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 is currently on perpetual book tour, traveling the lower 48 United States in a fully-outfitted Ram 3500 Promaster camper van, with his precocious border collie, Saga.
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.