Associate Professor of Religion
Christopher MacEvitt specializes in the history of medieval Christian communities, particularly around the Mediterranean. After studying Classics and Medieval Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (B.A. 1995), he did his graduate work at Princeton University in the department of History (Ph.D. 2002). His courses explore both the ancient and medieval history of Christian communities, with particular interests in gender and identity. He has recently published his first book, which examines the idea and practice of tolerance in the twelfth-century crusader principalities in Syria and Palestine, and is currently studying competing images of Jerusalem in the fourteenth-century Mediterranean, as well as Franciscans who died as martyrs in Islamic lands.
The Crusades and the Christian World of the East: Rough Tolerance , (2007).
“True Romans: Remembering the Crusades among Eastern Christians.” Journal of Medieval History 40 (2014): 260-75.
“Martyrdom and the Muslim World through Franciscan Eyes.” The Catholic History Review 97 (2011): 1-23.
“The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa: Apocalypse, the First Crusade and the Armenian Diaspora,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers , 61 (2007) 157-81.
“Christian Authority in the Latin East: Edessa in Crusader History,” in The Medieval Crusade , S Ridyard (ed.), (2004) 71-84.
Works in Progress
Jerusalem Lost: the Holy Land and Islam in Christian Memory.
Martyrs, Mystics, and Muslims in the Medieval World.