MemberPeter Phillip Jones

…ness during this time, asking questions like: What models, both stated and unstated, did Gregory of Tours and other Merovingian historians use, and how? How did various writers, not just of history, u…

Master of Arts, History, McGill University, Montréal, QC, 2014

Graduating Essay: “Gregory of Tours’ Poetics” (supervised by Dr. Nancy Partner).

Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Medieval…
…atus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol. 48 (2017).

Jones, Peter. “Gregory of Tours’ Poetics.” In Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol. 46 (2015), 1…

Research Interests Western Europe Early Middle Ages Historiography Narrative Merovingian kingdoms Gregory of Tours Notions of time and historical consciousness

MemberTassanee Alleau

…de l’Association des Doctorants du Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance, ADCESR) à Tours :
Titre : « Odeur malplaisante, feuilles velues, tige rougissante et racine aigrette » : la…
…Centre D'études Supérieures De La Renaissance, TOURS, CNRS, UMR 7323, FRANCE…
…ee years in France (CESR, CNRS UMR 7323)

2020 – National Diploma of Art (Fine Arts School, Tours)



I am a PhD student in History at the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours (France), supervised by History Professor Pascal Brioist and Mrs Concetta Pennuto, lecturer & research director (History of Sciences). I am also teaching Bachelor degree students in History at University François Rabelais, Tours, France.

MemberAlexander Cupples

Archaeologist, historian, speaker, specialising in the archaeology, politics and Christianity of Early Medieval Ireland. Interested in reconciliational healing, tours, the Picts in Ireland, Uí Eachach Cobha, community-building, local history, and preparing both Protestant and Catholic communities for a united Ireland (which is looking increasingly likely).

MemberRob Williams

I am a military historian that focuses on the development of culture in organizations within the U.S. military. Most recently that has included research into the origin of culture within airborne units of the U.S. Army. I am also an ex-paratrooper myself, with three combat tours as an infantryman to Iraq and Afghanistan.

MemberTamar Rotman

I am a historian of late antique and early medieval history, interested in the role of hagiography and the cults of saints in the cultural and social history of their time. In my PhD dissertation, I have examined the hagiographical corpus of Gregory of Tours and showed that three of his hagiographical works (the Glory of the Martyrs, the Glory of the Confessors, and the Vita Paturm) were actually meant to be read together as an ecclesiastical history. This history, I argue, helped Gregory to construct a Gallo-Christian identity for the people living in sixth-century Merovingian Gaul. My current research examines Gregory of Tours’ autobiographical anecdotes in his historiographical and hagiographical works and aims at showing how Gregory tried to write his own hagiography and construct his future cult as a saint.

MemberMaximilian Stewart-Hawley Cronkite

… greater student engagement with the period, students read primary source texts (such as Gregory of Tours’ Historia Francorum) to get information for making strategic decisions in the game play. Gi…

I am in the final year of my Bachelor of Arts with honours at Carleton University. My major is in history and I have a minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies as well as Greek and Roman Studies. My main area of interest, as well as the subject of my undergraduate honours thesis, is Early Medieval Europe. More specifically, the social, political, and religious relationships during the 6th century in Frankish Gaul – mainly through the writings of Gregor of Tours. I am currently studying the language of Old Norse/Icelandic and the associated literature, particularly the writings of Snorri Sturluson. I particularly enjoy conversion history and the comparison of pre-Christian Scandinavia to western Christian culture.

MemberSihong Lin

…forthcoming) [open access].

‘Reimagining Communities in Late Antiquity: The Case of Gregory of Tours and Justin II’, in R. Broome (ed.), Creating Communities and Others in Early Medieval Europe…

I am a historian of cross-cultural exchanges in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. My research reinterprets the history of the seventh-century papacy through the perspective of its networks. Although this period is frequently seen as when the unity of Christendom fractured, by considering together admirers of Rome from both the post-Roman West and the Eastern Roman Empire, I argue that we can trace how echoes of Greek disputes were passed westwards by these transnational pro-papal networks. My publications therefore focus on the influence of eastern ideas on Latin authors, particularly Gregory of Tours and the Venerable Bede, and argue for a more interconnected Christendom at the end of late antiquity.

MemberSophie Couchman

Sophie is a curator and public historian. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University and an Honorary Research Associate at Museums Victoria. She is interested in the place of migrants in Australia’s history and has researched and published in the field of Chinese-Australian history for many years. She has just completed work at Museums Victoria as exhibition curator on ‘British Migrants: Instant Australians?’, a travelling exhibition exploring British migration to Australia after World War II and its significance today. Sophie has a particular interest in the creation and circulation of visual representations and how they shape our understandings of Australia’s past. She developed the Chinese Australian Historical Images in Australia website ( as part of the completion of her doctorate. She is currently working on a joint project between La Trobe University and Museums Victoria, ‘The Camera at Work’, which explores how changes in photographic technologies and practices transformed the visual documentation of factory life in Melbourne, 1870s through to the present day. While Curator at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne Sophie led a number of notable projects including ‘Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia’, which won a Museums & Galleries National Award for ‘Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement’ in 2014. She also led the development of ‘Chungking Legation: Australia’s diplomatic mission in wartime China’ exhibition and book in 2015 and in 2014 the tour to six locations in China of ‘Bridge of Memories: Exploring identity, diversity, community — An Australian touring exhibition in China’.