Reader in European history
Cambridge CB2 1RL
Subject groups/Research projects
Departments and Institutes
Medieval history, and the use of medieval themes in modern nationalism. I have worked on the changing regulation of child oblation in canon law; on the place of non-Christians in medieval Christian society, including economic, social, legal, and religious interaction; and on medieval frontiers, Christianization and state-building - http://christianization.hist.cam.ac.uk. My current work focuses on the formation of identity in medieval and modern times.
Part I Medieval European history, c. 1000-c. 1500 (I supervise for Papers 14 and 15). Part II Specified Paper on the ways in which medieval violence is portrayed and used in modern nationalism. I also do graduate teaching and supervision in fields linked to my research interests.
- At the Gate of Christendom: Jews, Muslims and 'Pagans' in Medieval Hungary c. 1000- c. 1300. Cambridge University Press, 2001 (awarded the Gladstone Prize for non-British history by The Royal Historical Society).
- co-edited with David Abulafia, Medieval Frontiers: Concepts and Practices. Ashgate 2002.
- edited, Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy: Scandinavia, Central Europe and Rus' c. 900-1200. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- edited, The Expansion of Central Europe in the Middle Ages. Ashgate 2013
- with Przemysław Urbańczyk and Przemysław Wiszewski, Central Europe in the High Middle Ages, Cambridge University Press, 2013.