Samuel Claussen, Ph.D.
Office Hours: By appointment
Dr. Claussen is a medieval European historian. His research deals with violence, religion, and chivalry in medieval Castile and its place in the wider Mediterranean and western European worlds. Dr. Claussen works to understand the ideas of knights and men-at-arms in the medieval world through an examination of traditional historical sources such as chronicles, treatises, and the records of central government, but also through literary and imaginative sources such as frontier ballads, poetry, and chivalric romance.
Ph.D., History - University of Rochester, 2015
Research Field: Medieval Europe
Teaching Fields: Modern China, Early Modern History of Science
M.A., Historical Studies - University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 2008
B.A., History and Political Science - Western State College of Colorado, 2006
Knights and Chivalry
“Chivalric and Religious Valorization of Warfare in High Medieval France.” In Prowess, Piety, and Public Order in Medieval Society: Studies in Honor of Richard Kaeuper, edited by Craig Nakashian and Daniel Franke. Leiden: Brill, 2017, 199-217.
“Royal Punishment and Reconciliation in Trastámara Castile” in Treason: Medieval and Early Modern Treachery, Betrayal and Shame, ed. Larissa Tracy. Leiden: Brill, 2019, 100-118.
“Chivalric Violence” with Peter Sposato in Companion to Chivalry, ed. Robert Jones and Peter Coss (Boydell & Brewer), Forthcoming, Summer 2019.
- Grant Funding
California Lutheran University's Faculty and Research and Creative Work Grant - 2016
Hewlett Grant for Academic Travel and Research - 2017, 2018
Experiential Learning Through the History of Food (California Lutheran University) - 2017-2018