Christopher MacEvitt

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Religion

  • Chair, Department of Religion

Christopher MacEvitt specializes in the history of medieval Christian communities, particularly around the Mediterranean. After studying Classics and Medieval Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (B.A. 1995), he did his graduate work at Princeton University in the department of History (Ph.D. 2002). His courses explore both the ancient and medieval history of Christian communities, with particular interests in religious identity and gender.  His first book examines the idea and practice of tolerance in the twelfth-century crusader principalities in Syria and Palestine, and he has recently completed a book on Franciscans who died as martyrs in Islamic lands. His currently working on a project about competing images of Jerusalem in the fourteenth-century Mediterranean.


Thornton, Room 304
HB 6036


  • B.A. Trinity College
  • M.A. Princeton University
  • Ph.D. Princeton University

Selected Publications

  • The Crusades and the Christian World of the East: Rough Tolerance, (2008).

  • The Martyrdom of the Franciscans: Islam, the Papacy, and an Order in Conflict (2020).

  • "What was Crusader about the Crusader States?"  Al-Masāq 30 (2018): 317-330.

  • "True Romans: Remembering the Crusades among Eastern Christians." Journal of Medieval History 40 (2014): 260-75.

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Works In Progress

Jerusalem Lost: the Holy Land and Islam in Christian Memory.