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Dr Anna Sapir Abulafia

Dr Anna Sapir Abulafia

Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History, Lucy Cavendish College

Affiliated College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History, Newnham College

Lucy Cavendish College

Office Phone: 01223 3 32193

Research Interests

Twelfth and thirteenth-century intellectual history with particular emphasis on medieval Christian-Jewish relations.

Research Supervision

Teaches Chronology to students taking the MPhil in Medieval History, supervises students taking the central medieval option of that course on a variety of intellectual, theological and cultural topics. Also supervises students taking the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History on medieval topics. PhD students have worked/work in similar areas, for example, the political thought of John of Salisbury, Jewish female moneylending in thirteenth-century England, ’crusade and reform: the language of Christian martyrdom’, perceptions of Jews in twelfth-century Christian glosses on the Psalms.


The main undergraduate papers taught are: Paper 14, European History c. 900 - c. 1215; Paper 19, The History of Political Thought before 1700 in Part I and the Specified Paper in Part II on 'The Jewish Presence in Medieval Society'.

Key Publications

  • Book cover - Christians and JewsChristians and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (1995, paperback 2014).
  • Christians and Jews in Dispute. Disputational Literature and the Rise of Anti-Judaism in the West (c. 1000-1150) (1998).
  • Editor of Religious Violence between Christians and Jews: medieval roots, modern perspectives (2002).
  • Christian-Jewish relations, 1000-1300. Jews in the service of medieval Christendom (2011).