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Monica White

Assistant Professor in Russian and Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Expertise Summary

History of pre-modern Russia and Byzantium

The Orthodox Church

Cults of saints and relics

Religion and warfare

Teaching Summary

•Nation, Myth, Identity: Introduction to Russian and Slavonic Studies (R81106)

•The World of Orthodox Sainthood (R82098) •The History of the Byzantine Empire (R83111)

I am able to offer postgraduate supervision in early East Slavonic and Byzantine history, religion and culture.

Recent Publications

  • MONICA WHITE, 2017. Fotii, A Rus' Pilgrim to Constantinople. In: CHRISTIAN RAFFENSPERGER and DONALD OSTROWSKI, eds., Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe, 900-1400 Routledge. 185-193
  • MONICA WHITE, 2016. Relics and the Princely Clan in Rus. In: Byzantium and the Viking World Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.
  • MONICA WHITE, JONATHAN SHEPARD and FEDIR ANDROSHCHUK, eds., 2016. Byzantium and the Viking World Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.
  • MONICA WHITE, 2014. The 'Grave Covering' of St Demetrios between Byzantium and Rus Književna istorija (Literary History). XLVI(152), 9-28

Past Research

Military Saints in Byzantium and Rus, 900-1200, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, studies the cults of the patron saints of armies in the medieval Orthodox world. Starting with an analysis of the religious re-orientation of Byzantine military thought between the sixth and tenth centuries, the book examines the emergence of a new corps of divine patrons whose cults were promoted by successive emperors of the Macedonian dynasty. The Byzantine tradition of military sainthood went on to exert a strong influence in early medieval Russia (Kievan Rus), shaping the cult of the martyred princes Boris and Gleb.

During and after work on this monograph, I completed a number of other projects on aspects of Byzantine and Rus culture and religion. These include articles about the inverted heart motif, a pattern found on enamels in the medieval Orthodox world; the evolution of dragon-slaying miracles in Byzantine hagiography; the place of Ss Boris and Gleb within the world of Orthodox sainthood; the veneration of Constantine the Great in early Rus; and relics in the religious culture and politics of Rus and Byzantium.

I am currently working on a history of relations between Byzantium and Rus over the entire medieval period (c. 860-1453).

  • MONICA WHITE, 2017. Fotii, A Rus' Pilgrim to Constantinople. In: CHRISTIAN RAFFENSPERGER and DONALD OSTROWSKI, eds., Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe, 900-1400 Routledge. 185-193
  • MONICA WHITE, 2016. Relics and the Princely Clan in Rus. In: Byzantium and the Viking World Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.
  • MONICA WHITE, JONATHAN SHEPARD and FEDIR ANDROSHCHUK, eds., 2016. Byzantium and the Viking World Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis.
  • MONICA WHITE, 2014. The 'Grave Covering' of St Demetrios between Byzantium and Rus Književna istorija (Literary History). XLVI(152), 9-28
  • WHITE, M., 2013. Military saints in Byzantium and Rus, 900-1200 Cambridge University Press.
  • WHITE, M., 2013. Veneration of St. Constantine in pre-Mongol Rus. In: BOJOVIĆ, D., ed., Sveti car Konstantin i hrišćanstvo. Tom II: Međunarodni naučni skup povodom 1700. godišnjice Milanskog edikta, 31. maj-2. jun 2013 Centar za crkvene studije. 351-362
  • WHITE, M., 2010. Byzantine saints in Rus and the cult of Boris and Gleb. In: ANTONSSON, H.T. and GARIPZANOV, I.H., eds., Saints and their lives on the periphery: veneration of saints in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe Brepols. 95-114
  • WHITE, M., 2008. The rise of the dragon in middle Byzantine hagiography Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. 32(2), 149-167
  • WHITE, M., 2006. Byzantine Visual Propaganda and the Inverted Heart Motif Byzantion. 76, 330-363
  • WHITE, M., 2004. A Byzantine Tradition Transformed: Military Saints under the House of Suzdal' Russian Review. VOL 63(NUMBER 3), 493-513

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