Jolanta Komornicka


(434) 924-6407

Nau 356
Office Hours: T 11:00-1:00 pm & W 2:00-3:00 pm & Th 11:00-1:00 pm

Field & Specialties

Late Medieval France
Crime and Treason
Medieval Legal and Social History


Ph.D., History, Boston University, 2013

M.A., History, Boston University, 2005

B.A., History-Literature, Reed College, 2004

Jolanta Komornicka works on late-medieval legal and criminal history, with a particular focus on treason in France. She has worked on the labeling language of criminal deeds and of criminals themselves, situated within the contemporary social and political framework of the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. Her current work involves her book project on crimes of lese majesty in the Parlement of Paris of the fourteenth century and a digital history project involving the registres criminel and registres civil of Parlement.


"Man as Rabid Beast: The Social Function of Making Criminals into Animals in Late-Medieval France." French History 28:2 (2014): 157-171.


"The Ugly Elf: Orc Bodies, Perversion, and Redepmtion in The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings." In The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on Middle-earth Corporeality, ed. Christopher Vaccaro, 83-96 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013).


"The Devil on Trial: The Changing Role of the Devil in the Trial by Ordeal." In The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe, edited by Richard Raiswell and Peter Dendel, 221-256. CRRS Essays and Studies 28 (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012).


"Contra Signum Nostrum: The Symbolism of Lese-majeste under Philip VI Valois." In Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Mental-Historical Investigations of Basic Human Problems and Social Responses, edited by Albrecht Classen and Connie Scarborough, 189-224. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 11 (New York: De Gruyter, 2012).


"Saisie du Temporel: The Parlement of Paris and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in the 14th Century." Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 38 (2010): 29-46.


"The Jews in the Medieval Polish Economy: Some Thoughts on the Historiography of the Twentieth Century." History Compass 7:3 (2009): 644-658.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904


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