UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Chris Jones

School of Humanities and Creative Arts; History

Fields of Research

  • Medieval History
  • Political Theory
  • History of the Book

Researcher Summary

Chris is a medieval historian whose research explores the history of political thought and concepts of identity, with a particular focus upon France in the 13th and 14th centuries. He is also interested in the history of the book, and particularly in what book collecting can tell us about the development of colonial and post-colonial societies. He is an editorial adviser for the on-line 'International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages', for which he has written several entries, and is a member of the editorial board of the leading American journal of medieval and Renaissance studies, 'Viator'.

In 2015 Chris edited the first collection of essays to be published on the Dominican scholar John of Paris (Jean Quidort) for the Brepols series Disputatio. In 2011 he edited the 'Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library' with Bronwyn Matthews, a project to which he also contributed a number of articles. 2007 saw the publication of his first monograph, a study of French perceptions of the medieval Empire and concepts of political organisation in the 13th and early 14th centuries ('Eclipse of Empire?').  He has published multiple articles concerned with late medieval political theory and chronicles.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Affiliations

Prizes and Awards

  • Awarded the Synan Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto) for 2005-2006. (2005-2006)
  • Award of 2 grants by UC towards research into tertiary teaching. (2011-2012)
  • Recipient of 3 UC College of Arts Research Grants (2007-2010)

Research Service

  • Burstow King James Bible Project (2011-present)

