Christopher MacEvitt

Academic Appointments

Chair, Middle Eastern Studies Program
Professor of Religion

Christopher MacEvitt specializes in the history of medieval Christian communities, particularly around the Mediterranean. After studying Classics and Medieval Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (B.A. 1995), he did his graduate work at Princeton University in the department of History (Ph.D. 2002). His courses explore both the ancient and medieval history of Christian communities, with particular interests in religious identity and gender.  His first book examines the idea and practice of tolerance in the twelfth-century crusader principalities in Syria and Palestine, and he has recently completed a book on Franciscans who died as martyrs in Islamic lands. His currently working on a project about competing images of Jerusalem in the fourteenth-century Mediterranean.

304 Thornton Hall
HB 6036
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. Trinity College
M.A. Princeton University
Ph.D. Princeton University

Selected Publications

The Crusades and the Christian World of the East: Rough Tolerance, (2008).

The Martyrdom of the Franciscans: Islam, the Papacy, and an Order in Conflict (2020).

"What was Crusader about the Crusader States?"  Al-Masāq 30 (2018): 317-330.

“True Romans: Remembering the Crusades among Eastern Christians.” Journal of Medieval History 40 (2014): 260-75.

“Martyrdom and the Muslim World through Franciscan Eyes.” The Catholic History Review 97 (2011): 1-23.

“The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa: Apocalypse, the First Crusade and the Armenian Diaspora,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers , 61 (2007) 157-81.

“Christian Authority in the Latin East: Edessa in Crusader History,” in The Medieval Crusade , S Ridyard (ed.), (2004) 71-84.

Works in progress

Jerusalem Lost: the Holy Land and Islam in Christian Memory.