I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Liverpool, working on a project titled ‘Ideal rulership between insular and Carolingian worlds’. This project, kindly funded by the AHRC North West Consortium DTP, studies advice literature to royals and how these texts shed light on early medieval political culture and discourse. I’m supervised by Dr Marios Costambeys (Liverpool) and Dr Ingrid Rembold (Manchester).


PhD History, University of Liverpool, 2021-present

MA History, University of Liverpool, 2020-21

BA History, University of Liverpool, 2017-20

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    My PhD project, ‘Ideal rulership between insular and Carolingian worlds’, situates early medieval royal advice literature in its social and cultural context. It compares Carolingian advice, understood as part of the culture of admonition and spiritual improvement, with advice from the insular world, particularly Ireland. Through this comparison, both political cultures can be better understood. It employs digital text analysis methods to supplement close reading, which remains the thesis’ main methodology.

    I’m also currently working on a side project around the rulership of Pippin I (and to a lesser extent II) of Aquitaine, with a focus on reassessing the historiographical construct of subkingship.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “The rulership of Pippin I of Aquitaine”, North West Medieval Seminar, 20 October 12:00 GMT

    “Carolingian political discourses of justice”, Institute of Historical Research Digital History Seminar, tbc

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