Susanna A. Throop
Assistant Professor of History

After completing an M.A. as a Mellon Fellow at the University of Toronto, Susanna received her Ph.D. in History in 2006 from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar from 2001-2005. She is interested in interdisciplinary perspectives on religion, violence, ideology and emotion in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, particularly in the context of the medieval crusading movement. Her courses focus on both medieval Europe and the medieval Mediterranean, and include topics such as interfaith relations, religious violence, gender and sexuality, and the Middle Ages in popular culture. She has published a number of articles, and most recently a collection of essays she co-edited with Paul Hyams—Vengeance in the Middle Ages: Emotion, Religion, and Feud. She is currently working with Ashgate to publish her first monograph on the idea of crusading as an act of vengeance.

Selected Publications

Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095-1216 (Ashgate, forthcoming)

Vengeance in the Middle Ages: Emotion, Religion and Feud, ed. Susanna Throop and Paul Hyams (Ashgate, 2010).

“Zeal, Anger and Vengeance: The Emotional Rhetoric of Crusading,” in Vengeance in the Middle Ages, ed. Throop and Hyams (details above).

“Rules and Ritual on the Second Crusade,” Medieval Christianity in Practice, ed. Miri Rubin (Princeton, 2009).

“Combat and Conversation: Interfaith Dialogue in Twelfth-Century Crusading Narratives,” in Michael Lower (ed.), Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue 13:2 (Leiden, 2007), pp. 310-25.

“Vengeance and the Crusades,” Crusades 5 (2006), pp. 21-38.

Vengeance and the Crusades, 1095-1216 (Ph.D. diss.)