Academic Experience Abroad:
- John Cabot
University, Rome: visiting faculty 2013
- Webster University,
Vienna, Austria campus: visiting faculty, 2004
- Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Republic
Asst. Professor for the University of
New Orleans International Summer School, 1992, 1993, 1997;
Director of the University of Notre Dame Study Abroad Program, 1988-1992;
Lecturer in the Abteilung für Geschichte, 1989-1992
- Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn,
Federal Republic of Germany:
doctoral research on Fulbright Grant, 1982-1983
- Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg, Republic
undergraduate student and graduate assistant for BGSU A-Y-A Program,
- King's College History Society, tour escort for trips to Rome, Paris,
Prague & Vienna, Madrid, Florence, Munich, Paris, Sorrento/Naples, London and
- Medieval Political, Constitutional & Ecclesiastical History
- Medieval Noble Society
- Medieval German Empire
- Church & State
- Prince-Bishops (especially Nicholas of Cusa)
- Witch Hunts
Nicholas of Cusa Page
A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies
and Diversities throughout History, Second Edition.
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 (also
First Edition Peking University Press, 2014). Website:<ConciseWesternCiv.com>
Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment
from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials.
Westport, CT: Greenwood,
Lincoln, NB: Bison Books, 2010.
A Warrior Bishop of the 12th Century: The Deeds of Albero
of Trier, by Balderich. Translated, with an introduction and notes by
Brian A. Pavlac. Medieval Sources in Translation 44. Toronto: Pontifical
Institute of Medieval Studies, 2008.
- "Of Kings, their Battles, and Castles," in
Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, Wiley, in progress.
- "Personality of Prelates between Church and Empire: the Example of
Albero of Trier (1131-1152)," in 'In the Hands of God's Servants' II:
Episcopal Personalities and Episcopal Power, Brepols, in progress.
- Chapter 3: Reform, in Introducing Nicholas of Cusa: A Guide to a
Renaissance Man, edited by Christopher M. Bellitto, Thomas M. Izbicki,
and Gerald Christianson (Paulist Press, 2004).
- "The Curse of Cusanus: Excommunication in Fifteenth Century
Germany," in Nicholas of Cusa and His Age: Intellect and
Spirituality, edited by Thomas M. Izbicki and Christopher Bellitto (Leiden:
E.J. Brill, 2002): 199-213; reviewed by Cary Nederman in The
Medieval Review, 03.01.11.
- "Emperor Henry VI (1191-97) and the Papacy: Similarities with Innocent III's
Temporal Policies," in Pope Innocent III and His World, edited by John C.
Moore (Brookfield, Vt.: Ashgate, 1999): 255-269.
- "Die Verhängung des Kirchenbannes über Graf Meinhard II. von Tirol
(1259-95)," Veröffentlichungen des Tiroler Landesmuseums Ferdinandeum 75/76
"Nicolaus Cusanus as Prince-Bishop of Brixen (1450-64): Historians and a Conflict
of Church and State," Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 21
annotated in Deutsches Archiv 52 (1996):
- "Excommunication and Territorial Politics in High Medieval Trier," Church
History 60 (1991): 20-36; annotated in The American Historical Association's Guide
to Historical Literature, 3rd ed. (Oxford University Press, 1995), no. 20.728.
- of Andreas Schmidt, "Bischof bist Du und Fürst": Die Erhebung
geistlicher Reichsfürsten im Spätmittelalter: Trier, Bamberg, Augsburg,
for Speculum, in progress.
- James D. Mixson and Bert Roest, eds. A Companion to Observant Reform
in the Late Middle Ages and Beyond, for The Medieval Review,
- of Kristen C. Uszkalo, Bewitched and Bedeviled: A Cognitive Approach
to Embodiment in Early English Possession, in Journal of British
- of Benjamin C. Ray, Satan and Salem: The Witch-Hunt Crisis of 1692
in Journal of American History, forthcoming.
- of Josiah Ober, The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece in
Canadian Journal of History 51 (2016), 352-353.
- of P. G. Maxwell-Stuart, Witch Beliefs and Witch Trials in the Middle
Ages: Documents and Readings. New York and London: Continuum, 2011 in
Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 9 (2014): 104-107 <http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/magic_ritual_and_witchcraft/v009/9.1.pavlac.html>.
