Matthew R Gabriele


Matthew R. Gabriele

Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture


342 Lane Hall (0227)
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Religion and Culture


Medieval Studies

  • Crusades
  • Apocalypse
  • Intellectual History
  • Christianity 

Professional Activities

  • Elected Councilor, Medieval Academy of America (2016–19)
  • American Historical Association
  • Executive Committee, Department of Religion and Culture


  • PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley  2005
  • BA, History, University of Delaware  1997

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Best First Book Southeastern Medieval Association, 2013

    Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2011

    Selected Publications


    Apocalypse, Prophecy, and the Transformation of the Medieval West (Oxford University Press, under contract).

    An Empire of Memory: The Legend of Charlemagne, the Franks, and Jerusalem before the First Crusade (Oxford University Press, 2011).

    Edited Books

    When Heaven Came to Earth: Essays on Medieval Europe in Honor of Daniel F. Callahan, ed. Michael Frassetto, John G. Hosler, and Matthew Gabriele (Brill, 2014).

    The Legend of Charlemagne in the Middle Ages: Power, Faith, and Crusade, ed. Matthew Gabriele and Jace Stuckey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).


    “The Shock of Prophecy: The Future Perfect of Jerusalem in Robert the Monk’s Historia of the First Crusade,” Journal of Medieval History, 42 (2016): forthcoming.

    “The Last Carolingian Exegete: Pope Urban II, the Weight of Tradition, and Christian Reconquest,” Church History 81 (2012), 796–814.

    “The Chosen People of the 11th and 21st Centuries,” Revisiting the ‘Judeo-Christian’ Tradition, special issue of Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 2 (2012): 281–90. 

    "The Provenance of the Descriptio qualiter Karolus Magnus: Remembering the Carolingians at the Court of King Philip I (1060-1108) before the First Crusade,” Viator 39 (2008): 93–117.  

    Additional Information

    Current Research: Projects including use of exegesis in the diplomas of King Philip I (1060–1108) of Francia; parallel rhetorics of religion and violence in the Middle Ages and the modern world; a cultural history of Western Empires; an exploration of the tragedy of historiography; a volume of essays on apocalypse and “reform” in the Middle Ages; and a book on the intellectual transformation of the medieval West demonstrated through the writing of history and biblical commentaries. 


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