Professor Mayke de Jong, PI

Professor of Medieval History
Utrecht University

Date/Place of birth:

  • 13.10.1950, Amsterdam
  • 1977 MA, University of Amsterdam
  • 1986 PhD, University of Amsterdam (supervisor C. van de Kieft; cum laude).
Professional Career
  • 1977-1987: lecturer in Medieval History, Catholic University of Nijmegen (part-time)
  • 1977-1987: lecturer in Medieval History and Cultural Anthropology, School for Arts and Literature, The Hague.
  • 1987- Professor of Medieval History, Utrecht University
  • 1994-1995 Member of the Board of the Faculty of Arts, UU, in charge of research.
  • 1991-1992, 2004-2005, 2006-2008: Chair of the History Department, UU
  • !990-2005, 2010- Leader of research, Medieval Studies, UU
  • 1996-2004: Chair of the Board of the National Research School for Medieval Studies.
Memberships, projects and funded sabbaticals:
  • 1992 – Member of the editorial board of Early Medieval Europe
  • 1985/4, 1993/4, 2005/6 Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study; in 2005/6 as director of a theme group on ‘Carolingian identity’
  • 1997-2001, directorr of the N.W.O.-funded project Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages
  • !998-1999 Visiting Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 1999- Corresponding member of the Royal Historical Society
  • 2010- Member of the advisory board of English Historical Review
  • 2010 – Member of the advisory board of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Latin Library


  • `Growing up in a Carolingian monastery: Magister Hildemar and his oblates', Journal of Medieval History 9 (1983), 99-128.
  • `Power and humility in Carolingian society: the public penance of Louis the Pious', Early Medieval Europe 1 (1992), 29-52.
  • ‘Carolingian monasticism: the power of prayer’, in R. McKitterick (ed.), The New Cambridge Medieval History vol. II, c. 750-900 (Cambridge 1995) 622-53.
  • In Samuel's Image. Child Oblation in the Early Medieval West (Leiden/ New/ York Köln) 1996 [360 pp.].
  • ‘The foreign past. Medieval historians and cultural anthropology', Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 109 (1996), 323-339.
  • `What was public about public penance? Paenitentia publica and justice in the Carolingian world', in La giustizia nell'alto medioevo (secolo ix-xi) (Settimane di studio del Centro Italiano di studi su'll alto Medioevo XLIV), Spoleto 1997, 863-904.
  • Imiatio morum. The cloister and clerical purity in the Carolingian world’, in M. Frassetto (ed.), Medieval purity and piety. Essays on clerical celibacy and religious reform’ (New York 1998), 35-61.
  • ‘Adding insult to injury: Julian of Toledo and his Historia Wambae’, in Peter Heather (ed.), The Visigoths from the Migration Period to the seventh century: an ethnographic perspective (Woodbridge 1999), 373-402.
  • ‘The empire as ecclesia: Hrabanus Maurus and biblical historia for rulers’, in: Y. Hen & M. Innes (eds.), The Uses of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2000), 191-226.
  • Esther Cohen & Mayke de Jong (eds.), Medieval Transformations. Texts, Power and Gifts in Context (Leiden/Boston/Köln 2001)..
  • Mayke de Jong, Frans Theuws & Carine van Rhijn (eds.), Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages (Leiden/Boston/Köln 2001).
  • Sacrum palatium et ecclesia. L’autorité religieuse royale sous les Carolingiens’ (790-840), Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales 58 (2003), 1243-1269.
  • ‘Bride shows revisited. Praise, slander and exegesis in the reign of the Empress Judith’, in L. Brubaker & J.M.H. Smith (eds.), Gender in the Early Medieval World. East and West, 600-900, 570-618 (Cambridge University Press).
  • Charlemagne’s balcony: the solarium in ninth-century narratives’, in J.R. Davis and M. McCormick (eds.), The Long Morning of Medieval Europe: New Directions in Early Medieval Studies (London, 2008), pp. 276-89.
  • The Penitential State. Authority and Atonement in the Ages of Louis the Pious (814-840) (Cambridge 2009)
  •  ‘The State of the Church: ecclesia and early medieval state formation’, in: W. Pohl and V. Wieser (eds.) Der frühmittelalterliche Staat: Europäische Perspektive Forschungen zur Geschichte des Mitttelalters 16 (Vienna, 2009), pp.  241-255.


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