- of Maximilian I. (1459-1519): Wahrnehmung-Übersetzungen-Gender,
Heinz Noflatscher, Michael A. Chisholm, and Bertrand Schnerb, eds. in
Sixteenth Century Journal 46 (2014): 253-255.
- of Erich Meuthen, Nicholas of Cusa: A Sketch for a Biography, trans. David Crowner and Gerald Christianson in Speculum
- of K. David Goss, The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide in The Sixteenth Century Journal
41 (2010): 241-242.
- of Rainer Decker, Hexenjagd in Deutschland in Francia Recensio,
Francia 2008-4, Frühe Neuzeit Revolution Empire (1500-1815), URL: <http://www.perspectivia.net/content/publikationen/francia/francia-recensio/2008-4/FN/decker_pavlac>
- of Wilhelm Baum and Raimund Senoner, ed. Nikolaus von Kues: Briefe and
Dokumente zum Brixner Streit. Vol. 2: Nikolaus von Kues als
Seelsorger. Briefe. Denkschriften (1453-1458) in the American Cusanus
Society Newsletter 18, no. 1 (June 2001): 37-38.
- of J. Jeffrey Tyler, Lord of the Sacred City: The Episcopus Exculsus in
Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany in Speculum 76 (2001):
- of Genevive Bührer-Thierry, Evêques et pouvoir dans le royaume de Germanie: Les
églises de Bavière et de Souabe, 876-973 in Speculum 74 (1999):704-706.
- of Benzo von Alba, Sieben Bücher an Kaiser Heinrich IV., ed. and trans. Hans
Seyffert (MGH Scriptores Rerum Germanicarum in Usum Scholarum Separatim Editi, 65) in Speculum
74 (1999): 389-390.
- of Paul B. Pixton, The German Episcopacy and the Implementation of the Decrees of the
Fourth Lateran Council, 1216-1245: Watchmen on the Tower in Speculum 72 (1997):
- of Sabine Weiss, Kurie und Ortskirche: Die Beziehungen zwischen Salzburg und dem
päpstlichen Hof unter Martin V. (1417-1431) in Speculum 71 (1996):
- of John W. Bernhardt, Itinerant Kingship and Royal Monasteries in Early Medieval
Germany, c. 936-1075 in Speculum 70 (1995): 881-883.
- of Walter Mohr, Studien zur Klosterreform des Grafen Arnulf I. von Flandern: Tradition
und Wirklichkeit in der Geschichte der Amandus-Klöster in Speculum 69 (1994):
- of Joseph H. Lynch, The Medieval Church: A Brief History in Speculum 69
- of Benjamin Arnold, German Knighthood, 1050-1300 in The Historian 49 (1987):
- General editor, Great Events from History: The Middle Ages, 477-1453
(Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2004), with contribution on "Alice Kyteler Found
Guilty of Witchcraft, July 2, 1324."
- "Ten Common Errors and Myths about the Witch Hunts," URL: <http://www.brianpavlac.org/witchhunts/werrors.html>
and "Ten General Historical Theories about the Origins and Causes of the Witch Hunts." URL: <http://www.brianpavlac.org/witchhunts/wtheories.html>.
Prof. Pavlac's Witch
- Contributions on crusading armies and knives, daggers & swords in Weapons
and Warfare, edited by John Powell (Pasadena, CA: Salem
- Contributions on medieval warfare (general article and German wars such as
dynastic conflicts of 1077-1214, 1400-1411, 1314-1325) in Magill's Guide to Military History, edited by John Powell
(Pasadena, CA: Salem
- Sixteen entries on various political and biographical subjects (e.g. Trier,
Bishop Burchard of Worms, the Battle of Sempach, Emperor Lothar III, Emperor
Frederick III, the Hexenhammer) in Medieval Germany: an
Encyclopedia, edited by John M. Jeep (New York: Garland Publishing,
- Essay about Archduke Francis Ferdinand for Biographical Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century
World Leaders, edited by John Powell (Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2000).
- Essay about Holy Roman Emperor/Bohemian King Wenceslaus IV (1361-1419) in Dictionary of World
Biography: Volume II, the Middle Ages, edited by Frank N. Magill (Englewood Cliffs,
NJ: Salem Press and Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998).
