Dr. Craig M. Nakashian, tenured associate professor of history at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, has released a new book that delves into the activities of medieval clergy in times of war, according to university officials.
"Warrior Churchmen of Medieval England, 1000-1250 Theory and Reality," was released by Boydell & Brewer Publishers on Dec. 15, said Carol Langston, A&M-Texarkana director of communications.
"The book received top billing in Boydell & Brewer's announcement in the December 2016 issue of the English Historical Review, which is among the most prestigious academic publications on history in the world," Langston said.
Nakashian examines the clergy's place in war during the Middle Ages and society's view of it.
"Christianity has had a problematic relationship with warfare throughout its history, with the Middle Ages being no exception," Nakashian said.
He said many clerics, though "largely excluded from military activity," continued to participate in war—even on the battlefield—despite the risk to their religious and social standing.
"His book, focusing on a number of individual English clerics between 1000 and 1250, seeks to untangle the cultural debate surrounding this military behavior," a university press release said.
Nakashian's interest in the topic was piqued while writing a paper in graduate school at Durham University in Durham, England, where he earned a Master of Arts in Medieval History. His research continued at the University of Rochester while writing his doctoral dissertation.
Nakashian teaches Medieval Civilization; Sex, Swords and Sorcery: The Medieval World in Anglo-American Film; Augustus Caesar to Charlemagne; Crusades, Councils and King Arthur: Europe in 1215; and World Civilization I and II.
Nakashian, who serves as director of the honors program, will present a University Honors event called "'A New Kind of MonsterPart Monk, Part Knight': The Debate over Warrior Clerics in Medieval Europe" at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Tri-State Iron & Metal Atrium on the third floor of the University Center on campus, 7101 University Ave. A question-and-answer session and book-signing will follow.
The book is available at boydellandbrewer.com or online retailers including Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books-A-Million, Target, Walmart, IndieBound and Wordery.
For more information, contact Dr. Craig Nakashian at [email protected] or 903-223-3136.