R. I. Moore

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R. I. Moore

Robert Ian Moore

(1941-05-08) 8 May 1941 (age 79)
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Other namesBob Moore
Academic background
Alma materMerton College, Oxford
Academic work
Sub-disciplineMedieval history
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Robert Ian "Bob" Moore FRHistS (born 1941),[1] most commonly known as R. I. Moore, is a British historian who is Professor Emeritus of History at Newcastle University. He specialises in medieval history and has written several influential works on the subject of heresy.[2] Moore was a pioneer in the UK of the teaching of world history to undergraduate students, has published numerous papers on comparative world history, and is series editor of the Blackwell History of the World.


Moore was born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on 8 May 1941. He studied at Merton College, Oxford, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962[1] and a Master of Arts degree in 1966. From 1964 to 1994 he taught medieval history at the University of Sheffield, then moving to the Newcastle University, where he remained until 2003.[3] He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago in 1989 and the University of California at Berkeley in 2004.[4]

Selected works


  • The Birth of Popular Heresy (1975)
  • The Origins of European Dissent (1st 1977, revised 1985)
  • The First European Revolution, c. 970–1215 (2000)
  • Studies in Medieval History Presented to R. H. C. Davis, eds. Henry Mayr-Harting and Moore (Hambledon Press, 1985)
  • The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Power and Deviance in Western Europe, 950–1250 (Blackwell Publishing, 1987); Expanded edition, The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Authority and Deviance in Western Europe, 950–1250 (Blackwell, 2007)
  • 3rd. edition of R.H.C.Davis, A History of Medieval Europe: from Constantine to Saint Louis, (Pearson Longman, 2005, ISBN 0-582-78462-X) (1st ed. by Ralph Henry Carless Davis, Longman, 1957; 2nd ed. by Davis, 1970)
  • The War on Heresy: the Battle for Faith and Power in Medieval Europe (Profile Books, 2012); US title, The War on Heresy (Harvard, 2012)

Historical atlas edited

  • The Hamlyn Historical Atlas (London: Hamlyn, 1961; revised 1981): US title, Rand McNally Atlas of World History (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1981; revised 1983). Associate editors, Maps copyright Creative Cartography, Hamlyn, and Rand McNally.
  • The Newnes Historical Atlas (Newnes Books, 1983)
  • Philip's Atlas of World History (George Philip and Son, 1992)


  • Family, Community and Cult on the Eve of the Gregorian Reform', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th series, 30 (1980), 49–69.
  • 'Guibert of Nogent and his World,' in 'Studies in Medieval History Presented to R.H.C. Davis ed. Henry Mayr-Harting and R.I. Moore (London, 1985), 107-117.
  • 'Antisemitism and the Birth of Europe', Studies in Church History ed. Diana Wood, 29, Christianity and Judaism, (Oxford, 1992), 33 – 57.
  • 'Heresy and the Making of Literacy, c. 1000 – 1150', Peter Biller and Anne Hudson eds., Heresy and Literacy in the Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 19 – 37, reprinted in Lester K. Little and Barbara H. Rosenwein eds., Debating the Middle Ages (Oxford 1998), pp. 363–75
  • 'Heresy, Repression and Social Change in the Age of Gregorian Reform', in Medieval Christendom and Its Discontents, ed. Scott J. Waugh (Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 19 – 46.
  • (in French) 'A la naissance d'une société persécutrice: les clercs, les Cathares et la formation de l'Europe', in Le Catharisme,: un ordre condamné: Centre nationale d'études cathares, 6e. session d'histoire médiévale, September 1993 (Carcassone, 1996), pp. 11 – 37
  • 'Between Sanctity and Superstition: Saints and their Miracles in the Age of Revolution', in The Work of Jacques Le Goff, and the Challenges of Medieval History ed. Miri Rubin (Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1997), pp. 63 – 75
  • 'World History' in Michael Bentley (ed.) Companion to Historiography (London, Routledge, 1997), pp. 941 – 59
  • 'The Birth of Europe as a Eurasian Phenomenon', Modern Asian Studies 31/3 (1997), pp. 583 – 601, reprinted in V. Lieberman, ed., Beyond Binary Histories: Re-imagining Eurasia to c. 1830 (Ann Arbor, 1999), pp. 139–59



  1. ^ a b Levens, R. G. C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900–1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 516.
  2. ^ Frassetto, Michael, ed. (2006). Heresy and the persecuting society in the Middle Age: Essays on the work of R. I. Moore. Brill. ISBN 9789004150980. ISSN 1573-5664.
  3. ^ "Emeritus Professor Robert Moore". School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Newcastle University. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Visiting Scholars". Program in medieval studies, University of California, Berkeley. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  5. ^ "RHS Fellows – M" (PDF). The Royal Historical Society. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Institute Alumni". Institute for Advanced Study. The Trustees of Indiana University. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Corresponding Fellows". The Medieval Academy of America. Retrieved 18 March 2016.

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