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Emily Joan Ward

Emily Joan Ward

Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow, Darwin College (from October 2017)

Institute of Historical Research Scouloudi Fellow (2016/17)

Emmanuel College
St Andrew's Street

Cambridge CB2 3AP


I submitted my PhD in July 2017 on the topic of "Child Kingship in England, Scotland, France and Germany, c.1050-1250". I will be commencing a Finley Research Fellowship at Darwin College from October 2017, working on a research project on male adolescence in the central Middle Ages.

My Phd was supervised by Prof Liesbeth van Houts (Emmanuel College, Cambridge) and was funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant. From October 2016 to March 2017, I held a Scouloudi Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London. 

Research Interests

Medieval European History, Childhood and Adolescence, Medieval Rulership, Comparative History



I have previously supervised for the following papers and am available to supervise either of these papers in Lent or Easter term for the academic year 2017/18:

  • Paper 3 - British Political History, 1050-1509
  • Paper 14 - European History, 900-c.1215

I have also supervised select topics for Paper 15 - European History, 1200-1520 (topics: Louis IX and Frederick II) and would be willing to supervise these topics again. 

I have taught for college HAP classes on Public History and Concepts of Childhood.

I lectured at Anglia Ruskin University in February 2015 for a second-year literature module on 'The History of the Book'.

Other Professional Activities

Postgraduate convenor of the IHR Earlier Middle Ages seminar (September 2016 - June 2017).

Co-convenor of the Central and Late Medieval Graduate Workshop (October 2014 - June 2016).

Key Publications

'"Uerax historicus Beda": William of Malmesbury, Bede and "historia"', in Discovering William of Malmesbury, eds. Rodney Thomson, Emily Dolmans and Emily Winkler (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2017), pp. 175-87.

'Anne of Kiev (c.1024–c.1075) and a reassessment of maternal power in the minority kingship of Philip I of France', Historical Research, 89 (2016), 435-53.

Other Publications

Book Reviews:

'Christian Raffensperger, Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus' in the Medieval World', Ex Historia, 7 (2015), 115-118.