Curriculum Vitae


Department of History
Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
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"The Making of a Medieval Historian: Ademar of Chabannes and Aquitaine at the Turn of the Millennium"
Princeton University, 1984; Advisor William C. Jordan





1) Relics, Apocalypse, and the Deceits of History: Ademar of Chabannes (989-1034) (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1995)

2) The Peace of God: Social Violence and Religious Response in France around the Year 1000, ed. Thomas Head and Richard Landes (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992)

3) Naissance d'Apôtre: Les origines de la Vita prolixior de Saint Martial de Limoges au XIe siècle (Turnhout: Brepols, 1991) with K. Paupert, trans. of the Vita prolixior.


"While God Tarried: Modernity as Frankenstein's Millennium" Deolog, 4:1 (1997): 6-9, 22-27, 41, 45.

"Owls, Roosters,and Apocalyptic Time: A Historical Method for Reading a Refractory Documentation," Union Seminary Quarterly Review 49 (1996): 165-85.

"Rodulfus Glaber and the Dawn of the New Millennium: Eschatology, Historiography and the Year 1000" Revue Mabillon n.s 7 [=68] (1996): 1- 21.

"The Massacres of 1010: On the Origins of Popular Anti-Jewish Violence in Western Europe," in From Witness to Witchcraft: Jews and Judaism in Medieval Christian Thought, ed. Jeremy Cohen (Wolfenbüttel: Wolfenbüttler Mittelalterlichen-Studien) [in galleys]

"Autour d'Adémar de Chabannes (+1034): Précisions chronologiques au sujet du Limousin vers l'an Mil" Bulletin de la Société Archéologique et Historique du Limousin 122 (1994): 23-54.

"Sur les traces du Millennium: La via negativa," Le Moyen Age, 99 (1993): 5-26.

"Millenarismus absconditus: L'historiographie augustinienne et l'An Mil," Le Moyen Age 98:3-4 (1992): 355-77

"Une nouvelle hérésie est née dans le monde," with Pierre Bonnassie, in Les sociétés méridionales autour de l'An Mil: Répertoire de sources et documents commentés, ed. Michel Zimmermann (Toulouse: CNRS, 1992), pp. 435-59.

"Introduction: France at the Turn of the Millennium," with Thomas Head, in The Peace of God, ed. Head and Landes (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992), pp. 1-20.

"Between Aristocracy and Heresy: Popular Participation in the Limousin Peace of God (994-1032)" in Head and Landes, The Peace of God (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992), pp. 184-219.

"La vie apostolique en Aquitaine au tournant du millennium: Paix de Dieu, culte de reliques et communautés `hérétiques'," Annales, 46:3 (1991): 573-83.

"The absence of St. Martial of Limoges from the Pilgrim's Guide: A Note Based on Work in Progress," in The Codex Calixtinus and the Shrine of St. James, ed. John Williams (Tübingen, 1991), pp. 231-37.

"Anachronistic economics: grain storage in medieval England," with John Komlos, Economic History Review, 2nd ser. 44.1 (1990): 36-45; "Alice to the Red Queen. Re: imperious econometrics," with John Komlos, EHR: 133-36.

"L'accession des Capétiens: Une reconsidération selon les sources," Religion et Culture autour de l'An Mil: Royaume capétien et Lotharingie, (Paris: Picard, 1990), pp. 151-66

"Literacy and the Origins of Inquisitorial Christianity: The Exegetical Battle between Hierarchy and Community in the Christian Empire (300- 500)," in Social History and Issues in Human Consciousness: Some Interdisciplinary Connections, ed. A.E. Barnes & P.N. Stearns (New York: New York University Press, 1989), pp. 137-70.

"Lest the Millennium Be Fulfilled: Apocalyptic Expectations and the Pattern of Western Chronography, 100-800 C.E.," in The Use and Abuse of Eschatology in the Middle Ages, eds. W. D. F. Verbeke, D. Verhelst, and A. Welkenhysen, (Medievalia Lovaniensia ser. 1, studia XV, Louvain, 1988), pp. 137-211

"The Dynamics of Heresy and Reform: Popular Participation in the `Peace of God' Movement in Limoges, 994-1033)," Essays on the Peace of God: The Church and the People in Eleventh Century France, ed. Thomas Head and Richard Landes, special issue of Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques, 14.3 (1987): 467-511.

"A Libellus from St. Martial at the Time of Ademar of Chabannes: Un faux à Retardement," Scriptorium, 37 (1983): 178-204.

