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Dr Susan Raich

Dr Susan  Raich

Caius Fund Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College

Gonville and Caius College
Trinity St

Cambridge CB2 1TA


PhD: Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2014: The Sea in the Anglo-Norman Realm, c.1050 to c.1180 (joint winner of the 2014 Prince Consort Prize)

MPhil: Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 2010: The White Ship disaster of 1120 as a case study in Anglo-Norman attitudes towards the sea

BA: Williams College, Massachusetts, USA, 2009 (History)

Williams-Mystic Program in Maritime Studies, Mystic, CT, USA (spring 2007)

Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford, UK, 2008–9



Subject groups/Research projects

Ancient and Medieval History:

Research Interests

Research areas include the Central Middle Ages, the North Sea world, and maritime history.  Specific interests currently include the history of wreck law in England over the Middle Ages; maritime fishing and trade; port development; and the exploitation of coastal resources by coastal communities, lords, and the king.

Upcoming seminars:

Caius at Sea, 24 September 2015, Gonville and Caius College

Past presentations include:

Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies, Cambridge, UK: 'Wreck of the sea in law and practice in eleventh- and twelfth-century England', 18 July 2015

COST Oceans Past workshop, Tallinn, Estonia: 'Coastal communities and wreck rights in England, c.1000–1200'

Institute for Historical Research Earlier Middle Ages Seminar, London: 'Sailing across the English Channel in the Anglo-Norman period', 5 February 2014

Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series, London'Maritime travel, trade and port development in the Anglo-Norman realm, c. 1050–1180', 5 November 2013


Supervises undergraduates for the Historical Tripos Papers 2, 3, and 8 (British political history 500–1500 and social/economic history 1050-1550), and subjects within Historical Argument and Practice.