Now available from University of Toronto Press:


How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past

by Amy S. Kaufman and Paul B. Sturtevant

Cover of The Devil's Historians, picturing a stained glass window that shows the execution of St. James, but the executioner looks like Adolf Hitler.
A stained glass window depicting, in vivid colors, the execution of St. James, with the executioner looking like Adolf Hitler.

Look inside The Devil's Historians.

Medieval history is misused every day.

History is powerful stuff. In the wrong hands, history can be misused to justify prejudice, hate, murder, terrorism and genocide. And because the Middle Ages are so distant, yet so popular, people have used medieval history to their own evil ends for hundreds of years. And they continue to do so today.​

What people are saying about The Devil’s Historians:

“The Devil’s Historians is a book that should be read by every teacher and student of medieval studies. Timely and hard-hitting, the book is unapologetic in its condemnation of modern groups who use a literally white-washed version of the Middle Ages to promote their own agendas of hatred and discrimination.... This is a well-researched and highly scholarly book written with journalistic ease and page-turning appeal.”
Kathy Cawsey, Ph.D.
Dalhousie University and President of the Canadian Society of Medievalists
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