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Beverly Mayne Kienzle

John H. Morison Professor of the Practice in Latin and Romance Languages at Harvard University

Areas of expertise

  • Medieval sermons, especially Cistercian preaching
  • Hildegard of Bingen and her works
  • Medieval heresy, particularly “Catharism” in France and Italy
  • Medieval women’s writings
  • Battering in hagiography

Major works

The Solutions to 38 Questions of Hildegard of Bingen, English translation with Jenny Bledsoe and Stephen Behnke, Introduction and notes by Beverly Mayne Kienzle and Jenny C. Bledsoe. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications and Liturgical Press, 2014; A Handbook to Hildegard of Bingen, co-editor with Debra L. Stoudt and George Ferzoco. Leiden: Brill, 2013; A Handbook to Catherine of Siena, co-editor of volume (with Carolyn A. Muessig and George Ferzoco). Leiden: Brill, 2011; Hildegard of Bingen, Homilies on the Gospels, English translation and Introduction. Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications and Liturgical Press, 2011; Hildegard of Bingen and her Gospel Homilies: Speaking New Mysteries, Medieval Women and Texts 12, Turnhout: Brepols, 2009; Hildegard of Bingen. Expositiones evangeliorum, in Hildegardis Bingensis, Opera minora. Co-edited with Carolyn Muessig. Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis 226. Turnhout: Brepols, 2007; Cistercians, Heresy and Crusade (1145-1229): Preaching in the Lord’s Vineyard. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell and Brewer, 2001; The Sermon. Typologie des sources du moyen âge occidental, fasc. 81-83. General editor and author of “The Twelfth-Century Monastic Sermon,” pp. 271-323, Introduction, 143-174, and Conclusion 963-983. Turnhout: Brepols, 2000; Women Preachers and Prophets Through Two Millennia of Christianity. Co-edited with Pamela J. Walker. University of California Press, 1998; Models of Holiness in Medieval Sermons. Proceedings of the International Symposium (Kalamazoo, 4-7 May 1995), ed., B.M. Kienzle, Edith Dolnikowski, Rosemary Drage Hale, Darleen Pryds, Anne Thayer. Textes et études du Moyen Age, 5. Louvain-la-Neuve: F.I.D.E.M., 1996; Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons for the Summer Season: Liturgical Sermons from Rogationtide and Pentecost, CF 53, translation, introduction, notes, and indexes. Kalamazoo, Mich.: Cistercian Publications, 1991.

About Me

Beverly Mayne Kienzle is the John H. Morison Professor of the Practice in Latin and Romance Languages and Lecturer on Medieval Christianity (retired) at Harvard Divinity School.
Her courses on Christian Latin, Latin paleography, and medieval Christianity emphasize the careful examination of primary sources and the role of texts in medieval culture. Professor Kienzle’s research covers the fields of sermon studies, heresy, and hagiography with attention to the place of preaching in the history of medieval religion, to evidence for women's preaching in monastic, lay, and dissident communities, and to violence against women in hagiographical and historical narratives. Her recent publications have focused on Hildegard of Bingen and other holy women.

Courses and Programs taught by Beverly Mayne Kienzle