After growing up in New York, Charlie Briggs majored in history at Grinnell College in Iowa, before going on to receive his M.Litt. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1993). After a decade and a half of teaching and administration at Georgia Southern University, where he was Professor of History, Briggs returned to the more amenable climes and landscape of the Northeast. A specialist in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe in the thirteenth through early sixteenth centuries, he teaches courses in late medieval and early modern European history, global history, and historical methods.
Briggs’s most recent book is a general history of later medieval and early Renaissance Europe, entitled The Body Broken: Medieval Europe 1300-1520 (Routledge, 2011); he has also authored Giles of Rome’s “De regimine principum”: Reading and Writing Politics at Court and University, c. 1275-c. 1525 (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and edited (with David Fowler and Paul Remley) The Governance of Kings and Princes: John Trevisa’s Middle English Translation of the “De regimine principum” of Aegidius Romanus (Garland, 1997). He has recently edited, with Peter Eardley, A Companion to Giles of Rome (Brill, forthcoming), and is now preparing a second edition of The Body Broken and working on two book projects, Critical Moments in World History: The Hundred Years War (Hackett Publishing) and Giles of Rome, “De regimine principum” (3 volumes, Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations).
He has published numerous book chapters, the most recent being “The Clerk,” in Historians on Chaucer: The “General Prologue” to the Canterbury Tales (Oxford University Press, 2014); “History, Story, and Community: Representing the Past in Latin Christendom, 1050-1400,” in The Oxford History of Historical Writing, Volume 2: 400-1400 (Oxford University Press, 2012); “Knowledge and Royal Power in the Later Middle Ages: From Philosopher-Imam, to Clerkly King, to Renaissance Prince,” in Power in the Middle Ages: Forms, Uses, Limitations (University of the South, 2010); and “Moral Philosophy in England after Grosseteste: An ‘Underground’ History,” in The Study of Medieval Manuscripts of England (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2010). His articles have appeared in the journals Rhetorica, LATCH [Online], Journal of Medieval History, English Manuscript Studies, Medieval Perspectives, Manuscripta, and Scriptorium. An article originally published in 2000, “Literacy, Reading, and Writing in the Medieval West,” has recently been reprinted in The History of the Book in the West: 400AD-1455 (Ashgate, 2010). In addition to receiving research funding from the American Philosophical Society, he has been a Leslie Humanities Fellow at Dartmouth College, a Mellon Fellow at Saint Louis University, and Starr Foundation Visiting Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. In December 2011 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.