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School of History

Professor Miri Rubin


Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8369
Room Number: ArtsTwo 3.08


I am a historian of Europe of wide interests. My research has ranged across the period 1100-1600, through the exploration of themes in the religious culture of Europe. I am interested in inter-disciplinary encounters, and these have animated my work.  I also enjoy disseminating history to diverse audiences all over the world.


Research Interests:

My research has introduced new approaches to the study of social relations in the predominantly religious cultures of medieval Europe.

I have sought to understand the message of Christian charity as practised in medieval communities; to explore the meanings of the arch-sacrament, the Eucharist; to explore new narratives about Jews, which turned into public social dramas.

In all my work I seek to understand issues of identity, community, and gender, the boundaries of cooperation and the threat of violence. Delivering the Wiles Lectures in 2017 led me to develop research on attitudes to strangers in medieval cities.

  • History of religious cultures
  • Social and community relations
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Gender, identity and the body: ideas as well as practices
  • Visual and material expressions of ideas and practices
  • Urban life and attitudes to strangers



  • Bert Carlstrom -  Bishop Talavera and Pastoral Care for New Christians
  • Hannah Cole – Female travel in the late medieval Mediterranean
  • Amanda Langley - Agnes Blannbekin, a beguine in Vienna
  • Neta Amir - The making of the via dolorosa (with Professors Ellenblum and Shagrir of the Hebrew University)
  • Eliot Benbow - The Shrine and the Marketplace: Religious Materiality in London during the Long Fifteenth Century (1370-1530)
  • Kerstin Mayerhofer - The Motif of “Jewish Male Menstruation” and its Function in High and Late Medieval (1100–1500) and Early Modern (1500–1700) Christian Sources (with professor Armin Lange of the University of Vienna)
  • Heidi Russenberger - Medieval attitudes and experiences of disability, based on fourteenth century canonisation accounts.

Recent PhD Students

  • Julia Bourke – Cultivating Emotion: Cistercian Communities in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Britain
  • David Harrap – Devotion, Devotional Spaces and the Imitatio Christi in Reformation England
  • Ella Kilgallon – Creating sacred space beyond the convent: Women of the Franciscan Third Order in the Italian city
  • Cecil Reid – A Society in Transition: Jews in the Kingdom of Castile from Settlement to Expulsion (1248-1492)
  • Lauren Mulholland – Jerusalem in the Medieval Imagination, 1100 – 1300
  • Magdalena Janosikova – Composing Hebrew Materia Medica in Early Modern Times: A Medical Treatise of Eliezer Eilburg

Public Engagement

Appearances in the media