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The Bright Ages, with Matthew Gabriele and David M. Perry

For medieval historians, a large part of the job tends to be working against common myths, using research to push back especially against narratives that erase people or that oversimplify complex issues. This week, Danièle speaks with Matthew Gabriele and David M. Perry, who have teamed up to write a new history of the Middle Ages in counterpoint to these old ideas: The Bright Ages.

Matthew Gabriele is a professor of medieval studies and the chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. His research and teaching focus on religion, violence, nostalgia, and apocalypse (in various combinations), whether manifested in the Middle Ages or modern world. You can learn more about Matthew on his personal website or follow him on Twitter @prof_gabriele


David M. Perry is a freelance journalist covering politics, history, education, and disability rights. He was a professor of Medieval History at Dominican University from 2006-2017, and his research focuses on Venice, the Crusades, and the Mediterranean World. You can learn more about David on his personal website or follow him on Twitter @Lollardfish

They have collaborated to write The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe, which is published by HarperCollins. You can also buy it from


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