Luigi Berto

Luigi Berto

Luigi Andrea Berto

BertoDr. Berto is on sabbatical during the academic year 2013-2014.

Dr. Luigi Andrea Berto
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Venice (2001)
Medieval History, Early Middle Ages, Italy and the Mediterranean

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334

Office: (269) 387-4580

4432 Friedmann Hall

Teaching and Research

The foundations for the range of my teaching lie in my research profile. My interests focus on the perception of war and violence, settlement of disputes, relations between Christians and Muslims, use of the past as well as writing history in the Middle Ages. I also have a developing interest in the image of the Middle Ages in Film and Fiction.


“Segarizzi-Lazzarini 1999 (Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Venezie)” prize for the Best Book on the History of Venice. Awarded to my manuscript on the social and political vocabulary of John the Deacon`s ‘Istoria’.

Selected Publications (Detailed List)


The Political and Social Vocabulary of John’s the Deacon’s ‘Istoria Veneticorum’, Cursor Mundi 12, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California at Los Angeles (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013). English translation of a revised version of Il vocabolario politico e sociale della “Istoria Veneticorum” di Giovanni Diacono, Book Series of the University of Venice (Padua: Il Poligrafo editore, 2001).

Cronicae Sancti Benedicti Casinensis, edition and translation into Italian, International Society for the Study of Medieval Latin (Florence: Il Galluzzo, 2006).

Testi storici e poetici dell’Italia carolingia, edition and translation into Italian (Padua: Cleup, 2002).

Giovanni Diacono, Istoria Veneticorum, edition and translation into Italian, Istituto storico italiano per il Medioevo (Bologna: Zanichelli, 1999).

Testi storici veneziani (XI-XIII secolo), edition and translation into Italian (Padua: Cleup, 1999).

Articles and Chapters

‘Erchempert, a Reluctant Fustigator of His People: History and Ethnic Pride in Southern Italy at the End of the Ninth Century’, Mediterranean Studies, 20, 2 (2012), pp. 147-175.

Linguaggio, contenuto, autori e destinatari nella Langobardia meridionale. Il caso della cosiddetta dedica della Historia Langobardorum Beneventanorum di Erchemperto’, Viator. Medieval and Renaissance Studies,  Multilingual, 43 (2012), pp. 1-14.

‘L’immagine delle élites longobarde nella “Historia Langobardorum Beneventanorum” di Erchemperto’ Archivio Storico Italiano, CLXX, 2 (2012), pp. 195-233.

‘Remembering Old and New Rulers: Lombards and Carolingians in Carolingian Italian Memory’, Medieval History Journal, 13, 1 (2010), pp. 23-53.

‘“Utilius est veritatem proferre”. A Difficult Memory to Manage: Narrating the Relationships between Bishops and Dukes in Early Medieval Naples’, Viator. Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol. 39, 2 (2008), pp. 49-63.

‘Oblivion, Memory and Irony in Medieval Montecassino. Narrative Strategies of the ‘Chronicles of St. Benedict of Cassino’’, Viator. Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol. 38, 1 (2007), pp. 45-61.

‘La guerra e la violenza nella “Istoria Veneticorum” di Giovanni Diacono`, Studi Veneziani, n. s., XLII (2001), pp. 15-41.

‘I musulmani nelle cronache altomedievali dell’Italia meridionale (secoli IX-X)’, in M. Meschini, ed., Mediterraneo medievale: cristiani, musulmani ed eretici tra Europa ed Oltremare (IX-XIII secolo) (Milan: Vita e Pensiero, 2001), pp. 3-27.


Department of History
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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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