Encyclopedia articles:

World Encyclopedia of Peace (Pergamon Press, 1984): Pax Dei, (with F. Paxton)

The Dictionary of the Middle Ages (MacMillan Press, 1986, 1989): 1) Radulphus Glaber 2) Year Thousand, Terrors of

Lexikon des Mittelalters (Artemis Verlag, 1993): Sankt Martial

Dictionary of the Social Sciences (Garland, 1994): 1) Millennialism 2) Scapegoating

Encyclopedia of Medieval France, ed. John Henneman and Grover Zinn (Garland, 1995): 1) Castellan 2) Commune 3) Consuetudines 4) Hugh Capet 5) Peace of God 6) Robert II 7) Truce of God 8) Adalbero of Laon 9) Ademar of Chabannes 10) Apostolic Heresies 11) Cappuciati 12) Cathars 13) Heresy 14) Saint Martial 15) Millenarianism 16) Rodulfus Glaber 17) Waldensians 18) William of Volpiano

Book Reviews:

Stephen White, Custom, Kinship and Gifts to Saints, in Journal of Ritual Studies, 4.1 (1990): 369-72

Geoffrey Koziol, Begging Pardon and Favor, in Speculum 68 (1993): 822-824

Radulphus Glaber's Quinque libri historiarum, in Speculum 68:1 (1993): 247-49

Marcus Bull, Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade, in Speculum, 71 (1996): 135-38

Robert Bartlett, The Making of Europe, in Social History, 30:2 (1996): 545-52


Ademari cabanensis opera omnia, I: Historia, ed. P. Bourgain with R. Landes and G. Pon (Corpus christianorum, continuatio mediaeualis, Brepols, 1996)

"Le dossier aquitain de l'an Mil: Précisions et révisions," Bulletin de la Société des Antiquaires de l'Ouest in translation

Entries in the Dictionnaire encyclopédique du Moyen Age chrétien (Editions du Cerf): 1) L'an Mil 2) Paix et Trève de Dieu 3) Adémar de Chabannes

"The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Then and Now" in The Year 2000, ed. Charles Strozier and Michael Flynn (Rowman and Littlefield, London)



1) While God Tarried: Disappointed Millennialism and the Genealogy of the West (New York: Houghton-Mifflin): in two volumes [under contract]
I. Apocalypse Then: The Making of the Year 1000 (Origins to 1000)
II. Apocalypse Now: The Last Christian Millennium (1000-2000)

2) The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Studies in the Mutation of European Culture, essays edited by R. Landes and D. Van Meter (Oxford University Press, 1997) [under contract]

3) Director of project to publish the Opera Omnia of Ademar of Chabannes, Corpus christianorum, continuatio mediaeualis (Turnout: Brepols); and with French translation in Sources d'Histoire Médiévale (Paris: IRHT)

4) Surviving the End of the World, ed. R. Landes and Jennifer Snow

5) Israel and Antichrist: Jews in the Christian Apocalyptic Scenario, ed. R. Landes and Aaron Katz


6) "Heretics of the Year 1000: Rodulfus Glaber on Leutard and Vilgard," for the Jeffrey Burton Russell Festschrift.

7) "The Turbulent Career of a Master Forger: Documentary Inversions and the Tale of Ademar of Chabannes (989-1034)"

8) "The Miracula sancti Genulfi: A "new" hagiographic text from around the Year 1000"

9) "La Paix de Dieu en tant que mouvement millénariste (une response à Dominique Barthélemy)" Cahiers de civilisation médiévale



Program of three panels entitled "The Terrestrial and The Heavenly Peace in the Middle Ages" at the Utrecht Conference on Medieval Transformations May 9-11

The Millennial Cusp: Western Culture at the Approach of a Millennial Date, Public Panel, Boston, October 22, 1996

Music of the Millennium: Ademar's Apostolic Mass of 997 Anno Passionis: Public Performance with Introductory Playlet, Boston, November 2, 1996

The Apocalyptic Year 1000: International Conference on November 3-5, 1996 Boston University.

Israel and Antichrist: Jews in Christian Apocalyptic Scenarios, Public Panel discussion, Boston, November 5, 1996


The Millennial Year 2000 and the Jewish Community: Public Policy Implications (Susan and David Wilstein Foundation for Public Policy, Spring 1997)

The Apocalyptic Outsider: Millennial Views of the "Unbeliever" in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Hebrew College and Boston University, 1997)


1) Waiting in Fearful Hope: Approaching a New Millennium, University of Wisconsin, September 27-29, 1997

2) Mentalités et comportements religieux, Laboratoire d'Histoire de l'Université du Littoral, Boulogne-sur-Mer, September, 1997.

3) Medieval Futures: Thinking about the Future, 1000-1500 Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, invitation to give plenary address, August, 1997.

4) Le catharisme: Nouvelles approches historiques et historiographiques Centre d'études cathares, Carcassonne, August 11-16, 1997

5) The Literalization of Early Medieval Society, ca. 400 - ca. 1200, University of Utrecht Symposium on Medieval Literacy, June 5-7, 1977

6) La Mutation de l'An Mil, a month-long series of seminars at L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, May, 1997.

