Damian J. Smith


Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

E-mail: dsmith69@slu.edu


Ph.D., University of Birmingham, 1997

M.A., University of London, 1991;

B.A., University of London, 1990


     I am interested in all periods of history really and most subjects but I specialize in Medieval Europe, especially the Iberian Peninsula (particularly the Crown of Aragon), the Papacy (from Eugenius III to Gregory X), heresy and inquisition (usually before the mid-fourteenth century), and cross-cultural interaction in the Mediterranean World.  My new projects include a study on the the life and times of James I of Aragon (1213-76), the longest reigning king of the Middle Ages, and a volume on the pontificate of Gregory IX (1227-41), co-edited with Christoph Egger of the University of Vienna. 
      I am also a series editor for Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West, a series that reflects the central concerns necessary for any in-depth study of the medieval Church - greater cultural awareness and interdisciplinarity. Including both monographs and edited collections, this series draws on the most innovative work from established and younger scholars alike, offering a balance of interests, vertically through the period from c. 400 to c. 1500 or horizontally across Latin Christendom. Topics covered include cultural history, the monastic life, relations between Church and State, law and ritual, palaeography and textual transmission. All authors, from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, share a commitment to innovation, analysis and historical accuracy.

Honors and Fellowships:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2015-2016.
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, elected 2005.
  • British Academy Research Grant, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris 2004.
  • Batista i Roca Fellowship, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2001-2003.
  • Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship, 1999-2001.
  • Series Editor, Church, Faith and Society in the Medieval West, Ashgate Press.

Courses Taught:  

  • Cross-cultural encounters in the Medieval Mediterranean World
  • Medieval History with Auxiliary Historical Sciences (Palaeography; Diplomatic; Codicology; Numismatics; Canon Law) 
  • Heresy and Inquisition in the High Middle Ages 
  • Medieval Spain
  • Medieval Survey 1100-1500
  • The Pontificate of Innocent III 

Scholarly Publications


  • Crusade, Heresy and Inquisition in the lands of the Crown of Aragon, c. 1167-1276 (Leiden: Brill Academic Press, 2010).
  • Innocent III and the Crown of Aragon: the limits of papal authority (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2004).

Journal Articles

  • "La Catalogne, Le Midi et la libertas Ecclesiae à l'époque du pape Innocent III", Cahiers de Fanjeaux, 50 (2015): 453-466.
  • "Dinner and Diplomacy in the Deeds of the Conqueror", E-Humanista (Ivitra), 5 (2015): 86-93.
  • "Los orígines y el significado de la batalla de Muret", Revista Chilena de Estudios Medievales, 5 (2014): 11─27.
  • "A Privilege of Pope Innocent III for the Premonstratensian house of Bellpuig de les Avellanes", Römische Historische Mitteilungen, 55 (2013): 81-97. (co-author).
  • "Cruzada, herejía e inquisición en las tierras de la Corona de Aragón (siglos XII-XIII)", Hispania Sacra 65 (2013): 29-48.
  • "Las Navas and the Restoration of Spain", Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, 4 (2012): 39─43.
  • "The Papacy, the Spanish kingdoms and Las Navas de Tolosa", Anuario de Historia de la Iglesia, 20 (2011): 157-78.
  • "Le temps de la Grande Couronne d'Aragon du roi Pierre le Catholique. A propos de deux documents relatifs a l'abbaye de Poblet (fevrier et septembre 1213)", Annales du Midi, 265 (2009): 5-22. (co-author).
  • "Saint Rosendo, Cardinal Hyacinth and the Almohads," Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, 1 (2009): 53-66.
  • "A new letter of Innocent III from the archive of Vic shedding light on Cum Oporteat (X. 5.1.19)', Römische Historische Mitteilungen 50 (2008): 197-207.
  • "Politica antiheretica en la Corona de Aragon: una carta inedita de Inocencio III a la reina Sancha (1203)," Acta Historica et Archaeologica Medievalia 27/8 (2008): 65-88. (co-author)..
  • "James I and God: legitimation, protection and consolation in the Libre dels Fets," Imago Temporis Acti: Medium Aevum, 1 (2007): 105-119.
  • "Bibliografia delle crociate albigesi', Reti Medievali 7 (2006): 1-57.  (co-author).
  • "Motivo y significado de la coronacion de Pedro II de Aragon," Hispania 204 (2000): 163-79.
  • "Innocent III and the Minority of James I of Aragon," Anuario de Estudios Medievales 31 (1999): 19-50.
  • "Sancho Ramirez and the Roman Rite," Studies in Church History 31 (1996): 95-105.

