Cecilia Gaposchkin

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of History

  • Chair, Department of History

Cecilia Gaposchkin received her Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2001. She works on late medieval cultural history, and has published on the crusades, on the Capetians (the kings of France between 987 and 1328), on kingship, and on liturgy. Her most recent book is on how liturgy and church ritual underwrote holy war and crusading. It is Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology  (Cornell UP, 2017). She is also the author of The Making of Saint Louis (IX) of France: Kingship, Sanctity and Crusade in the Later Middle Ages (Cornell UP, 2008), Blessed Louis, The Most Glorious of Kings: Texts relating to the Cult of Saint Louis of France (Notre Dame: 2012; translations done with Phyllis Katz), and, with Sean Field and Larry Field, The Sanctity of Louis IX: Early Lives of Saint Louis by Geoffrey of Beaulieu and William of Chartres (Cornell UP: 2014). She is now working on liturgy and ceremony in thirteenth-century Paris.


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  • B.A. University of Michigan (1992)
  • M.A. University of California at Berkeley (1996)
  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley (2001)

Selected Publications

  • "Nivelon of Quierzy, the Cathedral of Soissons, and the relics of 1205: Liturgy and Devotion in the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade," Speculum 95/4 (October 2020), pp. 1087-1129.  On-line appendixes for Speculum 95/4 article found at: https://doi.org/10.1086/710547, pp. 1-38.

  • Between Historical Narration and Liturgical Celebrations: Gautier Cornut and the Reception of the Crown of Thorns in France, Revue Mabillon n.s. 30 (=v. 91), 2019, 90-145.

  • With Iris Shagrir, edited., Liturgy and Devotion in the Crusader States.  London: Routledge (2019). 

  • Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology (2017)

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