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Dr Sam Ottewill-Soulsby

Dr Sam Ottewill-Soulsby

Research Associate Impact of the Ancient City

Fellow of Darwin College

Sam Ottewill-Soulsby is available for consultancy.

Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Ave
Cambridge CB3 9DA

Departments and Institutes

Fitzwilliam College:

Research Interests

I completed my thesis on 'Carolingian Diplomacy with the Islamic World, 751-888' at the University of Cambridge in 2017.

I am currently part of the ERC funded Impact of the Ancient City project based in the Faculty of Classics, investigating the legacy of classical thought of the city on medieval urban ideals.

I am interested in early medieval history, particularly in its politics, specialising in frontiers and diplomacy, and contact between Christians and Muslims in the period. 

Research Supervision



I am available and happy to teach Part 1, Paper 13 (European History 31 BC-AD 900) and D1f: Jews, Christians and Muslims before and after Muhammad.

Key Publications

  • ‘Carolingian Diplomacy’, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Diplomacy (Forthcoming)
  •  ‘“Sons of Belial”: Saracens in Papal Relations with the Carolingians’, Through the Papal Lens. Shaping History and Memory in Late Antique and Early Medieval Rome, 300-900, LUP Translated Texts for Historians Contexts (Forthcoming, 2018) 
  • ‘The Camels of Charles the Bald’, Medieval Encounters (Forthcoming, 2018)
  •  “‘Those Same Cursed Saracens’: Charlemagne’s Campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula as Religious Warfare”, Journal of Medieval History, 42 (2016), 405-428
  • ‘Al-Bakrī and the Bretons’, Quaestio Insularis: selected proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, 16 (2015), 90-105