Edited Volumes and Translations

  • Pope Celestine III (1191-8): Diplomat and Pastor (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2008). (Co-editor)
  • The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2003) (Co-author/translator), paperback 2010.

Essays in edited volumes

  • ‘Muret y las limitaciones del poder del papado', in La cruïlla de Muret: una nova definició per Europa i el Mediterrani, ed. Juan Francisco Jiménez Alcázar (Madrid 2015), pp. 277-88.
  • 'Networking to Orthodoxy: the Case of Durán of Huesca', in International Religious Networks, ed. Jeremy Gregory and Hugh McLeod, Studies in Church History, Subsidia 14 (Woodbridge, 2012), pp. 44─54. 
  • 'Alexander III and Spain' in Pope Alexander III (1159-81). The Art of Survival, ed. Peter D. Clarke and Anne J.Duggan (Ashgate: Farnham, 2012), pp. 203-242. 
  • 'Jaime I y el Papado', in Any Jaume I. Commemoració del VIII centenari del naixement de Jaume I. Volum I: La política internacional, ed. Maria Teresa Ferrer Mallol (Barcelona, 2011), pp. 513-25. 
  • 'Religious minorities viewed from Rome: the papacy and the heretics', Minorités et régulations sociales en Méditerranée médiévale. Actes du colloque international, Centre culturel de l'Ouest (abbaye royale de Fontevraud), 79, juin 2007, éds. Stephane Boissellier, John Tolan et François Clement (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010), pp. 317-30.
  • "The Iberian Legations of Cardinal Hyacinth Bobone," in Pope Celestine III: Diplomat and Pastor (above): 84-115.
  • "Guerra Santa y Tierra Santa en el pensamiento y la accion de Jaime I de Aragon," in Guerre, religion et ideologie dans l'espace mediterraneen latin du xie au xiiie siecle, ed. Daniel Baloup and Philippe Josserand, (Madrid 2006): 305-321.
  • "The Resignations of Bishop Bernat de Castello and the problems of La Seu d'Urgell," in Pope, Church and City, ed. F. Andrews, C. Egger and C. Rousseau (Leiden 2004): 115-28. 
  • "Aragon, Catalogne et papaute pendant la croisade Albigeoise," in La Croisade Albigeoise, ed. Marie Paul Gimenez, (Toulouse, 2004): 157-70.
  •  "The Crusader-abbot: Nicholas Breakspear and the Catalans," in The English Pope: Adrian IV, ed. B. Bolton and A. Duggan, (Aldershot 2003): 29-39.
  • "Peter II, Innocent III and the Albigensian Crusade," in Innocenzo III: Urbs et Orbis, 2 vols, ed. A. Sommerlechner, Nuovi studi storici 55, (Rome, 2003) 2:1065-81.

  Former Graduate Students:

  • Elizabeth Sherman, PHD 2012 (Medieval Charity and Heresy in Southern France
  • Andrew Jones, PHD 2012 (A Most Christian Kingdom: Saint Louis IX, Pope Clement IV and the construction of France in the Thirteenth Century
  • Erin Abraham, PHD 2011 (Measuring the Weight of Sin: Youth, gender and emotion in early penitentials)
  • Adam Hoose, PHD 2011(Orthopraxy and the formation of the early Franciscans and Waldensians, 1173-1228)
  • Rebekah Sheldon, MA 2013
  • Philip Constantine, MA 2011

Current Graduate Students:

  • Matthew Morgan, PhD ABD (Saint Oleguer Bonestruga and the Rise of Catalonia)
  • Amy Boland, PhD ABD (Ramon Marti and his World)
  • Nicholas Boysel PhD ABD (The Militarization of Sanctity in Twelfth Century Spain
  • Katie Walkowiak, PhD ABD (The Roman Commune, 1143-1188)
  • Kyle Lincoln, PhD ABD (The Episcopate during the Reign of Alfonso VIII of Castile)
  • Edward Holt, PhD ABD (Liturgy, ritual, and kingship in the age of Fernando III of Castile-León)
  • Nicole Koopman, MA/PHD
  • Lilian Oberdorfer, MA/PHD
  • Rodney Malone, MA
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