John Ott | Resident Medievalist
Written by Lyndsay Smith on May 1, 2017
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In this episode of Beyond Footnotes we interview PSU Professor John Ott, who teaches Medieval History, with a focus in Northern France and Flanders in the 11th and 12th centuries. Professor Ott discusses the training needed to be a medievalist and the medieval church, including the secular clergy. If you’re wondering what a secular clergy is, then you’ll find out in this episode!
Professor Ott is currently collaborating on a reader that complies primary source documents, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the working of the medieval religious courts. The medieval religious court also features in Professor Ott’s upcoming book, The Archbishop’s Poets: Scandal and Reform in an Eleventh-Century Church, which is a study of the turbulent court of the Archbishop Manasses I of Reims and how poetry played a role.
John Ott received his MA and PhD from Stanford in 1999. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher in History (PSU), a NEH Summer Institute participant at Oxford, and Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He is a founding member of EPISCOPUS: Society for the Study of Bishops and Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages.
Curriculum Vitae and Course Information for John Ott: http://www.web.pdx.edu/~ott/
Bishops, Authority and Community in Northwestern Europe, c.1050-1150 (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Editor, with Trpimir Vedriš, Saintly Bishops and Bishops’ Saints. Proceedings of the 2010 Hagiotheca Conference, Poreč, Croatia (Zagreb: Hagiotheca, 2012)
Editor, with Anna Trumbore Jones, The Bishop Reformed: Studies of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Central Middle Ages (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2007)
Plus, numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, and unpublished presentations and
panels. All available at http://www.web.pdx.edu/~ott/cv/index.html.
Look for upcoming works, including the book:
The Archbishop’s Poets: Scandal and Reform in an Eleventh-Century Church.