- Biographical sketches of 33 medieval and early modern German women (e.g. Hrostwitha of
Gandersheim, Hildegard of Bingen, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Empress Maria
Theresa) in Chronology
of Women Worldwide: People, Places, & Events That Shaped World History, edited by
Lynne Brakeman (Detroit: Gale Research, 1996).
- Student assistance to The Encyclopedia of Southern History, edited by David C.
Roller and Robert W. Twyman (Louisiana State University Press, 1979).
- "The Curse of Cusanus: Excommunication and Politics in Fifteenth-Century
Germany," in American
Cusanus Society Newsletter, vol. 17, no. 1 (June 2000): 45-46.
- "From Theory to Practice: the Failure of Nicholas of Cusa as Bishop of Brixen"
in American Cusanus Society Newsletter, vol. 14, no. 1 (June 1997): 36.
- The Development of Temporal Rule by the Archbishops of Trier: 1066-1259, in Doctoral
Dissertations in History, vol. 11 (American Historical Association, 1987): 5.
- The Development of Temporal Rule by the Archbishops of Trier: 1066-1259, directed
by John H. Van Engen (Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1986);
research partially funded by a Fulbright Grant to Bonn, Germany.
Information to the Popular Press:
- "Personality of Prelates between Church and Empire: the Example of Albero
of Trier: "In the Hands of God's Servants": Episcopal Personalities and
the Power of the Bishop in Western Europe, 1000-1300, Cardiff University,
- The Witches of Innsbruck: Cusanus and the Hammer of the Church, Nicholas of Cusa Session #2, In Honor of Thomas H. Izbicki,
41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Medieval
Institute, Western Michigan University, May 2006.
- "The Curse of Cusanus: Excommunication and Politics in Fifteenth-Century
Germany," Nicholas of Cusa Session #1: Canon Law in the Age of Cusanus, 35th
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Medieval
Institute, Western Michigan University, May 2000.
- "Defenders of the Empire: the Formation of the Bellicose Bishops of Germany," Genus
Regale et Sacerdotale: the Image of the Bishop around the Millennium, University of Chicago, Medieval Studies
Workshop, October 1999.
- "Conquests, Councils, & Concordance: German Prince-Bishops and imperial reforms
in the Fifteenth Century," 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University,
- "From Theory to Practice: the Failure of Nicholas of Cusa as Bishop of
Brixen," Nicholas of Cusa Session #2: The Acta Cusana I, iii: Its Recent
Publication and its Significance for Cusanus Research, 32nd International Congress on
Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1997.
- "Emperor Henry VI (1191-97) and the Papacy: Influences on Innocent III's Staufen
Policies," Pope Innocent III and His World, Hofstra University, May 1997.
- "Countess Margaret 'Pocketmouth' of Tyrol (1335-63) and the Problem of a Woman's
Rule through Men," Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship's Session #3:
Entering the Public Space: Women and Politics in the Middle Ages, 31st International
Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1996.
- "Machiavelli's Prince and Christine's Princess: Political Theories in the
Renaissance," Christine de Pizan: Texts/Intertexts/Contexts, 29th Conference of
the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, SUNY-Binghamton, October 1995.
- "The Excommunications of Count Meinhard II of Tyrol (1259-95)," 19th
International Conference on Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Villanova
University, October 1994.
- "Countess Margaret 'Pocket-Mouth' of Tyrol (1335-63) and the Problems of Rule
through Marriage and Inheritance," The Roles of Women in the Middle Ages: A
Reassessment, 26th Conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies,
SUNY-Binghamton, October 1992.
- "German Prince-Bishops and Medieval Rule," Majestas Society Session #1:
Idea and Reality of Medieval Rulership, 23rd International Congress on Medieval Studies,
Western Michigan University, May 1988.
- "Hero for the Libertas cclesiae: The Adventures of Albero von Montreuil, Later
Archbishop of Trier (1131-1152)," Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference,
U. of Iowa, September 1986.
- "Excommunication and Territorial Politics in High Medieval Trier," 24th
Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference, University of Illinois, October 1985.
- "An Archbishop as War-Leader: Albero of Trier (1131-1152)," War in the
Middle Ages Session #4: Generalship; 20th International Congress on Medieval Studies,
Western Michigan University, May 1985.
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