Giles Constable

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Giles Constable
Born (1929-06-01) 1 June 1929 (age 88)
Nationality British
Academic background
Alma mater Harvard University
Academic work
Discipline Historian
Institutions Institute for Advanced Study
Main interests Medieval History

Giles Constable (born June 1, 1929 in London) is a historian of the Middle Ages. Constable is mainly interested in the religion and culture of the 11th and 12th centuries, in particular the abbey of Cluny and its abbot Peter the Venerable. [1]

Medieval studies is the academic interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages.

Peter the Venerable French abbot and saint

Peter the Venerable, also known as Peter of Montboissier, abbot of the Benedictine abbey of Cluny, was born to Blessed Raingarde in Auvergne, France. He has been honored as a saint but has never been formally canonized. The Catholic Church's Martyrologium Romanum, issued by the Holy See in 2004 regards him as a Blessed.


Constable is the son of the art historian William George Constable.

William George Constable art historian and gallery director

William George Constable (born Derby, England, 27 October 1887, died Cambridge, Massachusetts, 3 February 1976, was an art historian and gallery director. He was the father of Medieval Historian Giles Constable.

Education and career

Constable got his A.B. at Harvard University in 1950 and his Ph.D. at the same school in 1957. He taught at the University of Iowa from 1955 to 1958 and at Harvard University from 1958 to 1984. He was the Henry Charles Lea-Professor of Medieval History at Harvard University from 1966 to 1977. From 1977 to 1984 he was Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library. He joined the faculty of the Institute for Advanced Studies as a Medieval History Professor in the School of Historical Studies in 1985. [2]

Harvard University private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 postgraduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.

University of Iowa public research university in Iowa City, Iowa, United States

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He is a member of the Medieval Academy of America and the American Philosophical Society, the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres , the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the British Academy and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He was a member of the scientific council of the Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique. [3]

The Medieval Academy of America, MAA is the largest organization in the United States promoting excellence in the field of medieval studies. It was founded in 1925 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The academy publishes the quarterly journal Speculum, and awards prizes, grants, and fellowships such as the Haskins Medal, which is named for Charles Homer Haskins, one of the Academy's founders and its second president.

American Philosophical Society United States scholarly organization that promotes knowledge in the sciences and humanities

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Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres French learned society devoted to the humanities, founded in February 1663 as one of the five academies of the Institut de France

The Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres is a French learned society devoted to the humanities, founded in February 1663 as one of the five academies of the Institut de France.


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