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Jay Rubenstein



Professor Rubenstein is a historian of the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual worlds of Europe in the Middle Ages, with areas of focus in the eleventh and twelfth centuries in England, France, and the Crusader settlements. He received an M.Phil. at the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, both in medieval history. His research interests combine intellectual, cultural, religious, and military history, with his earliest publications focusing on the cultural impact of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon society. His more recent work examines the much more extensive impact of the First Crusade (1096-1099) on the European world. In between, he wrote a biography of the French monk Guibert of Nogent, who is most famous for having written the first true autobiography of the Middle Ages and whose other works draw together a variety of intellectual, psychological, theological, and historical ideas and phenomena. For all of these projects he has lived and worked extensively in Europe, particularly in Paris, Rome, Oxford, and London. His academic awards include a Rodes Scholarship (1989), and ACLS Fellowship (2002), an ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship (2006), and NEH Fellowship (2007), and a MacArthur Fellowship (2008).

Professor Rubenstein joined the UT faculty in the fall of 2006, after spending seven years at the University of New Mexico. At UT he teaches courses on medieval England and France, on the place of the Normans in European history, on the crusades, and more generally on cultural and religious history.


M. Phil., St. John’s College, University of Oxford

Ph. D. University of Berkeley, 1997

Awards and Recognitions

  • Koren Prize, 2005, from the Society for French Historical Studies for best article of the year in French history by a scholar working in North America.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 2007-2008.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Burkhardt Fellowship, 2006-2007 (Affiliated Fellow, American Academy in Rome)
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2002-2003
  • French-America Foundation Bicentennial Fellowship, 1994-1995
  • Rhodes Scholarship, 1989-1991

Selected Publications

  • Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse. Basic Books, 2011
  • Trans., with Joseph McAlhany, Guibert of Nogent, Monodies and On the Relics of Saints: The Autobiography of a French Monk from the Time of the Crusades. Penguin Classics, 2011.
  • “Cannibals and Crusaders” French Historical Studies 31 (2008): 525-52
  • “Godfrey of Bouillon vs. Raymond of Saint-Gilles:  How Carolingian Kingship Trumped Millenarianism at the End of the First Crusade” in The Legend of Charlemagne in the Middle Ages: Power, Faith, and Crusade, eds. Matthew Gabriel and Jace Stuckey. Palgrave: New York, 2008, pp. 59-75.
  • Guibert of Nogent: Portrait of a Medieval Mind. Routledge, 2003.
  • Ed. with Sally N. Vaughn, Teaching and Learning in Northern Europe, 1000-1200. Brepols, 2006.
  • “What Is the Gesta Francorum, and Who Is Peter Tudebode?” Revue Mabillon 16 (2005): 179-204.
  • “Putting History to Use: Three Crusade Chronicles in Context, Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 35 (2004): 131-68.
  • “Biography and Autobiography in the Middle Ages,” in Writing Medieval
  • History: Theory and Practice for the Post-Traditional Middle Ages, ed. Nancy Partner. Arnold: London, 2005, pp. 53-69.
  • “Liturgy Against History: The Competing Visions of Lanfranc and Eadmer of Canterbury.” Speculum 74 (1999): 271-301.

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