Andrew Latham

About me

Andrew Latham was born in England, raised in Canada and currently lives in the United States. He graduated from York University in Toronto with a BA (Honours) in Political Science and later earned an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston and a PhD from his alma mater, York.

Since 1997 Andrew has been a member of the Political Science Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he where he lives with his wife Wendy, daughter Bernadette and son Michael. Andrew regularly teaches courses in Medieval Political Thought, International Security and Regional Conflict. His most recent publications include a non-fiction book entitled Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades. Andrew’s first novel, The Holy Lance, was published by Knox Robinson in March 2015. You can buy it here

From my website

The Third Crusade: Could King Richard Have Taken Jerusalem?

My Novel of the Third Crusade, The Holy Lance,  is now available in paperback at my last post, I discussed the strategic rationale behind King Richard’s decision to abandon the drive on Jerusalem in January 1192.  The conventional explanation, I argued, was that a combination of tactical/operational factors converged…

Boniface VIII vs Philip IV: Episode 2

From the author of The HolyLance, a novel about the Templar knights during the Third Crusade, a post about the conflict between pope Boniface VIII and king Philip IV (who in 1307 had the Templars arrested and tried).In 1301, tensions between Philip and Boniface flared up again with the arrest…

Pope Boniface VIII vs Philip IV: Episode I

Author of the best-selling medieval-themed novelThe Holy Lance, available at the late 13th century, the French king, Philip IV, began taxing members of the French clergy in order to help finance his war against England.  While formally prohibited by a decree of the Fourth Lateran Council, the papacy had long…

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