Dr Kriston Rennie
Dr Kriston Rennie


Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

Contact Details:

Office: E328, Forgan Smith Building (1)
Phone: +61 7 3365 6363
Email: k.rennie@uq.edu.au


BA, University of Lethbridge
MLitt, University of St Andrews
PhD, King's College London
LMS, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies


The Medieval and Early Modern World (HIST1400)
Medieval Study Tour (HIST2013)
Medieval Heresy (HIST2416) The Medieval Challenge (2012)
Age of Crusades (HIST2615/7404)

Research Interests: 

Ecclesiastical/Church/Papal History; Medieval Monasticism; Papal Legation; Pre-Gratian Canon Law and Canonical Collections

Current Research Projects:

Freedom and Protection in Medieval Monasteries

Selected Recent Publications:

Journal articles, book chapters, proceeding papers and reviews
  • 'Introducting the Middle Ages to Australia,' History Workshop Journal 78 (2014), 265-274
  • 'Why Study Medieval Canon Law?,' with Jason Taliadoros, History Compass 12 (2014), 133-148
  • 'The Injunction of Jeremiah: Papal Politicking and Power in the Middle Ages,' Journal of Medieval History 40 (2014), 108-122
  • ‘The Fruits of Exile: Anselm of Canterbury and Lyons,’ Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 107 (2012), 78-97
  • ‘The Turin Collection Revisited’, Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte 129, kanonistische Abteilung 98 (2012), 46-63 
  • ‘Weapons of Reform: Gregory VII, Armenia, and the Liturgy,’ Church History 81 (2012), 328-347 
  • ‘Poitevine Collections: Looking Behind the Manuscript Evidence,’ Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte 128, kanonistische Abteilung 97 (2011), 59-75
  • ‘At Arm’s Length: Papal Legates in Normandy (11th and 12th centuries),’ Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 105 (2010), 331-345
  • ‘The Collectio Burdegalensis: A Poitevin Collection?’ in Proceedings from the Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, Esztergom, 3-8 August 2008, eds Peter Erdö and Sz. Anzelm Szuromi, in Monumenta iuris canonici, vol.14 (Vatican City, 2010), 179-186
  • ‘The Council of Poitiers (1078) and Some Legal Considerations,’ Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law 27 (2008), 1-20
  • ‘Extending Gregory VII’s “Friendship Network”: Social Contacts in Late Eleventh-Century France,’ History 93 (2008), 475-496
  • ‘Hugh of Die and the Legatine Office under Gregory VII: On the Effects of a Waning Administration,’ Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 103 (2008), 27-49
  • ‘The Collectio Burdegalensis and the Transmission of Canonical Texts to Bordeaux c.1079,’ Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte 125, kanonistische Abteilung 94 (2008), 1-20
  • ‘Imbutus divinis dogmatibus: Some Remarks on the Legal Training of Gregorian Legates,’ Revue historique de droit français et étranger 85 (2007), 301-313
  • ‘Uproot and Destroy, Build and Plant’: Legatine Authority Under Pope Gregory VII (1073-85),’ Journal of Medieval History 33 (2007), 166-80
  • ‘Collaboration and Council Criteria in the Age of Reform: Legatine Councils Under Gregory VII,’ Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 38/1 (2006), 95-118
  • ‘Reform in the Localities: The Council of Valence (1079),’ Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 37 (2005), 43-55

Fellowships, Grants, Awards:

  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow for Experienced Researchers (2015-16)
  • Visiting Foreign Researcher, Henri Pirenne Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Ghent (2015)
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) (2014-)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Research Fellowship, St Louis University, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2014)
  • Faculty Fellowship, Centre for the History of European Discourses (2013)
  • Visiting Fellowship, Clare Hall, Cambridge (2012)
  • ASPP, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Canada) (2012)
  • UQ Early Career Research Grant (2009)
  • UQ New Staff Start-Up Grant (2008)
  • Research Fellowship, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto (2006-7)

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