7) Jerusalem in Millennial Perspective, Yad


8) Iconoclasm: The Possibility of Representation in Religion Heidelberg, Germany, February 10-14, 1997

9) Contemporary Millenial Movements in East and Southeast Asia, NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions, Kyoto, January 27-30, 1997

10) "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as an Apocalyptic Text," Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, November 21, 1996

11) Bild, Ritual, Erinnerung, Geschichtsschreibung: Der Abstraktionsprozess historischer Erinnerung im Mittelalter German Historical Institute, Heidelberg, Sept. 8-11, 1996

12) "Apocalyptic Expectations around the Year 1000," Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Year 1000, Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, June 17-24, 1996

13) "The Peace of God as a Millennial Movement," at Utrecht Conference on Medieval Transformations May 9-11, 1996

14) "Relic Cults at the Intersection of Popular and Elite Cultures: The Case of the Limousin, 980-1300," Public Lecture at the Cloisters Museum, NY, on the occasion of the joint exhibit Louvre/Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Enamels of Limoges, April 26, 1996

15) "The Jew in the Christian Grammar of Apocalyptic Perceptions: On the Origins of Popular Antisemitism in Eleventh-Century Europe," Symposium on Messianism, Instituted for Advanced Studies and Jewish Studies, Princeton University, March 17-18, 1996

16) "Roosters, Owls and Bats: On the Dynamics and Historiography of Apocalyptic Expectation," in Apocalyptic Time, Second International Taubes Center Colloquium, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, February 18- 23, 1996 INVITED

17) "Le crucifixe pleurant: Au sujet de deux visions insolites dans les Historiae d'Adémar de Chabannes et Raoul Glaber." ARTEM, Université de Nancy, March 13, 1995

18) "De l'an 6000 annus mundi à anno Domini 1000: Aux origines d'un An Mil apocalyptique," Université de Poitiers/CESCM, Poitiers, March 15, 1995

19) "Le peuple, l'aristocratie, et l'église: Adémar de Chabannes et Raoul Glaber en tant que historiens sociales," Séminaire de recherche en histoire chrétienne, Université de Toulouse, March 28, 1995

20) "Le Culte de saint-Martial et la generation de l'an Mil: Reliques, piété publique, et Apocalypse (994-1033)" Public lecture sponsored by the Municipality of Limoges in honor of the millennium of the Peace Council of 994, March 30, 1995

21) "From Charlemagne to Otto III: The Role of Millennial Dates in European Imperial Politics," Haifa University, Medieval History Seminar, December 29, 1994

22) "Apocalyptic Scapegoating and the Origins of Christian Antisemitism," Department of Jewish History, Faculty Seminar, Hebrew University, December 28, 1994

23) "The Emperor's New Clothes and the Messiah's New Kingdom: Notes on Reading Apocalyptic Documents," Ben Gurion University, December 26, 1994

24) "Apocalypse and the Classics: Another Look at Gerbert/Sylvester II and the `Terreurs de l'an Mil'" Harvard University, Medieval Literature Colloquium, April, 1994.

25) "Christian Reaction to Al-Hakim's Destruction of the Holy Sepulcher in 1009: Apocalyptic Fears and the The Origins of Popular Anti-semitism in Western Europe" History and Jewish Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, February 1993

26) "The Terrible Hopes of the Millennium," to the Conference Christianity and Its Discontents, 1000-1500, UCLA, January 1991

27) "The Mutation of the Eleventh Century and the Birth of the Modern West," Conference on the Middle Ages and Modernization, Harvard U., October, 1989

28) "Not a Shred of Evidence: Augustinian Historiography and Millenarianism, 398-1989," Princeton University, March 9, 1989 Millenarianism, 398-1989," Princeton University, March 9, 1989

29) "La vita apostolica au début du XIe siècle: La "Paix de Dieu et la création d'un saint Apôtre à Limoges," Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, February 1, 1989

30) "Le Pseudo-Aurelien et Adémar de Chabannes: contributions orales et écrites à la composition hagiographique au XIe siècle" at the Seminaire de Recherche du Centre d'analyse pour l'histoire du Judaisme Hellenistique et des origines Chrétiennes, Paris, January 31, 1989.

31) "The Millennial Generation (1000-1033) and the Origins of the Modern West: Reflections on Apocalyptic Expectations and Popular Religious Movements," Chicago University History Department, Seminars in Religious History, May 3, 1988


32) "L'accession des Capétiens: Une reconsidération selon les sources," Millénaire des Capétiens: La France de l'An Mil, Colloque du CNRS, Paris, Auxerre, Sens, July 1987.

