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University of Utah, Department of History
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Late antiquity, early middle ages, Merovingian history, History of Religion, Theology, Patristic authors, Christianity, Purgatory, Hell, Visions, Hagiography.
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About Me

I am a Professor of History at the University of Utah. I attended St. Andrews University in Scotland for my M.A. and PhD which I completed in 1992. From 1984-6 I was a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for European History (now Leibnitz Institute), Mainz, Germany. My languages include English, Portuguese, French, German, Latin. I travel regularly for research and to present at conferences.  Merovingian history is my core field.  However, I publish on the western Mediterranean world generally. My publications are largely on religion. I have written books on Merovingian visions, purgatory in late antiquity, and I am co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World. I have written recently on Merovingian finger rings. My most recent interest is on biography as history.

Recent Publications

2021. “The Last Day: Judgment, Purification, and Transformation” in D. Meconi ed. The Cambridge Companion to Augustine’s City of God. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 251-275

2021. “Rings on her Fingers: Merovingian Rings and Religion in Late Antiquity” Material Culture and Women’s Religious Experience (eds. Ellinson, Taylor, Osiek). London: Lexington Books, 2021. Pp. 303-336

2020. Purgatory’s Intercessors: Bishops, Ghosts, and Angry Wives” in R. Pollard ed., Imagining the Medieval Afterlife. Cambridge University Press, 2020. Pp. 133-152.

2020. Editor, with Bonnie Effros, The Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World.

Heaven’s Purge: Purgatory in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2010; pbk, 2014)

Dreams, Visions and Spiritual Authority in Merovingian Gaul (Cornell University Press, 2000)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
France. Western Europe.
Expertise by Geography
England, France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, 1
Expertise by Topic
Material Culture, Religion, Slavery, Women