Stephen Boutwell

Stephen Boutwell


  • European History



  • MA, The University of Alabama, 2021
  • BA, Samford University, 2018

Research Interests

  • Medieval History
  • Near-Eastern History
  • Byzantine History
  • Classical Studies
  • Egyptology

Current Projects

  • Researching the reception of classical culture in the medieval period, especially in Egypt.
  • Researching different perceptions of medieval holy war in the Near East, Byzantium, and Western Europe.
  • Researching perceptions of Shia Islam in William of Tyre’s History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea.

Recent Publications & Presentations

  • “Freedom and Vengeance: How Late Period Egypt and the Late Classical Greek City-States Contributed to the Decline and Fall of the Persian Empire,” a work published in Samford University’s 2016-2017 SURJ academic journal and presented at the 2016 SoCon conference at Wofford College.
  • ‘William of Tyre, the Lyon Heracles, and the Question of Byzantium’s Place in Christendom,” a work presented at the 2018 Phi Alpha Theta conference at the University of Montevallo.