The Catholic University of America

Uta-Renate Blumenthal

Curriculum Vitae


  • Columbia University, School of General Studies
  • B.A. (summa cum laude) 1969
  • Columbia University, Graduate Faculties, M.A. 1970
  • Thesis: The Merchants of Almein in 14th-century England
  • Ph.D. (September 1973) With Distinction; thesis:
  • The Councils of Pope Paschal II

Professional Experience

  • Fall 1973 - present
  • Spring 1972 and academic year 1972/73: Preceptor, Columbia College
  • Spring 1973: Instructor, Barnard College
  • Assistant professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville/Tennessee (1973-1979)
  • Visiting professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1979)
  • Associate professor, The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. (1979-1988)
  • Ordinary professor of history, The Catholic University of America (1988-2007)
  • Director, Medieval & Byzantine Studies Program (1979-1997)
  • Director, Early Christian Studies Program (1981-1984)
  • Visiting professor, University of Heidelberg, Germany (1988)
  • Professor emerita, The Catholic University of America, 2007

Honors and Major Fellowships:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1969
  • Columbia University Faculty Fellow, 1969-1973
  • John W. Burgess Distinguished Fellow, 1972/73
  • American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship 1973
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship for Independent
  • Study and Research 1976/77
  • Radcliffe Institute Fellow, 1976/77
  • Visiting Fellow, College of All Souls , Oxford, Michaelmas Term 1987
  • President, American Catholic Historical Association, 1998
  • Member, Board of Directors, Stephan-Kuttner-Institute of Medieval Canon Law

Major Grants:

American Council of Learned Societies; National Endowment for the Humanities, American Philosophical Society

Related Experience:

  • Member of: Medieval Academy, American Historical Association, Catholic Historical Association, Maiestas
  • Nominating committee, Medieval Academy, 1984-1987
  • Executive committee, CARA, Medieval Academy, 1983-1986
  • CARA committee on visiting professorships, Medieval Academy
  • Chairman of TEAMS, CARA committee on teaching medieval studies (1986)
  • Honorary Degrees Committee, Catholic University of America
  • Editorial Board, Canon Law Series, Catholic University of America Press
  • First Vice President, American Catholic Historical Society 1996
  • President, American Catholic Historical Society, 1997
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Stephan-Kuttner-Institute of Medieval Canon Law, 1996-continued
  • Co-Chairman, Twelfth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law,
  • August 2004, Washington D.C.
  • Steering Committee, Institute of Medieval & Byzantine Studies, 2003-2007
  • Chair, Search Committee for MBS Directorship 2005-2006
  • Member, Senate Committee on Appointments & Promotions, Catholic
  • University of America, 2004 -continued
  • Consejo Directivo, Revista Espanola de Derecho Canonico, 1998-continued



  • The Early Councils of Pope Paschal II, 1100-1110.(Studies and
  • Texts no. 43) Toronto, 1978; 2nd printing 1981
  • Der Investiturstreit. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1982
  • Carolingian Essays. Editor. Washington, DC, 1983
  • The Investiture Controversy: Church and Monarchy from the
  • Ninth to the Twelfth Century. Philadelphia, 1988
  • (Translation and revision of: Der Investiturstreit)
  • First paperback edition, Philadelphia, 1991
  • La lotta per le investiture,Appendice bibliografica di Matteo Villani. Italian
  • Translation by G. Vitolo of Der Investiturstreit
  • Nuovo Medioevo vol.30. Naples: Liguori Editore, 1990
  • Gregor VII.: Papst zwischen Canossa und Kirchenreform. Darmstadt 2001
  • Papal Reform and Canon Law in the 11th and 12th Centuries (Variorum CS 618), Aldershot and Brookfield: Ashgate,1998
  • Gregor VII.: Papst zwischen Canossa und Kirchenreform. Darmstadt, 2001
  • Canon Law, Religion & Politics: Liber Amicorum Robert Somerville (with Anders Winroth and Peter Landau), Washington D.C. 2012


