Lecturer of medieval history at Utrecht University – Carolingian ‘reforms’ – local societies and local priests in early medieval Europe – ‘forgotten’ and ‘precarious’ knowledge (for instance prognostics) – early medieval manuscripts.
I am a historian of early medieval politics, particularly in the East Frankish kingdom. My dissertation, titled “”The Only Just King”: Arnulf of Carinthia and the Transformation of Carolingian Europe, c. 850-899″ explores how one late ninth century king, Arnulf, fits into changes taking place in European politics and society. Some of my other interests are GIS/Digital humanities and history writing in the medieval world.
I’m an independent researcher and early medieval historian based in Leeds. My research covers various aspects of cultural continuity and change in the late Merovingian and early Carolingian worlds, focusing particularly on the eighth century and on aspects of identity, community and otherness. I’m especially interested in hagiography and the process of conversion from paganism to Christianity. Available to review books/articles on these or related topics. Please email me to discuss: email@example.com
I am a holder of a VENI grant from the Dutch Organisation for Research (NWO). My three-year postdoctoral project (2018-21) at the Huygens ING, an institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, Innovating Knowledge. Isidore’s Etymologiae in the Carolingian period, deals with the study of the early transmission history of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville, Carolingian appropriation of this work, and intellectual networks in the early Middle Ages. In 2017-18, I was a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, working on the intellectual networks in the early medieval Latin West, and the role of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies as a vehicle of innovation in this period. In 2016, I received a PhD from Utrecht University for my research on annotation symbols in early medieval Western manuscripts. I have carried out my PhD research in the project Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages at the Huygens ING. I have a keen interest in early medieval annotation practices, in particular the use of symbols rather than words in this context – and I might be the right person to ask a question about this subject. I have published the first handbook of Western annotation symbols in 2019. By training, I am a Latin philologist. In the recent years, I have expanded my skills to Latin paleography and codicology and Digital Humanities. Besides Latin, I also know some Hebrew and I worked with Hebrew texts (for example, I published several articles on the 1389 Prague Easter pogrom), and I am interested in Jewish Studies and the late antique history of the Middle East. I hope to improve my coding and paleography skills in the future and hopefully get back to Hebrew and medieval Jewish history. I also try to write popularizing articles about history-related topics on various platforms, both in English and Slovak (my native language), and to organize popularizing events.
My research interests revolve around the lives and literary production of the monks of Cluny. The abbey of Cluny, located near Macon in Burgundy, was founded in the early tenth century as –what could be argued to be– a traditionally Carolingian form of monastery. Its life revolved around the cultivation of virtue and spiritual prestige through an unparalleled program of prayers, liturgical celebration and ritualized comportment. The monastery of Cluny was arguably one of the most prominent and powerful religious institutions from its founding to its dissolution during the French Revolution. Its first abbots were widely accepted as capable leaders in life and powerful saints after their death. By the twelfth century, the abbots of Cluny oversaw a vast network of houses spreading from England to the Holy Land. Under their tutelage, Cluny produced untold monks esteemed for their holiness and often chosen to become bishops and popes. Its abbots were advisers to kings and acted as architects of Church doctrine. The monks of Cluny did not withdraw from the secular world, but sought to engage with it. I have focused my research on three authors writing within the Cluniac mileu: the twelfth-century abbot of Cluny –Peter the Venerable– and two of his monks –Peter of Poitiers and Richard of Poitiers (also known as Richard of Cluny). Through the writing of these three monks, I seek to explore the world view, the power relationships and the forms of emotion disseminated from Cluny.
I’m currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds. The overall framework of my research is that of authority: how it was negotiated between different levels of power, how it operated in practice, and how it transformed between the earlier and later Middle Ages. To that end, my current research is focused on the relationship between bishops and kings between the late ninth and late eleventh centuries. In general terms, I am particularly interested in the production and use of documentary material, and in the relationship between life histories and historical processes.
I am editing, translating, and analysing five books written by the Irish scholar Dicuil as gifts for Louis the Pious over the years 814-818. This work of highly advanced computistical, scientific, and poetic content is mostly known by the modern titles Liber de astronomia or Computus.
My current research is a component of Dr Jacopo Bisagni’s Ireland and Carolingian Brittany: Texts and Transmission (IrCaBriTT) project. The aim of this IRC Laureate project is to use a detailed philological and palaeographical study of newly identified manuscripts to investigate the intellectual connections between early medieval Brittany and its neighbours: Ireland, Britain, and France in particular. My focus is a compilation of Latin exegetical material containing glosses in both Old Breton and Old English. In addition to the use of these medieval vernaculars, the text and its two manuscripts evidence a complex regional network of intellectual and scribal activity. A complimentary aspect of my work is the survey and analysis of exegetical scholarship among the Bretons more broadly. Previous to this I held a two-year IRC postdoctoral fellowship (2017–2019), under the mentorship of Dr Anthony Harvey at the Dictionary of Medieval Latin for Celtic Sources, RIA, Dublin. My project was ‘Intertextuality in early medieval exegesis: the composition and reception of the commentary on Exodus in In Pentateuchum Commentarii’. It employed a detailed textual and intertextual investigation of this text to investigate three aspects of it that have a wider significance to the field of early medieval studies: • the manipulation and adaptation of Late Antique and patristic sources by early medieval authors seeking to communicate with new readers in new cultural contexts. • the reception of early medieval compositions and their exegesis in a wide range of literary genres. • the role of Irish scholar-authors in this dynamic literary tradition. My completed my PhD in Classics at NUI Galway (2017), supervised by Professor Michael Clarke. My research consisted of case studies that explore the interrelation between Irish, Insular and continental texts in the seventh to the ninth centuries through the thematic focus of the sea and its varied range of literary conceptualisations.
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I am a PhD student in Medieval History and Research Assistant at Trinity College Dublin. My doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr Immo Warntjes and funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund, bears the working title ‘Beyond Mission: Willibrord as a Political Actor between Early Medieval Ireland, Britain and Merovingian Francia (658-739)’; see below for a brief abstract. For contact details see the CV below.