Revd Dr Zachary Guiliano

Career Development and Research Fellow in Early Medieval History

Zack is a Career Development Research Fellow in Early Medieval History, and the College Chaplain.

He is a tutorial affiliate of the Faculty of History and associate member of the Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies.

Zack is available as a pastoral advisor to students and staff, and in termtime his dedicated office hours in College are every Wednesday between 1:30pm-3:30pm. He is around throughout the week, especially around service times, and happy to meet any member of College on any matter of concern.

Zack works primarily on collections of sermons and biblical commentaries from Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, in particular their place within the intellectual, spiritual, and economic cultures of the eighth through tenth centuries. His historical research has focused strongly on the central place of religious practice in the cultures of the Latin West, and the reception history of biblical texts.

His first monograph, The Homiliary of Paul the Deacon, considered a unique collection of sermons commissioned by Charlemagne, along with 88 of its earliest extant manuscripts, used in cathedrals and monasteries across the Carolingian Empire. The homiliary was a striking example of royal piety and the patronage of scholarship in the eighth and ninth centuries, with a considerable impact on later religious practice and theological writing.

His present research project concerns power and poverty in the Middle Ages, considering how the Gospel of Luke and the thought of its most important medieval interpreter, Bede, affected practices of charity, work, and ownership. He is at work on a book tentatively titled, Bede’s economy: The commentaryOn Luke’ and its readers in the ‘Temple Society’ of the West. He has also been invited to write a popular level book on the Church’s legacy of ‘mastery’ and its historic possession of lands and people.

Zack is originally from Peoria, Illinois, but has lived in the United Kingdom since 2012.

In Cambridge, he served as assistant curate at St Bene’t’s Church and assistant chaplain at Jesus College. Before that, he worked as an editor and writer while he finished his PhD as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and his training as a priest in the Church of England. In his spare time, he sings regularly in church choirs and plays the trumpet, and enjoys cooking and hospitality.

At the University level, he helps convene the Student Ministry Forum, an interfaith gathering of chaplains, and he is active in the Diocese of Oxford as a member of Diocesan Synod and as a frequent guest preacher in parishes, schools, and chaplaincies.

He is an external consultant for the ERC funded project Patristic Sermons in the Middle Ages, based at Radboud University, Nijmegen, and he serves on the advisory board of Convivium, an initiative focused on connecting local communities with their heritage, the environment, and faith.

Melissa, his wife, is an artist and soprano who trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She is in training as a Feldenkrais practitioner.