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Keagan Brewer

Dr Keagan Brewer successfully completed his PhD with the ARC Centre for the History of the Emotions in 2016, graduating in 2017. His work centres on the emotion of wonder in the central Middle Ages and how it intersects with scepticism. He has also written on medieval legends such as the legend of Prester John. His scholarly interests include intercultural encounter and the global Middle Ages, medieval understandings of distant lands, the history and philosophy of medieval science, medieval orality and travel narratives. Brewer is currently working at the research office of the University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney. 



Wonder and Scepticism in the Long Twelfth Century


Brewer, K. Wonder and Skepticism in the Middle Ages. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

Brewer, K. (compiler and translator). Prester John: The Legend and its Sources. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2015.


Symposium Paper:  ‘Fear and Wonder as Tools for Belief Control, and the Possibility of Atheism in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Western Europe’, ‘Religion and Emotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, c.1100–1800’ symposium, The University of Adelaide, 23 November 2018.