Prof. Jesse Billett

Associate Professor, Faculty of Divinity; Divinity Teaching Staff; 2022 Fall Course 1 - TXJ2401H; 2022 - 2023 Winter Course - TRP3120H/6120H
Fellow of the College

AB (Music), Harvard University, 2001

MPhil (Medieval History), University of Cambridge, 2003

PhD (History), University of Cambridge, 2009

Teaching Area:
History of Christian Worship, Medieval and Reformation Church History, The Book of Common Prayer, Medieval Culture

Courses taught:
TRH 2010H History of Christianity 2 (843-1648)
TRP 5105H Advanced Topics in Medieval Liturgy
TRP 3120/6120H The Book of Common Prayer
TBB199H1F The Age of Love: An Invitation to Medieval Culture

Research Interests:
The history of the medieval Latin liturgy and liturgical chant, especially the daily hours of prayer (the Divine Office) in the early middle ages. Medieval monasticism and clerical culture. The Book of Common Prayer in Anglican history and spirituality.

The Divine Office in Anglo-Saxon England, 597-c.1000, Henry Bradshaw Society Subsidia 7 (London: Boydell, forthcoming 2014)

“Sermones ad diem pertinentes: Sermons and homilies in the liturgy of the Divine Office,” in Maximilian Diesenberger, Yitzhak Hen, and Marianne Pollheimer (eds.), “Sermo doctorum”: Compilers, Preachers, and their Audiences in the Early Medieval West, Sermo: Studies on Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation Sermons and Preaching 9 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), pp. 339-73

“Wilfrid and music,” in N. J. Higham (ed.), Wilfrid: Abbot, Bishop, Saint; Papers from the 1300th Anniversary Conferences (Donington: Tyas, 2013), pp. 163-85

“The liturgy of the ‘Roman’ Office in England from the Conversion to the Conquest,” in Claudia Bolgia, Rosamond McKitterick, and John Osborne (eds.), Rome Across Time and Space: Cultural Transmission and the Exchange of Ideas c. 500-1400 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 84-110

“The Divine Office and the secular clergy in later Anglo-Saxon England,” in David Rollason, Conrad Leyser, and Hannah Williams (eds.), England and the Continent in the Tenth Century: Studies in Honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947), Studies in the Early Middle Ages 37 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), pp. 429-71

Awards, Affiliations, Personal Interests, etc.:
Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, Anglican choral music

Jesse Billett