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books
  • Jones, C. (2007) Eclipse of Empire?: Perceptions of the Western Empire and Its Rulers in Late-Medieval France. Turnhout: Brepols. xvii, 415pp.
Edited Volumes
  • Jones, C.N. (Ed.) (2015) John of Paris: Beyond Royal and Papal Power. Turnhout: Brepols. xiii+421pp.
  • Jones, C. (Ed.) (2015) Parergon 32(2). Special Issue: A Road Less Travelled: The Medieval and Early Modern World Reflected in New Zealand Collections. Perth: ANZAMEMS. xiv+413.
  • Jones, C., Matthews, B. and Clement, J. (Ed.) (2011) Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. 256pp.
Journal Articles
  • Jones, C. (2016) Geoffroi of Courlon and Political Perceptions in Late Medieval France. Viator 47(1): 153-189.
  • Jones, C. (2015) A Warning to the Curious: Medieval and Early Modern Collections in Aotearoa New Zealand. Parergon 32(2): 1-16.
  • Jones, C. (2015) Perspectives from the Periphery: French Kings and their Chroniclers. The Medieval Chronicle 10: 69-93.
  • Jones, C. (2003) "...mais tot por le servise Deu" Phillippe III le Hardi, Charles d'Anjou and the 1273/74 Imperial Candidature. Viator 34: 208-228.
  • Jones, C. (2003) 'Rex Francie in regno suo princeps est': The Perspective of Pierre Dubois. Comitatus 34: 49-87.
Chapters in Books
  • Jones, C.N. (2015) Historical Understanding and the Nature of Temporal Power in the Thought of John of Paris. In C.N. Jones (Ed.), John of Paris: Beyond Royal and Papal Power: 77-118. Turnhout: Brepols. http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.DISPUT-EB.5.105238.
  • Jones, C., Montelle, C., Pratt, A., Pickles, K., Rack, U., Holdaway, R.N., Pelser, P.B. and Sykes, W.R. (2011) Exploration & Discovery. In C. Jones, B. Matthews and J. Clement (Ed.), Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library: 32pp. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
  • Jones, C., Milne, A., Pritchard, G., Carrell, P. and Clement, J. (2011) Faith & Belief. In C. Jones, B. Matthews and J. Clement (Ed.), Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library: 19pp. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
  • Jones, C. (2011) Giles of Rome, Political Thought. In H. Lagerlund (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy Between 500 and 1500, Vol. 1: 417-423. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Jones, C., Field, P.S., Proudfoot, D., Tau, T.M., Copeland, J. and Markoska-Cubrinovska, A. (2011) Ideas & Connections. In C. Jones, B. Matthews and J. Clement (Ed.), Treasures of the University Canterbury Library: 21pp. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
  • Matthews, B., Jones, C. and Clement, J. (2011) Introduction. In C. Jones, B. Matthews and J. Clement (Ed.), Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library: 21pp. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
  • Jones, C., Morrison, G., Tau, T.M., Hawes, J., Clement, J., Boister, N. and Buckingham, J. (2011) Remembering the Past. In C. Jones, B. Matthews and J. Clement (Ed.), Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library: 28pp. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
  • Clement, J., Matthews, B., Pritchard, B., Palmer, J., Round, D., Jones, C., Armstrong, P. and Mason, E. (2011) The British World. In C. Jones, B. Matthews and J. Clement (Ed.), Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library: 22pp. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
  • Jones, C. (2009) Paris: Pinnacle of Gothic Architecture. In J.J. Norwich (Ed.), The Great Cities in History: 6pp. London: Thames and Hudson.
  • Jones, C. (2006) The Role of Frederick II in the Works of Guillaume de Nangis. In B. Weiler and S. Maclean (Ed.), Representations of Power in Medieval Germany, 800-1500: 273-294. Turnhout: Brepols. http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.IMR-EB.3.3443.
Conference - Other - Full conference papers
  • Jones, C. (2016) Crossing cultural boundaries or the embodiment of colonialism? Teaching the Middle Ages in New Zealand. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK: International Medieval Congress 2016, 4-7 Jul 2016.
  • Jones, C. (2016) Mana & Magna Carta: The New Zealand Experience of a Medieval Legacy. University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia: Medieval Legacies of Human Rights in Australasia, Europe, and Muslim Societies, 20 Jun 2016.
  • Jones, C. (2012) Perspectives from the periphery: French kings and their chroniclers. University of Oxford, UK: 3rd Biennial Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS), 5-7 Jul 2012.
  • Pedley, K. and Jones, C. (2011) Developing an Effective Peer Review Process for Teaching. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ 2011), 23-25 Nov 2011.
  • Jones, C. (2008) Chronicles and the Construction of Identity in Capetian France. New Brunswick, NJ, USA: 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, 3-5 Apr 2008.
Conference - Other - Oral presentations
