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Andrew Latham

Andrew Latham

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Andrew Latham was born in England, raised in Canada and currently lives in the United States.  He graduated from York University in Toronto with a BA (Honours) in Political Science and later earned an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston and a PhD from his alma mater, York. Since 1997 Andrew has been a member of the Political Science Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he where he lives with his wife Wendy, daughter Bernadette and son Michael.  Andrew regularly teaches courses in Medieval Political Thought, International Security and Regional Conflict.  His most recent publications include a non-fiction book entitled Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades. Andrew is particularly interested in exploring what he perceives to be a very curious historical phenomenon: the advent in the twelfth century of what Bernard of Clairveaux called the “New Knight” – a brutal yet pious warrior-monk who served God by killing in defense of the Church and Christendom.  He had explored this phenomenon in a limited way in Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics, but did not find this entirely satisfying.  Andrew really wanted to get to the bottom of the human dimension of this phenomenon by asking questions like what motivated these New Knights?  How did they reconcile (synthesize?) these two arguably incompatible dimensions of their identities?  And what was the (inner) life of a Templar or Hospitaller actually like?  Another nonfiction book seemed unlikely to allow him to get at these questions; much better, he thought, to try to explore this phenomenon through the medium of historical fiction – a medium that he believed would allow him to really get gain some insight into what made these warrior-monks “tick”.

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