: usury, Jews and crusaders 1198-1245. In: Bolton, B. and Meeks, C. (eds.) Aspects of power and authority in the middle ages. International Medieval Research (14). Brepols, Turnhout, pp. 197-213. ISBN 9782503527352
- Rist, R. A. (2003) Papal policy and the Albigensian Crusades: continuity or change? Crusades, 2. pp. 99-108. ISSN 1476-5276
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 Society, The 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).