Bennett D. Hill

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Bennett David Hill (1934–2005) was a historian, a Benedictine monk and an author. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was ten, and earned advanced degrees from Harvard University (A.M. in 1958) and Princeton (Ph.D. in 1963). He taught history at the University of Illinois at Urbana.[1]

Hill was the author of English Monasteries and Their Patrons in the Twelfth Century (1968),[2][3] Church and State in the Middle Ages (1970),[4] and articles in Analecta Cisterciensia, New Catholic Encyclopedia, The American Benedictine Review and The Dictionary of the Middle Ages. He was one of the contributing editors of The Encyclopedia of World History (2001).[1]

Among other publications Hill have made contributions to are A History of World Societies and A History of Western Society,[5] both published in several editions.

Hill was a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and served as vice president of the American Catholic Historical Association (1995–1996). A Benedictine monk of Saint Anselm's Abbey in Washington, D.C., he also taught at St. Anselm's Abbey School and was a visiting professor at Georgetown University.[1]


  1. ^ a b c McKay, John P.; Hill, Bennett D.; Buckler, John; Ebrey, Patricia B.; & Beck, Roger B. (2007). A History of World Societies (7th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, v-vi. ISBN 978-0-618-61093-8.
  2. ^ O'Sullivan, Jeremiah F. (1969). "English Cistercian Monasteries and Their Patrons in the Twelfth Century. Bennett D. Hill". Speculum. 44 (1): 143–145. ISSN 0038-7134. doi:10.2307/2855060. 
  3. ^ Holdsworth, C. J. (1971). "Review of English Cistercian Monasteries and Their Patrons in the Twelfth Century". The Catholic Historical Review. 56 (4): 717–719. 
  4. ^ Chaney, William A. (1973). "Review of Church and State in the Middle Ages". Church History. 42 (3): 424–424. doi:10.2307/3164408. 
  5. ^ Smith, Richard L. (1979). "Review of A History of Western Society". The History Teacher. 13 (1): 125–125. doi:10.2307/492026.