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Daniel E. Thiery, Ph.D.

Daniel Thiery, Ph.D.Professor of Medieval History


BA, Providence College
MA, Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2002

Daniel E. Thiery, Professor of Medieval History, received his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies in 2003 from the Center for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. He is author of the study, Polluting the Sacred: Violence, Faith and the 'Civilizing' of Parishioners in Late Medieval England (2009) and co-editor of the collection of essays, "A Great Effusion of Blood'? Interpreting Medieval Violence (2004). His current research and writing interests are in late medieval and early modern English culture, especially the enactment, control, valorization and/or denigration of violence. His prior research has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the William B. Schallek Fellowship. In 2015, Dr. Thiery was nominated for and then elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) in recognition of the impact of his scholarship on audiences beyond his immediate scholastic peers. He has taught in the Honors Program Humanities Sequence since Fall 2003 [HUM 102 and HUM 201]. He also teaches courses in Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation History as well as the Special-Topics Courses, Medieval England, and the History of Violence in Western Civilization.


BA (1996) - History (Summa Cum Laude, Honors Program) - Providence College
MA (1997) - Medieval Studies - University of Toronto
Ph.D. (2003) - Medieval Studies - University of Toronto


Latin, German, French and English [American, Canadian and British!]

Reviews of Polluting the Sacred

"This is a fascinating short work on a large and important subject, the influence of Christian belief on violent behaviour in the Middle Ages...thoughtful scholarship brought imaginatively to bear on sometimes very vivid sources...this is an excellent book which deserves to be widely read." - James Sharpe (University of York), Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"It is clever, learned and current with the literature. For a book that is partly intellectual, theological, cultural and social history, the author certainly had numerous decisions to make concerning coverage of topics and issues. Given the ambitious subject matter, his overall analytical framework coheres nicely...The main body of the work is well-written and the arguments convincing...Thiery has produced an innovative and sophisticated book that draws from many important sources for people doing late medieval English religious and social history..." - Gary Gibbs (Roanoke College), Journal of Social History

Thiery's book on late medieval English parishioners assigns religion its rightful place in "the civilizing process" - Mary Alberi (Pace University), Church History "Als Beitrag zur weiterhin kontroversen Disziplinierungsdebatte kann die Studie aber mit Gewinn gelesen warden." - Beat Kumin (Univ. of Coventry), Historische Zeitschrift