Coordinator, Medieval & Early Modern Studies
1319D Ambler Johnston Hall
|mgabriele AT vt.edu|
PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley, 2005
Matthew Gabriele is an associate professor and Coordinator of Medieval & Early Modern Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture. He is also the faculty principal of the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston.
He teaches on the European Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, the Age of Discovery, and modern perceptions of the "medieval." Specific courses include:
- The Medieval World
- Age of the Crusades
- Theories of Prophecy and History
- Memory, History, & Legend: The Case of Charlemagne
- Christians, Jews, & the Idea of Judeo-Christianity
- The Medieval Hero: Warriors & Saints
- The Language of Religious Violence
- Love: An Introduction to College
In Summer 2008, he attended a NEH Institute on "Holy Land & Holy City in Classical Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." In Spring 2010, he was a visiting professor in the Religion und Politik Exzellenzcluster at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.
He has also published articles on the apocalypticism and emperor Otto III, the image of Charlemagne in the Oxford Chanson de Roland, the genesis of the anti-Jewish violence of the First Crusade, the memory of the Carolingians around King Philip I (1060-1108) of Francia, and the intellectual formation of Pope Urban II (1088-99).
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His books include An Empire of Memory: The Legend of Charlemagne, the Franks, and Jerusalem before the First Crusade (Oxford UP, 2011), an edited collection entitled The Legend of Charlemagne in the Middle Ages: Power, Faith, and Crusade (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), another edited collection entitled Where Heaven and Earth Meet: Essays on Medieval Europe in Honor of Daniel F. Callahan (Brill, 2014), and a special issue of the journal Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception entitled "Revisiting the 'Judeo-Christian' Tradition."
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Gabriele is currently working on several projects, all related to points of intersection between religion and violence.
Articles in progress include:
- The use of exegesis in the diplomas of King Philip I (1060-1108) of Francia
- The understanding of sacred history in the First Crusade history of Rober the Monk (ca. 1110)
- The violent rhetoric in Seung-Hui Cho's manifesto
- English translation of Pseudo-Alcuin's version of Adso Dervensis' De antichristo
- English translation of the Descriptio qualiter Karolus Magnus
Book projects include:
- Prophecy, Apocalypse, and the Intellectual Transformation of the Medieval West (under contract with Oxford UP)
- The Many Latin Lives of Charlemagne, ed. William Purkis and Matthew Gabriele (Boydell & Brewer, forthcoming).
- Untitled project on the use of the term "Judeo-Christianity" in modern American culture and it's historical roots. With Benjamin E. Sax.
Outreach, Tweeting, & Blogging
Prof. Gabriele attempts to fulfill Virginia Tech's land grant mission by committing to the life of a publicly-engaged intellectual. He served on the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Libraries' Board of Trustees from 2010-2012 and now serves as an elected member of the Montgomery County, VA Board of Supervisors (2011-2015), representing District G.
In addition, each year he puts on numerous events open to the public on topics related to Medieval Studies, and religion and culture. He also regularly tweets and is a participant in a group blog, entitled "Modern Medieval."