Meredith L. D. Riedel
Historian

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Dr. Riedel is a writer and historian specialising in early medieval Byzantine political thought, particularly as influenced by religious commitments. She is Assistant Professor of History of Christianity at Duke University's Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, a Masters of Theology from Princeton, and a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary.


Upcoming presentations
“The Bones of St Andrew: Relic Migration and the Power of Holiness”. Cultures, Hopes, and Conflicts. The Mediterranean between Land and Sea (Salerno, Italy), September 26-28, 2017.
"Byzantine 'chosenness' in the preaching of Leo VI", Byzantine Studies Association of North America Annual Conference (Twin Cities, MN), October 5-8, 2017.
“The Power of Three Famous Relics from Syrian Hierapolis”,  Southeastern Medieval Association (Charleston, SC) November 16-18, 2017.

Study interests
Theology and warfare, particularly in medieval Asia Minor.
Military strategy, tactics, technology and weaponry in the Middle Ages (636-1453).
Church history in the first millennium AD.
Legislation and minority populations.
Christian theology from the Council of Nicaea (325) to the Protestant Reformation (C16).
Writings of the English Puritans (1603-1683).


Professional affiliations
Royal Historical Society  
American Historical Association
Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies  
Medieval Academy of America  
Byzantine Studies Association of North America
Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks
Oxford Byzantine Society
Society of Biblical Literature
Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies
Southeastern Medieval Association


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