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Research Interests for Katharine DuBois

Research Interests: Saints, sanctity, pilgrimage, penance, Christian religious belief and ritual, gender, charity. Geographical interests: Rome, western Mediterranean.

My research interests include religious belief and practice in late-medieval Latin Christendom, especially penance, pilgrimage, penitential devotion, saints' cults, and relics. My book, Pilgrimage and Pilgrims in Late-Medieval Rome (Ashgate Press, forthcoming), traces the early history of the Roman Jubilee, a year-long celebration of penitential pilgrimage to the city's most ancient shrines. I'm particularly interested in fourteenth and fifteenth-century notions of charity, charitable institutions, and the understanding of spiritual community that bound the living and the dead.

medieval, religion, saints, penance, pilgrimage, charity, gender, violence
Current projects:
Pilgrimage to Rome
penance and penitential devotion
violence and religious justifications for war
Areas of Interest:

History of religion, gender and sexuality in the Middle Ages
Social, political and cultural history of the British Empire

Recent Publications
  1. Dubois, KB, Encyclopedia entry: "Roman Jubilee", in Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, edited by Izbiki, T (2008), BRILL ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS, The Netherlands
  2. Dubois, K, Review of "Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance" by Guido Ruggiero, Michigan Feminist Studies no. 8 (1994), ISSN 1055-856X

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