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Edward Holt


I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. My research examines the utilizations of liturgy and ritual in 13th century Castile. My dissertation, "Liturgy, ritual, and kingship in the age of Fernando III of Castile-León (r. 1217-1252)", traces how the royal court and ecclesiastical hierarchies of thirteenth century Castile represented and articulated conceptions of kingship. My work illuminates a composite system of political theology in Iberia that was constructed in dialogue with northern Europe. In particular, I focus on three overlapping spheres of discourse, moving from the royal projections of the king's court to the local manners of worship by the ecclesiastical hierarchies to the cultural transmissions between political and religious borders.

Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, I travelled down the road to Duke University, where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. During that time, I spent my junior year as a visiting student at Oxford University, where intensive individual tutorials prepared me for the process of writing a senior thesis. The resulting work, "Out of Many, One?: the voice(s) in the crusade ideology of Las Navas de Tolosa," earned the William T. Laprade Prize, which is awarded to the most outstanding senior history thesis of the year. I was then accepted to Teach for America, where I served as a 5th grade teacher in Tallulah, Louisiana. 

Here at Saint Louis University, I have earned my M.A. in Medieval History and have presented papers at several national and international conferences.


Holt, Edward. "Cantigas de Santa María, Cantigas de Cruzada: Reflections of Crusading Spirituality in Alfonso X's Cantigas de Santa María." Al-Masaq 27, no. 3 (2015): 207-224.

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