  • "The Text of a Lost Letter of Pope Honorius II". Bulletin of
  • Medieval Canon Law, n.s. 4 (1974): 64-66
  • "Ein neuer Text fuer das Reimser Konzil Leos IX. (1049)?"
  • Deutsches Archiv fuer Erforschung des Mittelalters 32
  • (1976): 23-48
  • "Codex Guarnerius 203: A Manuscript of the Collection in 74 Titles at
  • San Daniele del Friuli". Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law, n.s. 5
  • (1975): 11-33
  • "Some Notes on Papal Policies at Guastalla, 1106," Studia Gratiana 19
  • (1976), Melanges Gerard Fransen, vol. 1: 59-78
  • "Patrimonia and Regalia in 1111," in: Law, Church, and Society.
  • Essays in Honor of Stephan Kuttner ;
  • ed. K. Pennington and R. Somerville (Philadelphia, 1977) pp.9-22
  • "A proposito del ms. 522 dell'Archivio di Monte Cassino".
  • Benedictina 23 (1976): 444-445
  • "Canossa and Royal Ideology in 1077". Manuscripta 22 (1978)91- 96
  • "Opposition to Pope Paschal II: Some Comments on the Lateran
  • Council of 1112". Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum
  • 10 (1978): 82-98
  • "Papal Primacy and Paschal II." Archivum Historiae Pontificiae
  • (1978):67-92
  • "The Beginnings of the Gregorian Reform: Some New Manuscript Evidence." in: Reform and Authority in the Medieval and
  • Reformation Church, eds. E.T. Kennan and G. Lytle,
  • pp.1-13. Washington D.C., 1981
  • "Decrees and Decretals of Pope Paschal II in Twelfth-Century
  • Canonical Collections." Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law,
  • n.s. 10 (1980) 15-30
  • "Cardinal Albinus of Albano and the Digesta pauperis scolaris
  • Albini: Codex Ottob. lat. 3057." Archivum Historiae
  • Pontificiae (1978): 82-98
  • "Papst Gregor VII." Theologische Realenzyclopaedie, vol. 14
  • (Berlin and New York, 1985) 145-152
  • "Humbert von Silva Candida." Theologische Realenzyclopaedie
  • Vol. 15 (1986) 682-685
  • Review article, G.M. Cantarella, Ecclesiologie e politica nel
  • Papato di Pasquale II, in: Zeitschrift der Savigny Stiftung
  • Fuer Rechtsgeschichte, Kan. Abt. 71 (1985) 359-62
  • "Bemerkungen zuym Register Papst Paschalis II." Quellen und
  • Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken
  • 66 (1986)1-19
  • "The Correspondence of Pope Paschal II and Guido of Vienne,
  • 1112-1116," in: Supplementum Festivum.Studies in
  • Honor of Paul Oskar Kristeller, eds. J.Monfasani, F. Purnell, Jr., pp.1-11 (Medieval &
  • Renaissance Texts & Studies 49) Binghamton, N.Y., 1987
  • "Papal and Local Councils The Evidence of the Pax and Treuga
  • Dei," Proceedings, Congresso Internazionale 'La Riforma
  • Gregoriana e l'Europa',Salerno, May 1985, Studi
  • Gregoriani 14 (1991) 137-144.
  • "Faelschungen bei Kanonisten der Kirchenreform des 11.
  • Jahrhunderts," in: Faelschungen im Mittelalter, pp.241-262
  • (Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Schriften 33/II, 1988)
  • "Papal Registers in the Twelfth Century." in: Proceedings
  • of the Seventh International Congress of Medieval Canon
  • Law (Cambridge, 23-27 July 1984),ed. P. Linehan,
  • pp. 135-151. Citta del Vaticano, 1988
  • "Papst Leo IX.," Theologische Realenzyclopaedie, vol. 20
  • (Berlin and New York, 1990) 742-744.
  • "An Episcopal Handbook from Twelfth-Century Southern Italy: Codex Rome, Bibl. Vallicelliana F.54/III," in: Studia in honorem emm.mi Card. Alfons M. Stickler, ed. R. I. Card. Castillo Lara (Rome, 1992)13-24.
  • "Rom in der Kanonistik," in:Rom im Hohen Mittelalter, ed. B. Schimmelpfennig and L. Schmugge (Sigmaringen 1992) 29-39.
  • "The Collection of St. Victor (=V),Paris: Liturgy, Canon Law, and Polemical Literature," in: Ritual, Text and Law: Studies in Medieval Canon Law and Liturgy Presented to Roger E. Reynolds, edd. K.G. Cushing and R.R. Gyug (London: Ashgate, 2004), pp. 293-307
  • "Eine Mahnung an Kaiser Heinrich IV.," in: Scientia veritatis: Festschrift fuer Hubert Mordek zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. Oliver Muensch and Thomas Zotz. Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2004, pp. 289-294
