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Scott G. Bruce

Scott Bruce

Professor of History
Email: sbruce3@fordham.edu
Office: Dealy 614
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Education

Ph.D. History, 2000
Princeton University

M.A. History, 1996
Princeton University

B.A. History and Latin, 1994
York University

Research Interests

Scott G. Bruce is an historian of religion and culture in the early and central Middle Ages (c. 400- 1200 CE). He earned his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University (2000). His research interests include monasticism, hagiography, and the reception of classical and patristic traditions. He has published several books on the monks of Cluny, including Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition (c. 900-1200) (Cambridge University Press, 2007); and Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet: Hagiography and the Problem of Islam in Medieval Europe (Cornell University Press, 2015). He has edited and translated two historical anthologies for Penguin Classics: The Penguin Book of the Undead (2016); and The Penguin Book of Hell (2018). His new book projects include The Penguin Book of Dragons (forthcoming with Penguin Classics in 2021); and The Lost Patriarchs: A Survey of the Greek Fathers in the Medieval Latin Tradition, for which he was awarded a 2020/2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.Professor Bruce is on research leave during the 2020/21 academic year.

Publications

“Sources for the History of Monasticism in the Central Middle Ages (c. 800-1100),” in The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West, ed. Alison Beach and Isabelle Cochelin, 2 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), vol. 1, pp. 382-398.

“The Lost Patriarchs Project: Recovering the Greek Fathers in the Medieval Latin Tradition,” Religion Compass 13 (2019) https://doi.org/10.1111/rec3.12344

“Curiosity Killed the Monk: The History of an Early Medieval Vice,” The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 8 (2019): 73-94.

“The Dark Age of Herodotus: Shards of a Fugitive History in Early Medieval Europe,” Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 94 (2019): 47-67.

(ed.) The Penguin Book of Hell (Penguin Classics, 2018).

(ed. and trans. with Christopher A. Jones) The Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus: A Twelfth-Century Cluniac Poem on Prayer for the Dead (Brepols, 2016).

(ed.) The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters (Penguin Classics, 2016).

Cluny and the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet: Hagiography and the Problem of Islam in Medieval Europe (Cornell University Press, 2015).

Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition (c. 900-1200) (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Courses Taught

HIST 1030: Understanding Historical Change: Medieval History

HIST 3209: The Origins of Christianity from the Apostles to the Fourth Century

HIST 3212: Medieval Christianity

HIST 3213: Dragons, Fairies, and the Undead: Stranger Things in Medieval Europe

HIST 5204: Medieval Environmental History

HIST 7025/8025: Graduate Proseminar: Medieval Religious Cultures

Curriculum Vitae

For more information about Professor Bruce's publications, please visit www.medievalimagination.com and http://fordham.academia.edu/ScottGBruce