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Simon Doubleday
Simon Doubleday, PhD
This is what draws many of us back to the Middle Ages: the sense of kinship with people reaching out to us across time. Their resilience gives us hope and inspiration in our lives, too.


Hofstra University

About Simon Doubleday

Simon Doubleday is a Professor of History at Hofstra University. He received his BA in History from the University of Cambridge, where he completed a special program of study on the Black Death and its aftermath, and his PhD in Medieval History from Harvard University. He is a specialist in the history of medieval Europe, especially Spain.

Simon has received multiple grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also been a fellow of the New York Public Library’s Frederick Lewis Allen Room, and he was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is a former president of the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain. He participates regularly in leading medieval conferences and has been an invited lecturer at universities in England, Spain, Portugal, France, and the United States.

Simon’s books include The Wise King: A Christian Prince, Muslim Spain, and the Birth of the Renaissance and The Lara Family: Crown and Nobility in Medieval Spain. He has coedited a number of books, including Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice; In the Light of Medieval Spain: Islam, the West, and the Relevance of the Past; and Border Interrogations: Questioning Spanish Frontiers. He was also the founding editor of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies.

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