Dr. Burnam Reynolds
Burnam Reynolds, (’70), has taught at Asbury since 1973, with research interests in early Medieval Europe and the intersection of Church History with warfare., particularly the origins of the Crusades.
He received his Ph.D. in Medieval History from the University of Kentucky in 1980, and has presented nearly twenty scholarly papers in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, and Poland.
He has published articles in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and the U.S., most notably his “The Prehistory of the Crusades: Toward a Developmental Taxonomy”, History Compass (2008): 884-897, that opened up a field of study long neglected by Crusade historians.
He has produced Columbanus: Light on the Early Middle Ages, in the Library of World Biography series, Peter Stearns, Gen. Ed.. New York: Pearson, 2011, and is under contract with Bloomsbury Press of London to write The Prehistory of the Crusades: Missionary War and the Baltic Crusades, due out in late 2015.
For seven years he was a featured speaker in the Kentucky Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau giving talks on “Jihad, Crusade, and Today,” and “The Real Crusades.”
He was also selected as one of twenty-five university professors to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Institute, “Cathedral and Culture: Medieval York” in York, U.K. in 2007.
Reynolds teaches upper division courses in Medieval Civilization, The History of Christianity, Ancient History, the Histories of Early Britain and France, as well as seminars on the Crusades and the topic of War, Peace, and Faith.