The Catholic University of America

Faculty - Davis

Jennifer Davis, Associate Professor

Ph.D. 2007 - Harvard University

Jennifer Davis is an historian of early medieval western Europe. Her first book, Charlemagne’s Practice of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2015), offered a new interpretation of this pivotal early medieval ruler and how he and his men attempted to control his vast empire. Her current project, Per capitularios nostros: Law and its Uses in the Frankish Kingdoms, examines how the Frankish kings produced law and how people in the Frankish orbit sought to put those laws to use. Based extensively on the surviving manuscripts of Frankish capitularies, the book examines how and why various communities copied and used royal law for their own purposes. She is also the editor, with Michael McCormick, of The Long Morning of Medieval Europe: New Directions in Early Medieval Studies (Ashgate, 2008). Dr. Davis has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Academy in Berlin, the American Academy in Rome, and the Fulbright Foundation, among others. She teaches a range of courses on early medieval history, including archaeology for historians and seminars on Carolingian history.

Contact: davisj@cua.edu

Office Hours: On Leave 2016-2017

Sample Publication:

Charlemagne's Practice of Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

www.cambridge.org/9781107076990

 

The Long Morning of Medieval Europe: New Directions in Early Medieval Studies, ed. J.R. Davis and M. McCormick (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008) 

"A Pattern for Power: Charlemagne's Delegation of Judicial Responsibilities", in The Long Morning of Medieval Europe: New Directions in Early Medieval Studies, ed. J.R. Davis and M. McCormick (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)

“The Problem of King Louis IX of France: Biography, Sanctity, and Kingship”, Journal of Interdisciplinary History XLI (2010), 209-225

“Charlemagne’s Settlement of Disputes”, in Streit am Hof im frühen Mittelalter, ed. M. Becher and A. Plassmann, Super alta perennis. Studien zur Wirkung der Klassischen Antike 11 (Bonn: Bonn University Press, 2011), 159-173

 

 

Courses Taught

  • HIST 216: Beyond the 'Fall' of Rome (with Professor Rousseau)
  • HIST 235: Medieval Civilization
  • MDST 201: Medieval Pathways
  • HIST 302A: Europe in the Twelfth Century: Creativity and Conflict
  • HIST 313A: Charlemagne and the Birth of Europe
  • HIST 609: Medieval Civilization I: The Historiography of the Early Middle Ages
  • HIST 611A: Problems in Carolingian History
  • HIST 612A: Archaeology for the Medieval Historian
  • HIST 808A: The Carolingian Empire
  • HIST 823A: History Writing in the Carolingian World
  • HIST 844: Political Theory and Medieval History
  • HSHU 102: From Charlemagne to Chaucer

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