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Jolanta Komornicka
Jolanta Komornicka
Assistant Professor
Department of History

PhD, Boston University

MA, Boston University

BA, Reed College


SH 2016

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“The Devil made me do it: The language of victimization in Lancastrian Normandy.” In A Cultural History of Crime and Punishment, Renaissance Volume, ed. Laura Stokes (London: Bloomsbury). Forthcoming 2018.


“Treacherous Murder: Language and Meaning in French Murder Trials.” In Medieval and Early Modern Murder, ed. Larissa Tracy (Woodbridge: Boydell). Forthcoming 2018.


“The Ugly Elf: Orc Bodies, Perversion, and Redemption in The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings.” In The body in Tolkien’s Ledendarium: Essays on Middle-earth Corporeality, ed. Christopher Vaccaro, 83-96 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013).


“The Devil on Trial: The Changing Role of the Trial by Ordeal.” In The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe, edicted by Richard Raiswell and Peter Dendel, 221-256. CRRS Essays and Studies 28 (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012).


Contra Signum Notrum: The Symbolism of Lèse-majesté under Philip VI Valois.” In Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Mental-Historical Investigations of Basic Human Problems and Social Responses, edited by Albrecht Classen and Connie Scarborough, 183-224. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 11 (New York: de Gruyter, 2012).



“Man as rabid beast: criminals into animals in late medieval France.” French History 28, no.2 (2014): 157-171


Review of Catherine Randall, The Wisdom of Animals: Creatureliness in Early Modern French Spritiality. H-France Review Vol. 15 (February 2015), No. 17


“Man as Rabid Beast: Criminals into Animals in Late Medieval France.” French History 28, no. 2 (2014): 157-171.


Saisie du Temporel: The Parlement of Paris and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in the 14th Century.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 38 (2010): 29-46.


“The Jews in the Medieval Polish Economy: Some Thoughts on the Historiography of the Twentieth Century.” History Compass 7, no. 3 (2009): 644-658.


Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant, Medieval Academy (2010-2011)
Conference Travel Grant, Boston University (2010)
Ruby Grant, Reed College (2002)


Gagliardo Dissertation Fellowship, Boston University (2011-2012)
Dean’s Scholarship, Boston University (2011-2012)
Engelbourg Travel Fellowship, Boston University (2009)
Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship, Boston University (2008)


Alice M. Brennan Humanities Award, Boston University, (2011-2012)



ARTS 490: Global Populism and Democratic Futures


HIST/MEDVL 115: Crusading in the Middle Ages
HIST 291: Special Topics in History—Game of Thrones
HIST 391: Special Topics in History—True Crime
HIST/MEDVL 260: Europe: 410-1303
HIST/MEDVL 304/RS 342: Heresy and Religious Crises in Late Medieval Europe
HIST 422: Special Topics in History—Pre-Modern Science and Technology


Late Medieval France
Medieval Law, Crime, and Society