John Sabapathy
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Dr John Sabapathy


John Sabapathy is a Lecturer in Medieval History, and works on the comparative history of Europe/Christendom in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. His monograph Officers and Accountability in Medieval England, 1170-1300, a study of English officers in an European context, will be published by OUP around August-September. John's next project is a wide-ranging study of thirteenth century Europe, The Cultivation of Christendom, a volume in the new Oxford History of Medieval Europe.

John is also interested in medieval dialogues, partly within a scholastic context. With other colleagues he co-convenes the UCL/Warburg scholasticism group and the IHR 'European History 1150-1550' seminar. He is also the Director of the UCL Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He has taught on ‘Concepts, categories and the practice of history’ and 'Rationality' for undergraduates and will be teaching on 'The First European Union? Christendom 1100-1350' and 'Templars, Heretics, Popes and Princes: The Crises of the Papacy, 1294-1334' from 2014. 

Before returning to UCL he was a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford. Between his BA and graduate degrees John worked in public policy on sustainable development and corporate accountability with a range of international think tanks, NGOs, corporations, and British and European governmental bodies.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

2011  PhD  University of London 
2005  MA  Kings College London 
1997  BA  University of Oxford 

Courses taught

HIST6208 The First European Union? Christendom 1100-1350
HIST2900 Templars, Heretics, Hermits and Antipopes
MDVLGH08A Comparative Governance: Europe's Long Thirteenth Century: Governments, Conflicts and the Cultivation of Christendom, c.1150 - c.1350

Major Publications

Recent appearances

St Alfege Millennium from St Alfege Greenwich on Vimeo.

IRIS Researcher Profile 

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