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Dr Emily Joan Ward

Dr Emily Joan Ward

Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow, Darwin College

External Director of Studies for History, Wolfson College

Darwin College
Silver Street

Cambridge CB3 9EU


I have held a Finley Research Fellowship at Darwin College since October 2017. I am currently preparing my doctoral research for publication and working on a new project on male adolescence and the barriers between childhood and adulthood in the central Middle Ages. I am also external Director of Studies for history students at Wolfson College.

My PhD, on the topic of "Child Kingship in England, Scotland, France and Germany, c.1050-1250", was supervised by Prof Elisabeth van Houts (Emmanuel College, Cambridge) and funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant. I held a Scouloudi Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London between October 2016 and March 2017. 

Research Interests

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



I have supervised for the following papers:

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

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

I was a guest lecturer at the University of East Anglia in 2018 on the second-year module 'Norman and Plantagenet England, 1066-1340' and lectured at Anglia Ruskin University in 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).


  • Medieval British History
  • Economic, Social History

Key Publications

'Child kingship and notions of (im)maturity in north-western Europe, 1050-1262', Anglo-Norman Studies, 40 (2018), 197-211.

'"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:

Elizabeth M. Tyler, 'England in Europe: English Royal Women and Literary Patronage, c.1000-c.1150', TMR: The Medieval Review (April 2018).

Melissa Pollock, 'The Lion, the Lily, and the Leopard: The Crown and Nobility of Scotland, France, and England, and the Struggle for Power (1100-1204)', Royal Studies Journal, 4, no. 1 (2017), 41-3.

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