Francis Swietek, Ph.D.

Dr. Frank Swietek received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois and has taught in the History Department at the University of Dallas since 1978.  He has served on the Search Committee for several UD departments, Rank and Tenure Committee, Faculty Library Committee, and the Steering Committee of the University Self-Study.   


Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.A., University of Illinois
B.A., St. John's University

Recent Courses

HIS 2301 Western Civilization I
HIS 2302 Western Civilization II
HIS 3303 Ancient Greece
HIS 3304 Roman Republic
HIS 3306 Topics in Ancient History
HIS 3307 Medieval Europe I
HIS 3308 Medieval Europe II
HIS 3309 Topics in Medieval History
HIS 3321 History of England I
HIS 3322 History of England II
HIS 3334 Church History I
HIS 3335 Church History II
HIS 3337 Constitutional and Legal History of Medieval England
HIS 3360 Topics in American History
HIS 4347 The Seminar in History
HIS 4357 Special Studies in History

Research Interests

Research interests include Ancient, Medieval and Early British History.

Selected Publications

“A Metrical Life of Thomas Becket by Simon Aurea Capra,” Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 11 1976), 177-195.

“The Alms Repaid a Hundredfold: A New Latin Version of a Popular Exemplum,”

Fabula: Zeitschrift für Erzählforschung 17 (1976), 169-181. 

“Gunther of Pairis and the Historia Constantinopolitana,” Speculum 53 (1978), 49-79.

“A Savigniac Miracle-Story and the Clairvaux Ur-Mariale,” Cîteaux 34 (1983), 275-283. 

“Three Poems After Matthew of Vendôme,” Speculum 58 (1983), 917-936. 

“King Henry II and Savigny,” Cîteaux 38 (1987), 14-23. 

“The Role of Bernard of Clairvaux in the Union of Savigny with Cîteaux: A Reconsideration,” Bernardus Magister: Papers Presented at the Nonacentenary Celebration of the Birth of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sponsored by the Institute of Cistercian Studies, Western Michigan University, 10-13 May 1990, ed. John R. Sommerfeldt (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1992), 289-302.

(with Terrence M. Deneen) “‘Ab antiquo alterius ordinis fuerit’: Alexander III on the Reception of Savigny into the Cistercian Order,” Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 89 (1994), 5-28.

(with Terrence M. Deneen) “‘Et inter abbates de majoribus unus’: The Abbot of Savigny in the Cistercian Constitution, 1147-1243,” Truth as Gift:  Festschrift for John R. Sommerfeldt, ed. Marsha L. Dutton, Daniel LaCorte and Paul Lockey, Cistercian Studies Series 204 (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 2004), 89-118


Review of: Jon Butler, Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People, Studies in Cultural History (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990), Journal of Texas Catholic History and Culture 2 (1991), 95-97. 

Review of: Joyce E. Salisbury, Church Fathers, Independent Virgins (New York: Routledge, 1991), History: Reviews of New Books 20 (1992), 133.

Review of: Andrew Jotischky, The Carmelites and Antiquity: Mendicants and Their Pasts in the Middle Ages (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), History: Reviews of New Books 31 (2003), 121. 

More than four hundred reviews in Video Librarian: The Video Review Magazine for Librarians (Seabeck, WA), Vols. 18 (2003-).