Constant’s research interests have centred on the evolution of medieval philosophy, theology and religious thought, within its cultural, political and social context. In particular, he's focused on the thought and writings of both Peter Abelard and Heloise, and of their contemporaries in the late 11th and 12th centuries, having edited Abelard’s Theologia and become a recognised authority on his life and thought. In the 1990s, he extended his interests beyond the schools to the visionary writings of Hildegard of Bingen, and the broader issue of intellectual activity outside a formal academic context. This led him to work on the impact of gender of religious thought and culture, editing a volume Listen Daughter about the Speculum virginum and the formation of religious women (2001), as well as into questions of eco-theology. Other team projects in which he's involved include annotated editions and translations of medieval music theory medieval writings on ethics addressed to women, medieval encyclopaedias (involving collaboration with specialists in IT) and on Franciscan intellectual and religious culture, resulting in a range of journal articles and co-edited and co-authored publications.Read more about Constant Mews's research
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Beyond a rebuild
More than an architectural marvel, it remains to be seen if the damaged Notre-Dame will be caught up in the divisions of French society, or play a role as a symbol of unity.