I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tübingen. 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.


2012-2016          Faculty of History and Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

PhD in History, supervisor: Rosamond McKitterick

Thesis title: ‘The comparative development of the territorial principalities between the Loire and the Scheldt, 893-996’ 

2011-2012           Faculty of History and Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

MPhil in Medieval History: Distinction

Dissertation: ‘The comparative evolution of princely power in tenth-century Normandy and Flanders’ 

2008-2011          Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

BA (Hons) in History: II.i

Undergraduate dissertation: ‘Warrior elites, seafaring mobility and migration: Rollo of Normandy and Guthrum of East Anglia’

Other Publications

‘Vikings and Bretons? The language of factional politics in late Carolingian Brittany’, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 11 (2015), pp. 183-202.

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