Features Podcast

An antidote to toxic medievalism, with Amy Kaufman and Paul Sturtevant

A conversation with Amy Kaufman and Paul Sturtevant about their book The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past. Extremists groups such as white supremacists and ISIS use the Middle Ages to advocate for specific racial, religious, or gender orders, and promote violence as a means for attaining them. We talk about the contours and goals of these groups, their conflicted views of modernity and the Middle Ages, how Byzantium does or does not fit into this picture, and generally go off on many tangents.

The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past is published by the University of Toronto Press – click here to visit the publisher’s website.


Amy S. Kaufman is a scholar of medieval studies and popular culture. You can visit her website or follow her on Twitter @drdarkage

Paul B. Sturtevant is an Audience Research Specialist at The Smithsonian Institution and the Editor in Chief of The Public Medievalist. You can also visit his website or follow him on Twitter @Past_Present

The Public Medievalist is one of the leading websites about the Middle Ages – they examine many of the important issues within medieval studies, such as their series Race, Racism and the Middle AgesClick here to explore their website.


You can also hear Amy and Paul on The Medieval Podcast

Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.

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