About Dr. Howe:
Professor Howe is Texas Tech’s medieval historian. Recent publications include “Did St. Peter Damian Die in 1073? A New Perspective on His Final Days,” Analecta Bollandiana, 128 (June, 2010); “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). He is currently working on a large book, the culmination of many earlier research projects, on The Revival of the Latin Church: The ‘Pre-Gregorian Reform.” He has been leading the department’s Medieval Latin Reading Group, and co-chairs an initiative to establish a medieval studies graduate certificate program at Texas Tech. He recently received the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award from the Texas Tech Parents' Association (2009). He continues to teach at all levels, as is indicated on his web site.
Church Reform and Social Change in Eleventh-Century Italy: Dominic of Sora and His Patrons
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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