33) "Charlemagne and the Coronation of the Year 6000: Chronology and Eschatology in Early Medieval Europe," Columbia Center for Medieval Eschatology in Early Medieval Europe," Columbia Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New York, March 1985

34) "`Et ut istud miliarium impleatur restant 63 anni...: Millénarisme chronologique et lement impérial de Charlemagne," 13th International Colloquium, Institute for Medieval History, Catholic University, Louvain, May 1984

35) "Medieval Medical Licensure: An Ambivalent Legacy," Davis Seminar, Princeton University, November, 1979


1) Organizer and Participant in a three-session panel on "The Heavenly and Earthly Peace in the Middle Ages," in Medieval Transformations: A Workshop, University of Utrecht, May 9-11, 1996

2) "Chiliasm, Anti-Semitism, and Jerusalem: On the Motivations of the First Crusaders," in Clermont and Its Consequences, Medieval Academy of America, April 12, 1996

3) "The Peasant Coniuratio of 859: Insights into the Social History of the Late Carolingian Period" French Historical Society, March 22-23, 1996

4) "Redating the Miracula Sancti Genulfi to ca. 1000: New Light on France South of the Loire at the Turn of the Millennium," Kalamazoo Michigan, May, 1994.

5) "Who was then the Gentleman? The Commoner's Bible and Social Revolution in the Middle Ages," AHA Convention, San Francisco, January 8, 1994

6) "Future Directions in Medieval Historiography," Panel discussion at the Mellon Society of Fellows, Columbia University, February, 1993

7) "From 6000 to 1000: Apocalyptic Expectations from the Coronation of Charlemagne to the Years 1000," AHA Convention, Chicago, December 28, 1991

8) "Isonomia and the Dignity of Manual Labor: The Biblical Sources of Democracy in the West," to the Social Science History Conference, Minneapolis, October 1990

9) "From Sheep to Goats: The Problem with Reading the Bible in the Middle Ages" at The Pittsburgh Symposium: Social History and Issues in Ages" at The Pittsburgh Symposium: Social History and Issues in Consciousness and Cognition, Carnegie Mellon, May 10, 1988

10) "Malthusian and Bosserupian Effects: The Role of Social Imagination and Voluntary Association in the Economic Growth of the High Middle Ages," Comparative Devt Seminar Pittsburgh Center for Social History, March 28, 1988

11) "The Peace of God and the Communes: A Study in the Relationship of Early and Late 11th Century Popular Movements" French Historical Society, Columbia SC, March 1988.

12) "Aquitanian Response to the Capetian Accession: The Evidence of the Charters and the Historians," American Historical Association, Washington DC, Dec 1987.

13) "Charlemagne and the Coronation of the Year 6000: Chronology and Eschatology in Early Medieval Europe," International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 1987

14) Chair and Respondent, "The Eccclesiastical Peace Movement in the Eleventh Century" International Congress of Medieval History, Kalamazoo, May 8, 1986

15) "Turning Point in the Popular Peace Movement: Ralph Glaber and the Councils of 1033," International Congress of Medieval History, Kalamazoo, May 9, 1986

16) "Artistic Temperament, Individual Ambition, and Monastic Envy: The Dilemma of the Historian-Monk in the Early Eleventh Century" Conference: "The Impact of Monasticism on Medieval Society," Fordham U. NY, March 1986

17) "Ademar of Chabannes: Pathological Mythomaniac or Man of His Times?," American Society of Church History, Chicago, December 1984

18) "Waging Peace: New Social Alliances in Aquitaine (989-1031)," AHA, San Francisco, December, 1983

19) "The Struggle for Individuality in the Early 11th Century: The Case of Ademar of Chabannes," International Congress of Medieval History, Kalamazoo, May 1982

20) "Millenarismus absconditus: Quelques réflexions méthodologiques sur le millénarisme au Haut Moyen Age," Colloque du CNRS: Prophétie et prédication au Moyen Age, Paris, February 1982

COURSES OFFERED: * indicates a course in preparation


Critical Readings in History

Western Civilization: Origins to the Renaissance

Medieval History (300-1400)

The Early Middle Ages (300-1000)

The High Middle Ages (1000-1450)

Medieval France (400-1450)

Medieval Heresies

Medieval Popular Culture

Europe and the Millennium (Christian Origins to Present)

Comparative Missions to the Tribes: Early Medieval Europe and Colonial Africa

*Comparative Civilizations: Song China and the Central Medieval Europe

Narrative, Film and History

Isonomia: On the Origins of Democracy in the West

History of Western Moral and Political Thought

Graduate Courses

Historiographical Traditions (required course for Graduates at BU)

Medieval Historiography

Latin Reading Seminar

*Interaction between Religious Communities: Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Middle Ages

*Literacy and Social Change

*Paleographical and Codicological Studies of the Manuscripts of Ademar of Chabannes (with Jean Vezin, EPHE)