Beverly Mayne Kienzle
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
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.