Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Connor KellyKelly.JPG

Ph.D. Candidate
Medieval History



B.A. History Dalhousie University
M.A. History Queen's University


Expanding upon my M.A. thesis, my research is primarily focused on the development of Latin Christian sexual ethics during the High Middle Ages. I am investigating how sustained conflict between Muslim and Christian communities in Iberia and the Levant gave rise to a diverse range of pejorative stereotypes regarding Muslim sexual practices that were used by Catholic chroniclers and polemicists to contest the religious validity of their confessional rivals. I am examining how these allegations were utilized by contemporaries to legitimize the ideological validity of the early Crusades, and how these claims provoked a self-reflexive awareness among Catholic writers regarding the dangers of their own "dissident" sexual behavior. The Council of Nablus in 1120 has been particularly important in my research as I see it as an unprecedented legislative milestone in terms of lay and ecclesiastical collusion in the governance of Latin Christian sexual conduct.