University of Pittsburgh


Bruce L. Venarde


PhD, Harvard University (1992)

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3522 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Curriculum Vitae


Medieval European History
Western Civilization


Medieval Europe
Western Civilization
Gender, Ethnicity, Race and Religion
Historical Methodology
Medieval Latin

Selected Publications

Les Deux Vies de Robert d'Arbrissel/The Two Lives of Robert of Arbrissel, with Jacques Dalarun, et al. (Brepols, 2006)

Women's Monasticism and Medieval Society: Nunneries in France and England, 890–1215 (Cornell University Press, 1997)

"Praesidentes Negotiis: Abbesses as Managers in Twelfth-Century France," in Samuel K. Cohn Jr. and Steven A. Epstein, eds., Portraits of Medieval and Renaissance Living: Essays in Memory Of David Herlihy (University of Michigan Press, 1996)


John Boswell Memorial Lecturer, College of William and Mary, April 2005
Center for West European Studies Grant (1999–2000)
Bellet Teaching Excellence Award Nominee(1999, 2001)


"The Rule of Saint Benedict: The Carolingian Recension." Edition and translation of the Rule recorded in an early ninth-century manuscript (Sangallensis 914) that is the closest approximation to Benedict's Latin of 300 years earlier. There will also be an appendix of related documents from the same manuscript, translated into English for the first time. Commissioned for Harvard University Press in the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library.

"Sickness and Health in Western Europe, 500-1100." A study of health care in the early Middle Ages, conceived of less as history of medicine than a survey of myriad social and cultural practices and ideas concerning human illness and wellbeing. Sources will include prescription books, diagnostic manuals, commentaries on bedside manner, and hundreds of descriptions of sickness, healing, and prophylaxis in narrative and verse, especially saints' lives.