  • Jones, C. (2015) Imperial Ambitions? Empire in Later Capetian Thought. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: 10th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, 14-18 Jul 2015.
  • Jones, C. (2015) Imperial Ambitions? Empire in Later Capetian Thought. University of Nevada, NV, USA: 49th Annual Conference of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, 9-11 Apr 2015.
  • Jones, C. (2015) No Man Can Serve Two Masters: John of Paris and the Problem of Royal Authority. University of Münster, Germany: Conflict Groups and Disputatio: Intra- and Extra-academic Lines of Conflict around the Parisian University, c. 1300, 10-11 Dec 2015.
  • Jones, C. (2015) What can the Magna Carta tell us about a bicultural society? University of Auckland, New Zealand: Lecture Series on Magna Carta (Visions for the Future), 6-10 Jul 2015.
  • Jones, C. (2014) Chronicling the Peace: The English in French Thought after the 1259 Treaty of Paris. Liverpool, UK: Seventh International Medieval Chronicle Conference, 7-10 Jul 2014.
  • Jones, C. (2014) Connecting the Urban Environment with Political Ideas in Late Capetian France. Auckland, New Zealand: Urban Culture and Ideologies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: c.1100-1600, 30-31 Jan 2014.
  • Jones, C. (2014) Imperial Ambitions? Empire in Later Capetian Thought. Leeds, UK: Leeds International Medieval Congress, 7-10 Jul 2014.
  • Jones, C. (2014) King and Emperor? Perceptions of Charlemagne in later Capetian France. Paris, France: Charlemagne après Charlemagne. 11e Symposium Annuel de la Société Internationale des Médiévistes - Paris, 26-28 Jun 2014.
  • Jones, C. (2011) Marsilius of Padua and his Parisian Context. Scottsdale, AZ, USA: 86th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, incorporating the Medieval Association of the Pacific, 14-16 Apr 2011.
  • Jones, C. (2011) Marsilius of Padua and his Parisian Context. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval & Early Modern Studies Biennial Conference, 2011, 2-5 Feb 2011.
  • Jones, C. (2010) Geoffroi de Courlon: A View from the Periphery. University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, USA: Medieval Association of the Pacific 2010 Conference, 5-6 Mar 2010.
  • Jones, C. (2010) John of Paris, Vincent de Beauvais and a Dominican Understanding of History. Leeds, University of Leeds, UK: International Medieval Congress 2010, 12-15 Jul 2010.
  • Jones. C. (2007) Friend, Foe, or simply Forgotten? The English in Late-Thirteenth Century French Thought. Los Angeles, UCLA, LA, USA: Medieval Association of the Pacific 2007 Conference, 2-3 March 2007.
Oral Presentations
  • Jones, C. (2016) Genealogical Rolls: New Approaches & Opportunities. University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany: Genealogical Rolls Workshop, 11 Jul 2016.
  • Jones, C. (2016) Imperial Ambitions? Empire in Later Capetian Thought. chez Danielle Johnson, Paris: International Medieval Society, Paris, "apéritif", 7 January 2016.
  • Jones, C. (2016) The UC Magna Carta. University of Canterbury, Christchurch: University of Canterbury- Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Workshop on Democratic Ideas and Institutions in Settler Societies, 22 January 2016.
  • Jones, C. (2015) Connecting the Urban Environment with Political Ideas in Late Capetian France. University of Heidelberg, Germany: Departmental Seminar, 16 Jan 2015.
  • Jones, C. (2015) Continuity & Discontinuity in the Fifteenth Century: The Canterbury Roll and the Visualisation of English Identity. University of Heidelberg, Germany: 'Material-Text-Cultures' Collaborative Research Centre Fellowship Lecture, 15 Jan 2015.
  • Jones, C. (2015) Issues of Continuity & Discontinuity in the Fifteenth Century: The Canterbury Roll and the Visualisation of English Identity. Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany: Departmental Seminar, 8 Jan 2015.
  • Jones, C. (2015) Issues of Continuity & Discontinuity in the Fifteenth Century: The Canterbury Roll and the Visualisation of English Identity. University of Münster, Germany: Departmental Seminar, 7 Jan 2015.
  • Jones, C. (2014) Political ideas and medieval texts: methodologies and resources. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia: ANZAMEMS Postgraduate Advanced Training Session, 25 Oct 2014.
  • Jones, C. (2012) On the Benefits of being Ill-Informed: A Seminar on Perceptions from the Periphery. University of Lincoln, UK: Postgraduate Masterclass, 29 Jun 2012.
  • Jones, C. (2011) Understanding Political Conceptions in the Later Middle Ages: The French Imperial Candidatures & the Idea of the Nation-State. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand: History Staff Seminar, 30 Sep 2011.
  • Jones, C. (2011) Understanding Political Conceptions in the Later Middle Ages: The French Imperial Candidatures & the Idea of the Nation-State. Department of History, University of Auckland, New Zealand: Department of History and MEDEMS Seminar, 8 Aug 2011.
  • Jones, C. (2010) Medieval Paris. Grey College, University of Durham, UK: Senior Common Room Seminar, Jan 2010.