  • “Pasquale II e il concilio di Guastalla del 1106,” in: Il Concilio di Guastalla e il modo di Pasquale II, ed. G.M. Cantarella and D. Romagnoli (Edizioni dell’Oroso, Alessandria 2006): 19-33
  • “Gregor VII. und die christliche Hierarchie,” in: Vom Umbruch zur Erneuerung? Das 11. und beginnende 12. Jahrhundert – Positionen der Forschung, ed. J. Jarnut, M. Wemhoff (München 2006): 31-45
  • “Codex 173, Biblioteca Alessandrina, Rome: The Pontifical of the Gregorian Reform?” in: Procession, Performance, Liturgy, and Ritual. Essays in Honor of Bryan R. Gillingham, ed. N. van Deusen (Ottawa 2007): 65-81
  • “The Prohibition of Clerical Marriage in the Eleventh Century,” in: Chastity. A Study in Perception, Ideals, Opposition, ed. N. van Deusen (Leiden and Boston 2008): 61-75
  • ‘Licet nova consuetudo’ – Gregor VII. und die Liturgie, Uta-Renate Blumenthal und Detlev Jasper, in: Bishops, Texts and the Use of Canon Law around 1100; Essays in Honour of Martin Brett, ed. B. C. Brasington and K. G. Cushing (Aldershot 2008): 45-68
  • “The Revival of Roman Law: The Exceptiones Petri,” The Haskins Society Journal. Studies in Medieval History, vol. 21 (2009): 113-123
  • “Cardinal Deusdedit’s Collection: a Different Perspective,” in: Mélanges en l’honneur d’Anne Lefebvre-Teillard, ed. B. d’Alteroche, F. Demoulin-Auzary, O. Descamps and F. Roumy (Paris 2009)
  • “Poitevin Manuscripts, the Abbey of Saint-Ruf and Ecclesiastical Reform in the Eleventh Century,” in: Readers, Texts and Compilers in the Earlier Middle Ages; Studies in Medieval Canon Law in Honour of Linda Fowler-Magerl, ed. M. Brett and K. G. Cushing (Aldershot 2009): 87-100
  • “A New Manuscript of the Exceptiones legum Romanorum Petri,” Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte Kan.Abt. 96 (2010) 111-126; also published in: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, ed. P. Erdö and A. Szuromi (Citta del Vaticano 2010): 291-302
  • “Päpstliche Urkunden, Briefe und die europäische Öffentlichkeit,” in: Erinnerung – Niederschrift-Nutzung. Das Papsttum und die Schriftlichkeit im mittelalterlichen Westeuropa, ed. K. Herbers and I. Fleisch (Berlin/New York 2011 = Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Abhandlungen N.F. 11): 11-30
  • “The Collectio Canonum Caesaraugustana and Roman Legal Sources,” in: Canon Law, Religion & Politics, ed. U.-R. Blumenthal, A. Winroth and P. Landau (Washington D.C. 2012) 15-27
  • “A Gloss of Hostiensis to X 5.6.17 (Ad liberandam),” Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law n.s. 30 (2013) 89-122
  • “Das Dritte Laterankonzil, seine Beschlüsse und die Rechtspraxis,” in: Die Ordnung der Kommunikation und die Kommunikation der Ordnungen, vol. 2, ed. C. Ansenna, G. Blennemann, K. Herbers and G. Melville (Stuttgart 2013, Schriften der Villa Vigoni 1.2): 37-49
  • “Ad liberandam Terram sanctam und die Kanonistik,” in: Legati, delegati e l’impresa d’Oltremare (secoli XII-XIII), ed. M. P. Alberzoni e P. Montaubin (Turnhout 2014): 31-50
  • “Liber Extra 5.6.17 (Ad liberandam): A Surprising Comentary by Hostiensis,” in: Honos alit artes; Studi per il settantesimo compleanno di Mario Ascheri, ed. P. Maffei e G. M. Varanini (Firenze 2014) 309-318
  • “Dating the Exceptiones Petri,” Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Kan. Abt. 101 (2015) 54-85

Chapters in Books

"Reform and the Papacy, 715-1085" in: Paul Johnson, The Papacy, ed. Michael Walsh (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997), pp. 62-79

“Reform and the Papacy, 715-1085,” in: Paul Johnson, The Papacy, ed. M. Walsh (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1997), pp. 62-79

“The Gregorian Reform and the Investiture Contest,” in: Exploring the European Past: Text and Images, ed. Tracy Hoskins (Thomson, Columbus/Ohio) pp. 1-35

“The papacy, 1024-1122,” in: The New Cambridge Medieval History, vol. IV/2, ed. David Luscombe and Jonathan Riley-Smith(Cambridge 2004) pp. 8-37

“Investiturstreit,” in: Enzyklopädie des Mittelalters, ed. G. Melville and M. Staub (Darmstadt 2008) vol.2, pp.321-326




Omitted: Dictionary articles, book reviews and invited papers.