Meredith Leigh Dear Riedel

Meredith Leigh Dear Riedel

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity

Overview

Dr. Riedel is the author of Leo VI and the Transformation of Byzantine Christian Identity: Writings of an Unexpected Emperor  (Cambridge, 2018).
Dr. Riedel’s research interests focus on the nexus of war, politics, and religion in the early medieval Byzantine oikoumene, with particular interest in how Orthodox Christianity interacted with Islam, Latin Christianity, Judaism, and other indigenous faith traditions of the Mediterranean world. She studies military and diplomatic interactions between Christendom and Islam and is particularly interested in Byzantine cultural attitudes and beliefs in the centuries leading up to the Crusades. Her first book presents a new analysis of the design and purpose of the Byzantine Emperor Leo VI’s military manual, the Taktika, as well as his legislative and homiletic writings, showing his use of biblical allusions and language to articulate a collective Christian political identity. Her second book, on the interaction of Christianity and Islam (7th-13th centuries) is currently in progress.

Dr. Riedel is an ordained Ruling Elder at Triangle Grace Church (ECO) in Durham. 

Education & Training

  • D.Phil., University of Oxford (UK) 2010

Riedel, Meredith L. D. Leo VI and the Transformation of Byzantine Christian Identity Writings of an Unexpected Emperor. Cambridge University Press, 2018. Manual, doi:10.1017/9781107281967. Full Text

Riedel, M. L. D. “Military Saints in Byzantium and Rus, 900-1200, by Monica White.” The English Historical Review, vol. 129, no. 540, Oxford University Press (OUP), 1 Oct. 2014, pp. 1163–65. Crossref, doi:10.1093/ehr/ceu217. Full Text

Riedel, M. L. D. ““James”, by Daniel M. Doriani (P&R, 2007).” Modern Reformation, vol. 16, no. 6, 2007, pp. 43–44.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Biblical Echoes in the Taktika of Leo VI.” The Bible in Byzantium Appropriation, Adaptation, Interpretation, edited by Claudia Rapp and Andreas Külzer, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018, pp. 25–38.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Historical Writing and Warfare.” Oxford History of History Writing, Vol. 2 (History Writing in the Middle Ages), edited by S. Foot and C. Robinson, Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 576–603.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Foreigners.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, edited by E. Bull, Blackwell, 2012.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Eudocia, empress.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, edited by E. Bull, Blackwell, 2012.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Constantine III Heraclius.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, edited by E. Bull, Blackwell, 2012.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Caesaropapism.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, edited by E. Bull, Blackwell, 2012.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Military lands.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, edited by E. Bull, Blackwell, 2012.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Forts, Byzantine.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, edited by E. Bull, Blackwell, 2012.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Popular religion, Byzantine.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, edited by E. Bull, Blackwell, 2012.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Paganism.” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, edited by E. Bull, Blackwell, 2012.

Pages

Riedel, M. L. D. “Demonic Prophecy as Byzantine Imperial Propaganda: The rhetorical appeal of the tenth-century Narratio de Imagine Edessena.” Fides Et Historia, vol. 49.1 (2017), 2017, pp. 11–23.

Riedel, M. L. D. “Biblical Echoes in Two Byzantine Military Speeches.” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, vol. 40/2 (2016), Cambridge University Press, Sept. 2016, pp. 207–22. Manual, doi:10.1017/byz.2016.4. Full Text

Riedel, M. L. D. “Leo VI and the Cleansing of the Law.” Medieval Perspectives, vol. 31 (2016), 2016, pp. 129–42.

Riedel, M. L. D. “‘Nikephoros II Phokas and Orthodox Military Martyrdom’.” Journal of Religious Medieval Cultures, vol. 41, no. 2, 2015, pp. 121–47.

Riedel, Meredith L. D. “Syriac sources for Byzantinists: an introduction and overview.” Byzantinische Zeitschrift, vol. 105, no. 2, Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Jan. 2012. Crossref, doi:10.1515/bz.2012.0030. Full Text