Note: This list contains sources on medieval-themed extremism published in academic books and journals within the last 20 years. For earlier studies of medievalism, see our other relevant resources section here. For articles on these issues published in journalistic outlets, see our “in the news” section here. Where practical, we have listed an entire anthology or journal special issue in lieu of individual essays.
Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman, “Who’s Your Daddy? New Age Grails.” Arthuriana 19.2 (2009): 25-33.
Mattias Gardell, Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism, Duke University Press, 2003.
J. Patrick Hornbeck II, “Own Your Heresy,” in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 265-274.
Matthew Gabriele, “The ‘Terrors of the Year 1900’: The eleventh century and a debate about the meaning of modernity,” Postmedieval 10.2 (2019): 194-205.
Karolyn Kinane, “New Age and Neopagan Medievalism,” in Gail Ashton, ed., Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture, Bloomsbury, 2017: 223-233.
Brian Johnsrud, “The Crusades All Over Again: Obama, ISIS, and Medieval Metaphors after 9/11,” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 31 (2016): 45-55.
Amy S. Kaufman, “Anxious Medievalism: An American Romance,” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 22 (2008): 5–13.
Amy S. Kaufman, “His Princess: An Arthurian Family Drama,” Arthuriana 22.3 (2012): 41–56.
Amy S. Kaufman, “Muscular Medievalism,” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 31 (2016).
Julia Costa Lopez and Katharine M. Millar, “Conspiratorial Medievalism: History and Hyperagency in the Far-Right Knights Templar Security Imaginary,” Politics, 2021. (also in racism)
Lauren Mancia, “What Would Benedict Do?” in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 116-126.
M. J. Toswell, “The Dangers of the Search for Authenticity? The Ethics of Hallowe’en” Studies in Medievalism XXIII (2014): 1-9.
Daniel Wollenberg, “The New Knighthood: Terrorism and the Medieval,” postmedieval 5.1 (2014): 21–33.
Daniel Wollenberg, Medieval Imagery in Today’s Politics, Arc Humanities Press, 2019.