The War on Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe (London, Profile; 2012; Cambridge, MA, Harvard U. P., 2012; paperback edn. with additions, London, Profile, 2014.

also as La guerra contra la herejia Fey y poder en la Europa medieval (Barcelona, Critica, 2014); Hérétiques, trans. Julien Théry, Paris, Belin, 2017.


The First European Revolution, c. 970-1215, in the series The Making of Europe, ed. Jacques Le Goff, (Oxford and New York, Blackwell, 2000), pp. xiii + 237.

also as Die erste europäische Revolution (Munich, Beck, 2001); La première révolution européenne  (Paris, Seuil, 2001); La prima rivoluzione europea (Bari, Laterza, 2001); La primera revolucion europea 970 – 1215 (Barcelona, Critica, 2003)

The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Power and Deviance in Western Europe, 950-1250 (Oxford & New York, Blackwell, 1987), pp. viii + 168; paperback edn. 1990.

also as Ketters, heksen en andere zondebokken: Vervolging als middel tot macht 950-1250 (Antwerp 1988); in Spanish as La formacion de una sociedad represora: Poder y disidenca en la Europa occidental, 950-1250 (Barcelona, 1989); in French as La persecution: Sa formation en Europe, X – XIIIe. siecles (Paris, 1991).

Second edition, The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Authority and Deviance in Western Europe, 950-1250 (Oxford and New York, 2007), pp. xii + 222.

The Origins of European Dissent (London, Allen Lane, 1977; 2 ed., Oxford, Blackwell, 1985; University of Toronto Press for Medieval Academy of America Reprints for Teaching, 1994), pp. xiv + 322.

The Birth of Popular Heresy, Documents of Medieval History I (London, Edward Arnold, 1975; University of Toronto Press for Medieval Academy of America Reprints for Teaching, 1995), pp. viii + 166


as editor:

The Hamlyn Historical Atlas (London, Hamlyn Books, 1981), pp. 176  (Editor and part-author); new edition, 1992, as The Philip’s Atlas of World History, revised and reprinted 1995. 

also published, with variations, as: The Rand McNally Historical Atlas of the World (Chicago, 1982; revised edns. Chicago, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1995; Atlas Historique Nathan (Paris, 1982); Historia Universal: Atlas Historica (Barcelona, 1982); Forums Historiske Atlas (Stockholm, 1983); Newnes Historical Atlas (London, 1983); Historia Universal: Atlas Historico (Lisbon, 1984); and in Japanese by Shoseki, Tokyo (1982).

H. Mayr-Harting and R. I. Moore (eds.) Studies in Medieval History presented to R. H. C. Davis (London, Hambledon Press, 1985).

R.H.C. Davis, A History of Medieval Europe from Constantine to St. Louis. 3. ed., (Harlow, Pearson 2006), including ‘R. H. C. Davis and the History of Medieval Europe’ (pp. xiv – xvi); ‘Postscript to Part One’ (pp. 214 – 22); ‘A note on Feudalism’ (pp. 343 – 7); ‘Postscript to Part Two’ (pp. 451 – 9).Third edition, Pearson 2005



To appear:

‘Célibat, mariage et  réforme: le problème dans le Midi’, Cahiers de Fanjeaux 52, L’Église et la chair (XIIe. – Xve.s.)

‘Treasures in Heaven: Defining the Eurasian Old Regime?’, Medieval Worlds special issue number on religious exemption, ed. Charles West

 New Worlds Emerging: History and Identity in Twelfth-Century Eurasia, Jón Viðar Sigurðsson and Sverrir Jakobsson eds., Sturla Þórðarson Skald, Chieftain and Lawman (Brill, 2017)



 ‘Principles at Stake: The debate of April 2013 in retrospect’ in Antonio Sennis (ed.), Cathars in Question (Woodbridge, York Medieval Press, 2016), 257 – 73

 ‘A Global Middle Ages?’ in James Belich, John Darwin, Margret Frenz and Chris Wickham eds, The Prospect of Global History (Oxford, OUP, 2016), 80 – 92

‘The Weight of Opinion’, in Kate Cooper and Conrad Leyser, eds., Making Early Medieval Societies: Conflict and Belonging in the Latin West, 400-1200 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016), 202 – 19

‘The First Great Divergence? The Similarities between the Chinese and Latin c. XI Crises’ in Walter Pohl and Andre Gingrich (Eds.) Approaches to Comparison in Medieval Studies, Medieval Worlds, 1.1 (2015), 16 – 24,

‘The Cathar Middle Ages as an Historiographical Problem’ in David C. Mengel and Lisa Wolverton, eds. Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen. (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015), 58 – 86

‘Medieval Christianity in a World Historical Perspective’ in John H. Arnold  (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity (Oxford, 2014).

