Rebekah Sheldon


Rebekah is a doctoral candidate in the History Department, focusing on the interactions among various social and religious mores in the early middle ages. Her research interests include missions and reform preaching, attitudes towards sexuality and violence, competing ideas of what constitutes honor or heroism, and the cultural transformations that occur alongside religious change. Geographically, she is focused on Carolingian and Byzantine societies, but is also interested in these parallel issues in medieval Islamic societies. She is currently researching her dissertation on the development of Christian monogamy during the early middle ages in both Western Christendom and Eastern Byzantium, and how their efforts of Christianization affected this development.

Prior to Saint Louis University, Rebekah received her B.A. in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in history and astrophysics. In her spare time, Rebekah enjoys painting badly and shaped-note singings.


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