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Christopher Riedel

ph.d. candidate

Christopher Riedel


Office: Stokes Hall, Room S356

Dissertation Title: "A Renaissance of Saints: The Development of English Lay Christianity in the Long Tenth Century"

Faculty Advisor: Robin Fleming

Curriculum Vitae


BA, University of Virginia
MA, Boston College

Additional Training:
August 2011 Latin Paleography Summer School, Durham University, UK
February 2011 Workshop on Pilgrimage Studies, Georgetown University

Research Interests:

Religious reform in tenth-century Anglo-Saxon England; the place of lay Christianity in monastic culture; early medieval urban development; hagiography, pilgrimage and notions of sanctity in both places and persons.


  • John Leyerle-CARA Prize for Dissertation Research from the Medieval Academy of America, 2013
  • Boston College Graduate History Department Summer Fellowship, 2013
  • Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College 2011 – 2012
  • Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Prize (best paper presented by a graduate student or recent Ph.D.), April 2010   
  • Presidential Fellowship, Boston College, 2008 – 2013
  • Stephen Innes Memorial Prize (best paper by a graduating student on the subject of “community in history”), May 2006

Conference Presentations:

  • “Ælfric’s Intended Audience and His Two Lives of St. Martin,” 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (May 2012)
  • “Teaching Doxology with Miracles: The Monastic Reform Movement and Lay Society,” 29th International Haskins Society Conference, Boston College (November 2010)
  • “Lantfred’s Swithun and the Fundamentals of Reform: Educating Lay Pilgrims in Tenth-Century Winchester,” 37th Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South (April 2010)
  • “Instructing Pilgrims with Miracles: Lantfred’s Manipulation of Swithun’s Vita,” 5th Annual Anglo-Saxon Studies Consortium (ASSC) Graduate Conference, University of Connecticut (February 2009)