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Anne  Koenig

Anne Koenig

Anne Koenig
Von Rosenstiel Assistant Professor of History


Office: SOC 289
Phone: 813/974-2807


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2013


I teach courses in medieval history and in the history of science and medicine. Within these fields, my teaching covers a wide range of topics, geographies and time periods. As a cultural and social historian of medieval Europe with a background in gender history, the history of religion, and the history of science and medicine, I have a strong interdisciplinary approach to teaching history. My classes look at the intersections of science and society, religion and culture, politics and gender. I have a particular affinity for bringing students into the pre-modern world by using the literature, art, and material culture of past cultures in my classes. Students read from a wide range of primary sources in order to hear ancient, medieval and early modern voices and to enter into belief systems and values that gave meaning to people’s experiences.

My classes examine the many political, intellectual, social and cultural institutions of the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the High and Later Middle Ages (1100-1500). I teach aspects of many of the cultures and countries of Europe, but focus primarily on Germany, England, France and Italy. Taught courses include:

The Medieval West. This course is a survey of the medieval world, bookended by the fall of Rome (c. 500) and the Renaissance and Reformation (c. 1500).
The History of Science and Medicine from Antiquity to Isaac Newton. This course is survey of the scientific and medical theory and practice from the rise of Greek philosophy to the “Scientific Revolution” of the early modern world.
Medieval Culture: Communities, Conflict and Scandal. This course focuses on the history of cultural norms and behaviors in the European Middle Ages from 1050 to 1500. Students work a semester-long project, “Curating the Middle Ages,” in which they build their own online museum exhibits that explore aspects of the medieval world. This course is certified as a Global Citizens course.
The Medieval World. This undergraduate seminar follows inhabitants of the medieval world, roughly broken up into “those who work, those who fight, those who pray,” and “those who don’t quite fit into these categories.”
Controversy and Scandal in the Middle Ages. This undergraduate seminar digs deep into famous scandals of medieval Europe as a way of understanding the social, cultural, and legal structures of the Middle Ages.
Medieval Crime and Punishment (Being Bad in the Middle Ages). This undergrad/grad seminar investigates the legal world of medieval Europe and the way that transgressions were defined and handled across European jurisdictions and cultures.
The History of Medicine. This undergrad/grad seminar traces the changes in medicine over its long history in Western society and also examines the shifts in modern approaches to the study of medicine, disease and the body.
Popular Culture and Religion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. This graduate seminar examines the invention and evolution of different religious pieties in medieval and early modern Europe and explores the various methodologies that modern historians use to access the beliefs and experiences of “non-elites” in premodern Europe.
Medieval Europe. A graduate field seminar that covers the scope of medieval studies but focuses on recent works in the field of medieval history.

I also occasionally teach independent studies for students working on medieval Latin or with medieval manuscripts.

I oversee graduate students working on cultural, medical, religious, or legal topics in medieval history. Students interested in pursing graduate work in medieval studies should contact me for more information.


I am a cultural and social historian of medieval Europe, with a focus on late medieval Germany. My research focuses on the intersection of medical and religious ideas about disease and suffering, from the narratives of healing found in miracle stories to the juxtaposition of medical and religious advice in fifteenth-century German texts.

My completed book project, Wandering Minds: Madness, Medicine and Society in Southeastern Germany, is a socio-cultural history of medieval madness that focuses on southeastern Germany in the later Middle Ages. Based on extensive research conducted in the city and state archives and manuscript collections of modern Bavaria (primarily Nuremberg and Munich), my work uncovers a picture of late-medieval society in which ideas about mental distress were multi-layered and in which the mad themselves were far more integrated into the workings of society than previously suspected. Medical texts, natural philosophic writings, miracle stories and municipal records all come together in this volume to illustrate the various frameworks of understandings about madness that existed in late medieval German culture. Even more critically, by sifting through municipal records, Wandering Minds finds the mad themselves: locating them when they stayed still in prisons, hospitals, and homes, and when they traveled along the roads and rivers of southeastern Germany. Wandering Minds thus moves beyond generalizations about the mad that have dogged madness studies and to offer the first comprehensive socio-cultural history of madness in a specific medieval context.

In addition to my book manuscript, I have written several articles on medieval madness that explore the competing frameworks for understanding madness and examine the intersections between ideas about madness and ideas about magic, animals, and children. I have also written on Hildegard of Bingen’s authority and expertise over raving disorders. And I have contributed entries and introductions to the The Medieval Disability Sourcebook, edited by Cameron Hunt McNabb and forthcoming with Punctum Press.

Specialty Area

Medieval Europe, History of Science and Medicine, History of the Margins, Gender and Sexuality (premodern), History of Religion, Cultural History