MemberLevi Roach

…I 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….

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.

MemberSusan Oosthuizen

I am Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. My current research focuses on the origins of the English, collective governance in early medieval and medieval England, and on transformation and continuity in the Anglo-Saxon rural landscape, particularly as evidenced in fields, pastures and settlement. All my downloadable material is now (Jan 2020) on my wordpress site:  I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Historical Society, an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow of the McDonald Institute.

MemberKatherine Har

My research interests include Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman and Angevin history, law and society, medieval manuscripts, and the intersection between legal, historical, and literary writing. My current project and research interests developed out of a background including an undergraduate thesis concerning the depiction of Champenois and French judicial procedure in Chrétien de Troyes’ twelfth-century romance, Le chevalier au lion, and an MA dissertation on the nature of sokerights and more generally soke in the Leges Henrici Primi. From April 2014 – March 2015, I was an intern at the British Library. My internship was in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department where I assisted with the preparation of the Library’s major temporary exhibition ‘Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy’.

MemberJennifer A. Lorden

…Notes and Queries 67.3 (2020): 351-354.
“Discernment and Dissent in the Cynewulf Poems.” Modern Philology 116.4 (2019): 299-321.
“Deor,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, ed. Siân Echard and Robert Rouse (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017), pp. 657-658.
“Landscapes of Devotion: The Settings of St Swithun’s Early uitae.” Anglo-Saxon England 45 (2016): 285-309.
“Rewriting Beowulf: Old English Poetry in Contemporary Translation.” Quaestio Insularis 10 (2011 for 2009): 60-74. …

I study the earliest English poetry and how its conventions differ from, and yet set the stage for, those that follow. My current research focuses on religious culture and saints’ lives, affect and emotion, and poetic narratives of history. My book project, Mixed Feelings: Forms of Devotion in Early English Poetry, explores how deeply felt religious devotion, what is known as affective piety, appears centuries earlier than is commonly thought.

MemberHoward Williams

Williams, H., Smith, G., Crane, D. and Watson, A. 2018. The Smiling Abbot: rediscovering a unique medieval effigial slab, Archaeological Journal 175(2): 255–91. DOI: 10.1080/00665983.2017.1366705.
Meyers Emery, K. and Williams, H. 2018. A place to rest your (burnt) bones? Mortuary houses in early Anglo-Saxon England, Archaeological Journal 175(1): 55–86.
Murrieta-Flores, P. and Williams, H. 2017. Placing the Pillar of Eliseg: movement, visibility and memory in the early medieval landscape, Medieval Archaeology 61(1), 69–103. h…

My research interests are mortuary archaeology, archaeologies of memory, the history of archaeology, public archaeology and the early medieval archaeology of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia (c. 400-1100). I’m a co-director of Project Eliseg, and co-convenor of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory.

MemberDominik Waßenhoven

…Perceptions and Conceptions of Bishops in Eastern Francia and Anglo-Saxon England, ca. 950–1050

In my current research project (my ‘Habilitation’) I am looking at the perception and depiction of bishops between 950 and 1050, roughly, with a special focus on their role in royal successions. My aim is to overcome the classic view on bishops from the kings’ perspective and as their agents, which has been prevalent especially for the Ottonian-Salian kingdom. I will thereby concentrate on the bishops’ actions, or, to be more precise, on the description of these actions in contemporary sources. Therefore narrative sources are at the heart of the project, above all historiography and hagiography (saints’ lives), but also sermons and legal sou…
… 80 (2016), pp. 285–286, DOI: 10.15463/rec.reg.908095140.
Review of Sverre Bagge: Cross & scepter. The rise of the Scandinavian kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2014, in: Historische Zeitschrift 302 (2016), no. 3, pp. 787–788, DOI: 10.1515/hzhz- 2016-0223.
Review of Levi Roach: Kingship and Consent in Anglo-Saxon England, 871–978. Assemblies and the State in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. Fourth Series), Cambridge University Press, 2013, in: Historische Zeitschrift 301 (2015), no. 3, pp. 774–775, DOI: 10.1515/hzhz-2015-0492.
Review of Andrew Rabin (ed. and trans.): The political writings of Archbishop Wulfstan of York (Mancheste…

I am an Historian of the Middle Ages, working as ‘Akademischer Rat’ (which is corresponding to a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer) at the University of Cologne. My focus is on Northern European History (England, Scandinavia, as well as the Reich), especially in the 10th and 11th centuries. I am mainly interested in the depiction of history and how contemporaries viewed their own time and their immediate past.