  • Jones, C. (2010) Medieval Paris: Pinnacle of Gothic Architecture. History Programme, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Canterbury Historical Association, 16 Mar 2010.
  • Jones, C. (2009) Perceptions of the Western Empire and Its Rulers in Late Medieval France. University of Durham, Durham, England: Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Lecture Series, 4 Dec 2009.
  • Jones, C. (2009) Perceptions of the Western Empire and Its Rulers in Late Medieval France. Institute of Historical Research, London, England: European History, 1150-1550 Research Seminar, 19 Nov 2009.
  • Jones, C. (2009) The Role of Conceptions of History in Shaping Political Ideas: The Case of the early-fourteenth-century Dominican John of Paris. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England: Cambridge Seminars in Political Thought and Intellectual History, 26 Nov 2009.
  • Jones, C. (2008) Eclipse of Empire? Perceptions of the Western Empire and Its Rulers in Late Medieval France. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA: Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Roundtable, 9 Apr 2008.
  • Jones, C. (2005) Political organisation from a fourteenth-century perspective: Christendom through French eyes. Merton College, University of Oxford, UK: Europe in the Later Middle Ages Seminar, Feb 2005.
Conference - Other - Other
  • Jones, C. (2004) French Attitudes and English Acceptance of the Loss of Normandy in the Reign of Henry III. Université Paris IV, Sorbonne, France: Le royaume d’Angleterre au 13e siècle: les effets linguistiques et littéraires de la perte du duché de Normandie, Mar 2004.
  • Jones, C. (2004) French Perceptions of the Apocalypse between 1250 and the Outbreak of the Hundred Years War. University College London, London, UK: Multidisciplinary Conference on the History of Religion, Apr 2004.
  • Jones, C. (2004) Guillaume de Nangis and the Emperor Frederick II. University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales: Representations of Power in Medieval Germany, Jul 2003.
  • Jones, C. (2003) Saint and Sinner? Louis IX and Frederick II at the hands of the French Spin Doctors. Leeds, UK: Leeds International Medieval Congress, Jul 2003.
Creative Works
  • Jones, C. and Parker, T. (2015) The Mana of the Magna Carta: The New Zealand Experience of a Medieval Legacy. Lead Curator. As part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of Magna Carta this exhibition explored the effect a medieval English charter has had on the formation of Aotearoa New Zealand society, its continued role today, and its potential future relevance. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. 1-6 Dec 2015. [Display of Historical Objects with Caption Boards].
  • Jones, C. and Murray, S. (2014) Family Ties. University of Canterbury Library, Christchurch, New Zealand. 12 Sep-31 Oct 2014. [Curators].
  • Jones, C. and Murray, S. (2012) Canterbury Tales. Central Library, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. 10 Sep-2 Nov 2012. [Physical Exhibition of Rare Books & Objects].
  • Jones, C.N. and Matthews, B. (curators). (2011) 'Through a glass, darkly': Canterbury's King James Bible - 400 Years of Mystery, Power & Imagination. University of Canterbury Central Library, Christchurch, New Zealand. 1 Oct-10 Nov 2011. [Static Display incorporating e-learning].
Conference - Published
  • Jones, C. (2015) Magna Carta - 800 Years and Beyond. Christchurch, New Zealand: The Jim Gardner Memorial Lecture 2015, 26 Jul 2015. In The Jim Gardner Memorial Lecture Annual Publication: 5-22.
Other
  • Jones, C. (2016) Book Review: Alicia Marchant, The Revolt of Owain Glyndŵr in Medieval English Chronicles (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2014). Parergon 33(1): 228-229. Print and Online.
  • Jones, C., Bak, J.M. and Jurković, I. (2013) Central Middle Ages (c. 900 - c. 1300 A.D.) - France (incl. Flanders). In In J.M. Bak and I. Jurković (Ed), Chronicon. Medieval Narrative Sources. A chronological guide with introductory essays: 294-306. Turnhout: Brepols. Reference Guide.
  • Jones, C. (2013) Ideas of Power in the Late Middle Ages, 1296-1417. Joseph Canning. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011, ISBN: 9781107011410; 232pp. In Ideas of Power in the Late Middle Ages, 1296-1417 IHR Reviews in History http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1405. Book Review.
  • Jones, C., Bak, J.M. and Jurković, I. (2013) Late Middle Ages (c. 1300 - c. 1500 A.D.) - France (incl. Normandy, Flanders). In In J.M. Bak and I. Jurković (Ed), Chronicon. Medieval Narrative Sources. A chronological guide with introductory essays: 412-420. Turnhout: Brepols. Reference Guide.
  • Jones, C. (2012) Chronique anonyme finissant en 1356. In Encyclopaedia of the Medieval Chronicle Leiden: Brill. Online Encyclopaedia Entry.
  • Jones, C. (2012) Chronique dite de St. Magloire. In Encyclopaedia of the Medieval Chronicle Leiden: Brill. Online Encyclopaedia Entry.