‘Conflicts of identity, conflicts through identity: heresy, schism and mechanisms of control’ in Giancarlo Andenna, ed. Religiosità e civiltà: identità delle forme religiose (secoli X-XIV) : atti del convegno internazionale, Brescia, 9-11 settembre 2009 (Milan, Vita e Pensiero 2011)

‘Medieval Europe in World  History’ in Carol Lansing and Edward English, eds., Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Medieval History (Oxford, 2009), 563 – 80.‘Popular Heresy in Medieval Italy’ in Stephane Boisellier, Francois Clement and John Tolan, eds., Minorités et régulations sociales en Méditerranée médiévale, (Presse Universitaire de Rennes, Rennes 2010), 269 – 79.

‘Popular Heresy in Medieval Italy’ in Stephane Boisellier, Francois Clement and John Tolan, eds., Minorités et régulations sociales en Méditerranée médiévale, (Presse Universitaire de Rennes, Rennes 2010), 269 – 79.

‘Medieval Europe in World  History’ in Carol Lansing and Edward English, eds., Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Medieval History (Oxford, 2009), 563 – 80.

‘Heresy as Politics and the Politics of Heresy,’ in Ruth Mazo Karras, Joel Kaye and E. Ann Matter, Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe (Philadelphi, U. of Penn. P, 2008), pp. 17 – 46, 249 – 52.

‘The war against heresy in medieval Europe’, Historical Research 81 (2008), 189 – 210, reprinted in David Bates et al. eds, The Creighton Century (London, IHR 2009), 295 – 325

‘Anthony Fletcher’, in Helen Berry and Elizabeth Foyster, eds, The Family in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2007), xi – xv.

‘Heresy and State Formation in Twelfth-Century Europe’, papers of Hermoupolis-Syros international seminar on ‘The Political Dimensions of Religious Experience’, Historein, 6 (Athens, 2006), pp. 48 – 54

‘Afterthoughts on The Origins of European Dissent,’ in Michael Frassetto, ed., Heresy and Persecution in the Middle Age. Essays on the work of R. I. Moore (Leiden: 2006), 291-326.

‘Making Enemies: Latin Christendom in the Age of Reform’, Historein 6 (Athens, 2006), 48 – 54

‘Building the Ramparts: Heresy and Social Change in the Time of Peter the Venerable’, in Miquel Berceló and José Martinez Gázquez, Musulmanes y cristianos en Hispania durante las conquists  de los siglos xii y xiii (Barcelona, 2005), 51 – 61

‘The Transformation of Europe as a Eurasian Phenomenon’ in Johann P. Arnason and Björn eds, Eurasian Transformations, Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries (Leiden 2004), pp. 77 – 98.

‘Les albigeois d’après les chroniques angevines’ in La croisade albigeoise, Actes du colloque du Centre des Etudes Cathares, 4, 5 et 6 Octobre 2002 (Carcassonne, 2004), pp. 81 – 90

‘Feudalism and Revolution in the Making of Europe’, in M. Barcelo, G. Feliu, A. Furio, M. Miquel, J. Sobrequés eds, El feudalisme compatat i debatut. Formació I expansió del feudalisme català (Universitat de Valencia, 2003), pp. 19 – 34.

‘On Top of the World’ [J. M. Roberts] History Today 53.9 (September, 2003), 6 – 7

‘The Eleventh Century in Eurasian History: A Comparative Approach to the Convergence and Divergence of the Medieval Civilizations’, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 33.1 (2003), 1 – 21

‘Medieval Europe: Heresy and enthusiasm in “the millennial generation”’ in Abbas Amanat and Magnus Bernhardsson, eds. Imagining the End: Millennial Faith from Ancient Middle East to Contemporary America (I. B. Tauris, 2001), pp. 129 – 47

‘Ranulf Flambard and Christina of Markyate’, in Richard Gameson and Henrietta Leyser, eds., Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages. Studies presented to Henry Mayr-Harting (Oxford University Press 2001), 231 – 5, reprinted in Samuel Fanous and Henrietta Leyser eds., Christian of Markyate A twelfth-century holy woman (Routledge, 2005), 138 – 42. .

‘The Birth of Popular Heresy: a Phenomenon of the Millennium?’ Journal of Religious History 24. 1 (2000), 8-25

‘The Birth of Europe as a Eurasian Phenomenon’ in Victor Lieberman ed., Beyond Binary Histories, Re-imaging Eurasia to c. 1830 (Ann Arbor, 1999),139 – 57.

