Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Howe has taught medieval history at Texas Tech for more than thirty years. During the academic year 2013/2014 he will be away from campus, working as a visiting scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he will be completing his book manuscript on The Millennial Reform of the Latin Church for Cornell Universoity Press. Recent publications include "Voluntary Ascetical Flagellation: From Local to Learned Traditions," to appear in the Haskins Society Journal (2014); “Preface,” in Reassessing Reform: A Historical Investigation into Church Renewal, ed. Christopher M. Bellitto and.David Zachariah Flanagin (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012), pp. ix-xii; “Did St. Peter Damian Die in 1073? A New Perspective on His Final Days,” Analecta Bollandiana, 128 (June, 2010): 67-86; “Re-Forging the ‘Age of Iron.’ Part I: The Tenth Century as the End of the Ancient World?” and “Re-Forging the ‘Age of Iron.’ Part II: The Tenth Century in a New Age?” in History Compass (June 2010). Howe continues to supervise a half dozen graduate students and will return to Texas Tech in fall 2014.
At the dawn of the second millennium, new churches and castles sprang up throughout Western Europe. In central Italy, St. Dominic of Sora (d. 1032) and his patrons played a key role in this process. John Howe mines the surprisingly rich but heretofore neglected sources that reveal their story, offering an absorbing case study of an ecclesiastical reform that was earlier—if less literate and less centralized—than the Gregorian Reform that would soon follow.
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