Medieval and Ancient Christianity
Ph.D., Fordham University

Contact

303 Faulkner House
Telephone: (973)408-3623
Fax: (973)408-3941
E-mail: lhamilto@drew.edu

Biography

(B.A., Villanova University; M.A., University of Virginia; M.Phil., Ph.D., Fordham University; Licence in Mediaeval Studies, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies), Associate Professor of Christianity, joined the faculty at Drew in 2006. Dr. Hamilton teaches courses in medieval and ancient Christianity, with special interest in religious culture and devotional practices. His areas of research include: liturgy and ritual in the Middle Ages, papal politics, medieval Southern Italy, and Italian cities. He is author of A Sacred City: Consecrating Churches and Reforming Society in Eleventh-Century Italy (Manchester University Press, 2010) He is co-editor with Stefano Riccioni of Rome Re-Imagined: Twelfth-Century Jews, Christians and Muslims encounter the Eternal City (Brill, 2012) and with Christopher Bellitto of Reforming the Church before Modernity: Problems, Patterns, and Approaches (Ashgate, 2005). He has published articles in a variety of journals including Speculum and The Journal of Early Christian Studies. He has won several prestigious grants including a Fulbright and a Mellon Fellowship.

Mapping the Medieval is a database of texts and images aimed at the analysis of the medieval Mediterranean. It aids analysis through the mapping of historical texts using Exhibit. At present Florence in the Age of Dante, Twelfth-Century Rome, Crusader Jerusalem and medieval Mecca are all being “mapped.” See the map here or click on the image to the right. This project is collaborative and researchers and students interested in joing the project should contact me at the email address below.

Seriously Fun Projects

Crusader Jeusalem

Farm Direct NJ

Detail from Drew's Malleus Maleficarum
Detail from Drew’s Malleus Maleficarum

Recent Publications & Professional Activities

A Sacred City: Consecrating Churches and Reforming Society in Eleventh-Century Italy (Manchester, 2010)

Reforming the Church before Modernity: Problems, Patterns, and Approaches (Ashgate, 2005) Read the Introduction.

Recent Articles:

“Les dangers du rituel dans l’Italie du XIe siècle: entre textes liturgiques et témoignages historiques,” in Didier Méhu ed., Mises en scène et mémoires de la consécration d’église au Moyen Âge . Centre d’Études médiévales de Nice (CNRS) (Brepols, 2007).

“Sexual Purity, the Faithful, and Religious Reform in Eleventh-Century Italy: Donatism Revisited,” in Kim Paffenroth et al. eds., Augustine and Politics ( Maryland , 2005), 237-59.

“To Consecrate the Church: Ecclesiastical Reform and the Dedication of Churches,” in Church Reform before Modernity (Ashgate, 2005): 157-210.

Online Reviews for The Medieval Review:

Oldfield, City and Community in Norman Italy (2010)

Geertman, ed., Il Liber Pontificalis e la storia materiale (2003)

Twyman, Papal Ceremony in the Twelfth Century (2002)

Miller, The Bishop’s Palace: Architecture and Authority in Medieval Italy (2000)

CONFERENCE: Twelfth-Century Rome: Mirror of Mediterranean Religions (Sponsored by the CRCC)