Welcome to my website. I am a historian of religion interested in medieval Christianity and in theory in the study of religions. My special focus is heresy, authority and repression in medieval Europe, Catharism, inquisitional records from Italy and Languedoc (ca 1270-1330), and religious rationalities as a factor of cultural change in European history. My research is very much shaped by historical anthropology.
I earned a Ph.D. in the study of religions from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic in 2008. Since then, I have taught at this university’s Department for the Study of Religions. I am currently general secretary of the Czech Association for the Study of Religions and executive editor of Religio: Revue pro religionistiku, an international journal for the study of religions published by this association.
What you will find on this website
This website presents some of my work, mostly in the study of religions, the medieval history of Europe, and historical anthropology. You can go through my curriculum vitae and publications, download some of my articles, learn more about my research, check my blog, or use my bibliographies (a bibliography of Medieval Europe, a bibliography of Christian heresy and the Inquisition, a bibliography of history of Christianity, and a catalogue of sources on Cathars and Bogomils). Let me also invite you to my Czech website focusing on areas of my work different to my research in the study of religions; there, you can find electronic dictionaries, essays related to different topics in the study of religions, artwork, photos and more.
Dr. David Zbíral
Department for the Study of Religions
Arna Nováka 1
602 00 Brno
E-mail: see the Information System of Masaryk University