University of Wisconsin–Madison

William J. Courtenay

Emeritus Professor

wjcourte@wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Biography

My specializations are Medieval social & intellectual, Latin paleography, Medieval education. My Research and Teaching Interests include Medieval Intellectual History, incl. philosophy, theology, and political thought, esp. for the 12-14th centuries. Medieval Education and history of Universities. Monasticism.

Education

Ph.D., Harvard
S.T.B., Harvard
A.B., Vanderbilt

Selected Publications

  • Rotuli Parisienses. Supplications to the Pope from the University of Paris, 2 vols., Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 14-15. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2002, pp. xiii, 551; 2004, pp.xii, 690.
  • Universities and Schooling in Medieval Society, ed. W. J. Courtenay and J. Miethke, Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 10 (Leiden: Brill, 2000). Pp. vi, 244.
  • Parisian Scholars in the Early Fourteenth Century: A Social Portrait. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, fourth series, 41. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp. xix, 284.
  • Capacity and Volition. A History of the Distinction of Absolute and Ordained Power. Quodlibet: Richerche e strumenti di filosofia medievale, 8. [Milan lectures] Bergamo: Pierluigi Lubrina, 1990. Pp. 214.

History Courses Taught

  • History 200 – Historical Studies
  • History 215 – Life in the Middle Ages: An Inter-Departmental Course
  • History 311 – Schools and Learning in the Medieval World
  • History 312 – The Medieval Church
  • History 316 – Latin Paleography
  • History 317 – Medieval Social and Intellectual History, 400-1200
  • History 318 – Medieval Social and Intellectual History, 1200-1450
  • History 366 – Medieval Monasticism
  • History 550 – Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in Medieval Civilization
  • History 600 – Advanced Seminar in History – Topics: “12th Century Renaissance”
  • History 719 – Proseminar in Medieval History
  • History 805 – Seminar: Medieval History – Topics: “Medieval Intellectual History”