  • Jones, C. (2012) Chronique normande du XIVe siècle. In Encyclopaedia of the Medieval Chronicle Leiden: Brill. Online Encyclopaedia Entry.
  • Jones, C. and Matthews, B. (2011) Canterbury's King James Bible. Christchurch: University of Canterbury. www.canterbury.ac.nz/kjb. Website.
  • Jones, C. (2011) Graham A. Loud (trans.), The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa: The History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick and Related Texts. Crusade Texts in Translation 19. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010. Parergon 28(1): 239-240. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/pgn.2011.0009. Book Review.
  • Jones, C. (2011) Jean Dunbabin, The French in the Kingdom of Sicily, 1266-1305. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011; xviii + 312pp. Parergon 28(2): 192-194. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/pgn.2011.0103. Book Review.
  • Jones, C. (2011) Richard Bressler, Frederick II: The Wonder of the World. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, LLC, 2010. The Medieval Review 2011(10): Online. http://hdl.handle.net/2022/13827. Book Review.
  • Jones, C. (2010) Chronique anonyme finissant en 1356. In Encyclopaedia of the Medieval Chronicle: 295. Leiden: Brill. Encyclopaedia Entry.
  • Jones, C. (2010) Chronique dite de St. Magloire. In Encyclopaedia of the Medieval Chronicle: 417-418. Leiden: Brill. Encyclopaedia Entry.
  • Jones, C. (2010) Chronique normande du XIV. In Encyclopaedia of the Medieval Chronicle: 379-380. Leiden: Brill. Encyclopaedia Entry.
  • Jones, C. (2010) Fragment de l'histoire de Philippe-Auguste roy de France. In Encyclopaedia of the Medieval Chronicle: 630. Leiden: Brill. Encyclopaedia Entry.
  • Jones, C. (2009) Albigensian Crusade: A War with Unintended Consequences. In World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio. Electronic Database Article.
  • Jones, C. (2009) Laurence W. Marvin, The Occitan War: A Military and Political History of the Albigensian Crusade, 1209-1218. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008; xxvi, 328pp. The Medieval Review 2009(03): Online. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.baj9928.0903.020. Book Review.
  • Jones, C. (2009) The Role of Conceptions of History in Shaping Political Ideas: The Case of the early-fourteenth-century Dominican John of Paris. In Cambridge Seminars in Political Thought and Intellectual History, Cambridge Centre for Political Thought held at King's College, University of Cambridge, UK: 23 Nov 2009. Seminar Paper and presentation.
  • Jones, C. (2008) Geoffroi de Collon, Benedictine chronicler, d. before 1295. In International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online. A Supplement to LexMA-Online Turnhout: Brepols. Web-based encyclopedia entry.
  • Jones, C. (2008) Herwig Wolfram (Denise A. Kaiser, trans.), Conrad II, 990-1039: Emperor of Three Kingdoms. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2006. Parergon 25(2): 190-192. Book Review.
  • Jones, C. (2008) Ora Limor and Guy G. Stroumsa (Eds), Christians and Christianity in the Holy Land: From the Origins to the Latin Kingdoms. Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages 5. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006. Parergon 25(2): 172-173. Book Review.
  • Jones, C. (2008) Paris (Paris, France), treaty (1259). In International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online. A Supplement to LexMA-Online Turnhout: Brepols. Web-based encyclopedia entry.
  • Jones, C. (2007) Elaine Graham-Leigh, The Southern French Nobility and the Albigensian Crusade. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2005. The Medieval Review 2007(12): Online. http://hdl.handle.net/2022/6242. Book Review.
  • Jones, C. (2006) Amiens, Mise of (23 January 1264). In International Medieval Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online. A Supplement to LexMA-Online Turnhout: Brepols. Web-based encyclopedia entry.
  • Jones, C. (2005) Giles of Rome's On Ecclesiastical Power, ed. R. W. Dyson (Columbia, 2004). Comitatus 36: 234-238. Book Review.
  • Jones, C. (2005) The Experience of Crusading, I: Western Approaches, ed. by Marcus Bull and Norman Housley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) for Comitatus 36 (2005). Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 36: 222-226. Book Review.
Theses - Licence in Mediaeval Studies
  • Jones, C. (2010) The Role of Conceptions of History in Shaping Political Ideas: The Case of the early fourteenth-century Dominican John of Paris. LMS, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada.
Theses - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Jones, C.N. (2003) The Eclipse of Empire? Perceptions of the Western Empire and its Rulers in Thirteenth- and Early Fourteenth-Century France. PhD, Durham University, Durham, UK.
Theses - Master of Arts
  • Jones, C. (1999) 'A Game of Strange Alliances?' The Context and Purpose of Marsilius of Padua's Defensor pacis. MA, University of Durham, United Kingdom.