My research examines the West’s reception of Jerusalem, both heavenly and terrestrial, in the centuries immediately before the crusades. I focus primarily on source material from the Carolingian Empire, including liturgy, pilgrim accounts and architectural simulacra (copies) of the Holy Sepulchre. The aim of the project is to synthesise an impression of how the Franks received ideas of the Holy City at a time when it was controlled by the Abbasid Caliphate.
I am currently working on Huegeburc of Heidenheim’s Vita Willibaldi. The Vita is an eighth-century pilgrim account of Willibald of Eichstätt journey to Jerusalem. I focus on the text as a work of literature, constructed to evoke religious and political narratives idiosyncratic to eighth-century Bavaria.
My other research interests include:
Sacred space, the medieval cult of relics, medieval pilgrimage, medievalism and reception studies, history as literature, historical sexuality, gender studies, video games as cultural/historical objects/teaching tools