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Emily Joan Ward

Emily Joan Ward

Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow, Darwin College

Darwin College
Silver Street

Cambridge CB3 9EU


From October 2017, I hold a Finley Research Fellowship at Darwin College, working on a research project on male adolescence in the central Middle Ages.

My Phd, on the topic of "Child Kingship in England, Scotland, France and Germany, c.1050-1250", 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:

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.