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Matthew Kempshall

Dr Matthew Kempshall, Lecturer (CUF) and Tutor in Modern History, and Keeper of the Gardens

Dr Matthew Kempshall, Lecturer (CUF) and Tutor in Modern History

Dr Matthew Kempshall is Lecturer (CUF) and Tutor in Modern History, and Keeper of the Gardens at Wadham College.

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Matthew Kempshall works on the transmission and transformation of aspects of the classical tradition within medieval and early Renaissance Europe. His research concerns the reception of Aristotle's ethical and political ideas, the connections between Ciceronian rhetoric and medieval historiography, the ideology of medieval kingship, and the understanding of classical republicanism by scholastic theologians and early Renaissance humanists. His teaching covers, in history, the period from 350 to 1500 and, in political thought, writers from Plato and Aristotle through to Rousseau and Marx.

Selected publications

Some Ciceronian Models for Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne (Viator 26.1995 pp.11-37)

The Individual Good in Late Thirteenth Century Scholastic Political Thought - Nicomachean Ethics I.2 1094b7-10 and IX.8 1169a11-b2 (Miscellanea Mediaevalia 24.1996 pp.493-510)

The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought (401pp. Oxford University Press 1999) eds.A.S.McGrade, M.S.Kempshall and J.Kilcullen

The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts II - Ethics and Political Philosophy, Cambridge 2000, pp.200-348)

Ecclesiology and Politics (ed.G.R.Evans).

The Medieval Theologians, Blackwell 2000, (pp.303-33)

De Republica I.39 in Medieval and Renaissance Political Thought (eds.J.North and J.Powell)

Cicero On the Republic, BICS Supplement, London 2001

No Bishop, No King - The Ministerial Ideology of Kingship and Asser’s Res Gestae Aelfredi (eds.R.Gameson and H.Leyser)

Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages, Oxford 2001, (pp.106-27)

Accidental Perfection: Ecclesiology and Political Thought in Monarchia (eds.P.Acquaviva and J.Petrie, Dante and the Church – Literary and Historical Essays, Four Courts Press, Dublin 2007, pp.127-71)

The Rhetoric of Giles of Rome’s De Regimine Principum (eds.F.Lachaud et L.Scordia, Le prince au miroir de la littérature politique de l’Antiquité aux Lumières, Rouen 2007, pp.161-90)

The Virtues of Rhetoric - Alcuin’s Disputatio de Rhetorica et de Virtutibus (Anglo Saxon England volume 37, 2008 pp.7-30)

Rhetoric and the Writing of History 400-1500 (627pp; Manchester University Press, 2011; hardback ISBN 978 0 7190 7030 3; paperback ISBN 978 0 7190 7031 0)

The Language of the Common Good in Scholastic Political Thought (Il Bene Comune: Forme di Governo e Gerarchie Sociali nel Basso Medioevo, Atti del XLVIII Convegno storico internazionale, Todi 9-12 ottobre 2011, Centro Italiano di Studi sull’Alto Medioevo, Spoleto 2012) pp.15-34

The Utility of Peace in Dante (ed.J.Barnes, War and Peace in Dante, Four Courts Press, Dublin, forthcoming 2013)

Time and Space (ed.M.G.A.Vale, A Short Oxford History of Europe – the Later Middle Ages, Oxford University Press, Oxford, forthcoming)