Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Howe has taught medieval history at Texas Tech for more than thirty years, and is entering his second term as co-director of the A&S Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center. He has returned to his regular schedule of teaching and research after a year as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles. Recent research projects include The Millennial Reform of the Latin Church (accepted for publication by Cornell University Press), and “Eastern Influence on Western Monasticism, 850-1050” and “Hermitism in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries” (with Kathryn Jasper), to appear in the Cambridge History of Western Monasticism, ed. by Allison Beach and Isabella Cochelin, 2 vols. (accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press). For other research, see his Vita. Howe remains an active director of graduate students.
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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