Phil Adamo is a former circus clown turned medieval history prof turned novelist—a professional background that engenders a love of irony.
He taught medieval history for two decades at Augsburg College, where he was named Minnesota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
He has written both academic and popular books and articles about the Middle Ages, including Pilgrimage for Eight (2020); New Monks in Old Habits (2014); and “Braveheart at the Battle of Falkirk,” in Medieval LEGO (2015).
He lives in Minneapolis with a precocious border collie named Saga. The Medievalist, a satirical thriller, is his first novel.
Clowning with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1977. That's me in the top row, center.
Performing at an outdoor theatre festival in Germany (playing the cowbells), late 1970s to early 80s.
Working as an editorial cartoonist and graphic designer at the Huntsville Item, Huntsville, Texas, mid 1980s.