Beverly Mayne Kienzle

Beverly Mayne Kienzle
John H. Morison Professor of the Practice in Latin and Romance Languages, Lecturer on Medieval Christianity, and Faculty Director of Language Studies

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Rockefeller 302
Kristin Gunst


  • BA, University of Maryland
  • AM, PhD, Boston College


Beverly Mayne Kienzle began teaching at HDS in 1986 and was appointed director of language studies in 1993. Her courses on Christian Latin and medieval Christianity emphasize the careful examination of primary sources and the role of texts in medieval culture. As past president of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, she channels her passion for medieval sermons into her teaching and her publications on preaching. Her work focuses on the place of preaching and sermons in the history of medieval religion and on evidence for women's preaching in monastic, lay, and dissident communities. A concern about violence against women motivates her continuing research on battering in historical narratives. She is translator of Hildegard of Bingen, Homilies on the Gospels; co-editor (with Carolyn A. Muessig) of Hildegard of Bingen's Expositiones euangeliorum in the Opera minora; author of Hildegard of Bingen and Her Gospel Homilies: Speaking New Mysteries; co-editor of the forthcoming A Handbook on Hildegard of Bingen; and co-translator of Hildegard of Bingen, Solutions to Thirty-Eight Questions. She is also co-editor of A Handbook on Catherine of Siena. Other publications include: Cistercians, Heresy, and Crusade in Occitania, 1145-1229; Women Preachers and Prophets Through Two Millennia of Christianity; The Sermon; Medieval Sermons and Society; Models of Holiness in Medieval Sermons; Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons for the Summer Season (translation); and De Ore Domini: Preacher and Word in the Middle Ages.

Current and future courses

Selected publications

  • Hildegard of Bingen, Homilies on the Gospels (Cistercian Publications/Liturgical Press, 2011) Publisher page
  • A Companion to Catherine of Siena (Brill, 2011) Publisher page
  • Hildegard of Bingen's Gospel Homilies: Speaking New Mysteries (Brepols, 2009) Publisher page
  • Hildegard of Bingen, Opera minora; Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis (CCCM 226) (Brepols, 2007) Publisher page
  • Cistercians, Heresy and Crusade in Occitania, 1145-1229: Preaching in the Lord's Vineyard (York Medieval Press, 2001) Publisher page