MemberJames M. Harland

…m ersten Jahrtausend, ed. M. Augstein and M. Hardt. Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung 10 (Braunschweig: Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, 2019), 45–56.

Harland, J. M., ‘Memories of migration? The “Anglo-Saxon” burial costume of the fifth century AD,’ Antiquity 93, no. 370 (2019), 954–969.

Harland, J. M., ‘Rethinking Ethnicity and “Otherness” in Early Anglo-Saxon England,’ Medieval Worlds 5 (2017), 44–69.

Public Scholarship

Harland, J. M., ‘“Race” in The Trenches: Anglo-Saxons, ethnicity, and the misuse of the medieval past,’ The Public Medievalist. Special series: Race and Racism in Middle Ages, 02/17/2017.

Conference Reports

Egetenmeyr, V. and Harland, J. M. ‘Report: The ‘Self’ and the …

I work on the history and archaeology of late antique and early medieval Western Europe, specifically Britain and Gaul, with a focus on processes of transformation and ethnic change. My broader interests lie in ethnic identity, transformation and continuity, and military and economic history, in addition to the philosophical and ethical implications of the study of these fields and their reception and misuse in the modern day, drawing upon continental philosophy and literary theory to explore these concerns. My doctoral thesis was a critical historiography of the study of ethnic identity through archaeological means in late and post-Roman Britain, making use of ethnic sociology and continental philosophy to examine and interrogate the epistemological foundations which underpin this subject of study. More information about my research, publications, CV and teaching can be found on my hcommons site, here.

MemberKisha Tracy

I am an Associate Professor of English Studies, specializing in pre-modern British and world literatures, as well as Co-Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. I received my Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2010. My first book is available from Palgrave, entitled Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature, and explores how the traditional medieval relationship between memory and confession provides a valuable framework for understanding the employment of recollection in various Middle English literary texts. My interests, both teaching and research, are wide-ranging, from classical literature and Anglo-Saxon to Chaucer and film studies with the American Civil War thrown in for variety. In addition, I do a lot of research on encouraging student investment in learning, information literacy, and pedagogical wikis in higher education. I am in the middle of a teaching and learning book project entitled Students Are People Too. I am currently Book Review Editor for Currents in Teaching and Learning and on the board of the New England Faculty Development Consortium and the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

MemberRichard Sowerby


Angels in Early Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2016)
[Awarded the Ecclesiastical History Book Prize, and the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England Best First Book Prize. Shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize.]

Articles and chapters:

‘The heirs of Bishop Wilfrid: succession and presumption in early Anglo-Saxon England’, English Historical Review 134, no. 571 (2019), pp. 1377-1404

‘A family and its saint in the Vita prima Samsonis‘, in Lynette Olson (ed.), St Samson of Dol and the Earliest History of Brittany, Cornwall and Wales (Boydell and Brewer, 2017), pp. 19-36

‘The Lives of St Samson: rewriting the ambitions of an early medieval cult&…

I am a Lecturer in Early Medieval Insular History at the University of Edinburgh. Before I came to Edinburgh in 2015, I had been the Osborn Fellow in Medieval History and Culture at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (2013-15), and had held temporary lectureships in medieval history at Balliol College, Oxford (2012-13) and St Hugh’s College, Oxford (2011-12). Most of my work to date has focused on the religious cultures of the early Middle Ages, looking at the way that beliefs and ideas changed and evolved during the period between c. 500 and c. 1000 CE. My first book, Angels in Early Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2016) was awarded the inaugural Ecclesiastical History Society Book Prize, and the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England Best First Monograph Prize. My current research explores the place of animals in medieval medicine, investigating both the ways that animals were cared for and the ways that they themselves were implicated in the processes of human medicine.