My teaching and research interests lie in the history of western Europe in the early and high Middle Ages. To date, my work has focused on themes of kingship and governance with an emphasis on the role of ritual and symbolic display. I recently published a new biography of King Æthelred ‘the Unready’
, which was awarded the Longman-History Today prize
for best ‘scholarly but accessible’ book. Future projects include a study of forgery and historical memory in western Europe at the turn of the first millennium, to be published by Princeton University Press; a popular history of the Normans, to be published by John Murray; and an edition of the Anglo-Saxon charters from continental houses.
EducationI studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, completing my PhD at the former in 2011. My doctoral work focused on royal assemblies in later Anglo-Saxon England and a revised version of my thesis was published by the Cambridge University Press in October 2013.
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2014–)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015–)
- Member of the British Academy Anglo-Saxon Charters Committee (2016–)
- Member of the Viking Society for Northern Research (2017–)
- Review Editor, The Medieval Review (2017–)