‘Postface’, in Monique Zerner, ed. Inventer l’hérésie?, Collection du Centre d’Etudes Médiévales 2 (Nice, 1998), pp. 263 – 9.

‘Property, Marriage and the Eleventh-Century Revolution’, in Michael Frassetto ed., Medieval Purity and Piety (New York, 1998), 179 – 208

‘Between Sanctity and Superstition: Saints and their Miracles in the Age of Revolution’ in Miri Rubin, ed., The Work of Jacques le Goff and the Challenges of Medieval History, (Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer 1997), 55 – 67.

‘World History’, in Michael Bentley, ed., Companion to Historiography (London, Routledge, 1997), 941 – 59

‘Peter von Bruis’, Theologische Realenzyklopädie (Berlin, New York 1996), Band XXVI, pp. 285 – 7.

‘Heresy, Repression and Social Change in the Age of Gregorian Reform’, in Medieval Christendom and its Discontents, ed. Scott J. Waugh (Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 19 – 46.

‘A la naissance d’une société persécutrice: les clercs, les Cathares et la formation de l’Europe’, in Le Catharisme,: un ordre condamné: Centre nationale d’études cathares, 6e. session d’histoire médiévale , September 1993 (Carcassone, 1996), pp. 11 – 37; ‘Synthese’, ibidem pp. 295 – 304

”Heresy and the Making of Literacy, c. 1000 – 1150′, Peter Biller and Anne Hudson eds., Heresy and Literacy in the Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 19 – 37, reprinted in Lester K. Little and Barbara H. Rosenwein eds., Debating the Middle Ages (Oxford 1998), pp. 363-75

 ‘Postscript: The Peace of God and the Social Revolution’, in The Peace of God: Social Violence and Religious Response in France Around the Year 1000, ed. Thomas Head and Richard Landes (Cornell University Press, 1992), pp. 308 – 26.

 ‘Antisemitism and the Birth of Europe’, Studies in Church History ed. Diana Wood, 29, Christianity and Judaism, (Oxford, 1992), 33 – 57.

‘The First European Peace Movement, or Virtue Rewarded’, Medieval History. 2/1 (1992), 28 – 33.

`Popular Heresy’, in H.R. Loyn (ed.) The Middle Ages: A Concise Encyclopedia (Thames and Hudson, 1989, pp.169-71

`H.C. Lea’, `W.H. McNeill’, `Henri Pirenne’, `World History’ in J. Cannon (ed.) Blackwells Dictionary of Historians (Blackwell, 1988), pp.237, 264-5, 325-6, 456-7.

`New sects and secret meetings: association and authority in the eleventh and twelfth centuries’, in Studies in Church History, ed. W.J. Sheils, 23, Voluntary Religious Associations, (Oxford, 1986), pp. 47-68.

‘Guibert of Nogent and his World’, H. Mayr-Harting and R. I. Moore, eds., Essays in Medieval History Presented to R. H. C. Davis (London, 1985)

‘Popular Heresy and Popular Violence, 1022-1179’, in Studies in Church History 21, ed. W.J. Sheils, Toleration and Persecution (Oxford, Blackwell 1984), 43-50

 ‘Duby’s Eleventh Century’, History lxix (1984), 36 – 49

‘Family, Community and Cult on the Eve of the Gregorian Reform,’ Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 5. 30 (1980), 49 – 79.

 `’The origin of parties, the development of principles …’: the influence of Stubbs and Tout on undergraduate history’, Durham University Journal, December 1978, pp.9-16.

 `University Historians and the 18+: a symposium’ with R.R. Davies, R.H.C. Davis and D. Dilkes, History 62 (1977) pp.233-5 of pp.232-8.

 `Some heretical attitudes to the renewal of the church’, Studies in Church History, ed. Derek Baker, 14, Renaissance and Renewal in Christian History (Oxford, 1977), 87-93.

`Heresy as Disease’, The Concept of Heresy in the Middle Ages, Medievalia Lovanensia, Series I, Studia IV (Louvain, 1976), 1-11.

`St. Bernard’s Mission to the Languedoc in 1145′, Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, xlvii (1974), 1-10

‘Nicétas, émissaire de Dragovitch, a-t-il traversé les Alpes?’, Annales du Midi, 85 (1973), 85-90.

‘The Origins of Medieval Heresy’, History lv (1970), 21 – 36

`The Reconstruction of the Cartulary of Fontevrault’, Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, xli (1968), 86-95.