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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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Walter Simons

Walter SimonsTitle: Professor
Office: 407 Carson
Phone: 643-2992
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Medieval and Renaissance Courses Taught

  • History 3: Europe in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times (with David Lagomarsino)
  • History 7: Eco’s Echoes: The Middle Ages in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose and Baudolino (First-Year Seminar)
  • History 42: Gender and European Society from Classical Antiquity to the Reformation
  • History 43: European Intellectual and Cultural History, 400-1300
  • History 44: Medieval France
  • History 96: Topics in Medieval History (Senior Seminar, subject varies)

Areas of Research Interest

  • Religious Orders and Movements
  • Mendicant Orders; Beguines and Beghards
  • Mysticism, Urban History, France & Low Countries
  • Historiography

Important and/or Recent and/or Major Publications

  • The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. IV: Christianity in Western Europe, c. 1100-c.1500. Co-edited with Miri Rubin. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • Cities of Ladies: Beguine Communities in the Medieval Low Countries, 1200-1565
    Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001 (Paperback  edition 2003)
  • The Productivity of Urban Space in Northern Europe. Co-edited with Peter Arnade and Martha Howell. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 32,4 (Spring 2002), p. 515-704

Last Updated: 9/22/10