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Carol Lansing

Current Courses

Fall 2015 (tentative)

Winter 2016 (tentative)

Department Fields


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Current Graduate Students

Medieval Europe

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984

Office: HSSB 3256
Phone: no phone   Fax: (805) 893-8795

I am a specialist in the society, politics and culture of medieval Italy. In the past, I've worked on urban nobles and on Cathar heresy. My recent book explores changing ideas about male decorum: how men should grieve at funerals. I've also been drawing on the records of Bologna's criminal court in an effort to recover something of the experiences of people who don't show up in other records: concubines, scam artists, the working poor.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • My students and I conduct research in the rich civic and ecclesiastical archives that survive from the late medieval Italian towns.

Current Projects

  • Medieval Bologna as seen from the Criminal Court.
    This volume will collect revised versions of my articles based in thirteenth-century Bolognese legal records.
  • Noble Romans: Elite Culture in Thirteenth-Century Lazio.
  • "The Magnates Revisited."
    This article will appear in a volume honoring Philip Jones' "Communes and Despots."

Selected Publications

  • Passion and Order: Restraint of Grief in the Medieval Italian Communes.
    Cornell University Press, 2007.
  • Power and Purity: Cathar Heresy in Medieval Italy.
    Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • The Florentine Magnates: Lineage and Faction in a Medieval Commune.
    Princeton University Press, 1991.
  • A Companion to the Medieval World.
    co-editor with Edward English. Blackwell, 2008.
  • "Concubines, Lovers, Prostitutes: Infamy and Female Identity in Medieval Bologna."
    in Beyond Florence, ed. Findlen, Fontaine, Osheim. Stanford University Press, 2003.

Honors and Professional Activities

  • Howard R Marraro Prize of the Catholic Historical Association for Passion and Order, 2009.
  • President, Society for Italian Historical Studies.
  • Robert Lehman Visiting Professor, Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, 2008.
  • Albert C. Outler Prize of the American Society for Church History for Power and Purity, 1999-2000.
  • John Simon Guggenheim fellow, 2000.