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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

David Peterson

Professor of History, Head of the Department of History, Acting Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

Newcomb Hall 203
(540) 458-8094

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. 1985 Cornell University
  • M.A. 1977 Cornell University
  • M.Litt. 1975 Edinburgh University
  • B.A. 1973 College of William and Mary


Current Research: Professor Peterson is writing a book on Power and the Sacred: Religion, Politics and the Church in Renaissance Florence, 1375-1460. It explores religion's influence on Florentine politics and social life, and politics' impact on the Florentine church when Florence was shaping the culture of early Renaissance Italy.


European Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation history; European Medieval and Renaissance church history and political thought; Dante, and Machiavelli