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Katherine Clark Walter

Dr. Katherine Clark Walter

Associate Professor
(585) 395-2880
Office:  317 Liberal Arts Building


  • Medieval European History
  • Gender
  • Culture and Religion


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2002 - Department of History
    Dissertation: "Pious Widowhood in the High and Later Middle Ages"
  • M.A., Indiana University, 1995 - Medieval History
  • B.A.,University of Richmond, 1991 - History and Music

Current Projects

I am currently working on a book, Luxurious Ministries, explores medieval liturgy's relationship to popular religious practice and sensibilities in Europe in later medieval religious life. The book explores ceremonies—such laypeople's vows, the reconsecration of desecrated churches and cemeteries, and penitential rituals-- that integrated laypeople into the liturgical life the church. The book focuses on expressions of popular spirituality and how these were managed by an institutional Church that increasingly defined itself through images of the powerful, celibate male priest. 

I am also working on one article on domestic violence in the life of the eleventh-century saint, Godlieve of Gistel and a second on ideas about gender and nature in medieval bestiaries.

Last Updated 8/19/19

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