Dr Julie Barrau

Associate Professor in Medieval British History
Dr Julie Barrau

I read history at the École Normale Supérieure and at Paris-Sorbonne University. I started to work on 12th-century England for my MA dissertation and continued in this area for my PhD. After a year spent at Trinity College on a Knox scholarship, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Emmanuel College between 2006 and 2009. In 2009 I became Lecturer in medieval history at the University of East Anglia. I came back to Cambridge in 2013 to take up a University Lectureship in Medieval British History. I am also an Official Fellow of Emmanuel College and a Director of Studies there..

I lecture for Paper 3, Paper 8 and Paper 14. My current Special Subject is on the 'Angevin Empire'. I am the convenor of the Themes and Sources option on Royal and Princely Courts. I also contribute to the MPhil in Medieval History.

I am happy to supervise for Papers 3, 8 and 14.


Tags & Themes


Emmanuel College
Cambridge CB2 3AP


Key Publications

Bible, lettres et politique. L’Écriture au service des hommes à l’époque de Thomas Becket (Paris, November 2013).

Lives, Identities and Histories in the Central Middles Ages, ed. J. Barrau and D. Bates (Cambridge, 2021).

'Gilbert Foliot et l’Écriture, un exégète en politique', Anglo-Norman studies, 27 (2005), pp. 16-31.

'Jean de Salisbury, intermédiaire entre Thomas Becket et la cour capétienne ?', in Plantagenêts et Capétiens: confrontations et héritages, ed. M. Aurell and N.-Y. Tonnerre (Turnhout, 2006), pp. 505-516.

'Ceci n’est pas un miroir, ou le Policraticus de Jean de Salisbury', in Le Prince au miroir de la littérature politique de l’Antiquité aux Lumières, ed. F. Lachaud and L. Scordia (Rouen, 2007), pp. 87-111.

'La conversio de Jean de Salisbury: la Bible au service de Thomas Becket', Cahiers de civilisation médiévale, 50 (2007), pp. 229-244.

'Semper, nisi cum necessitas aliter te cogit, latine loquere’: 12th-century examples of the challenge of speaking Latin', in Epilanguages. Beyond Idioms and Languages, ed. P. Hummel (Paris, 2010), pp. 9-20.

'De l’Irlande au collège des Bernardins ? Etienne de Lexington et la réforme des maisons cisterciennes irlandaises (1228-1245)', in Universitas scolarium. Mélanges offerts à Jacques Verger par ses anciens étudiants, ed. C. Giraud and M. Morard (Paris, 2011), pp. 151-170.

'Did medieval monks actually speak Latin?', in Monastic Practices of Oral Communication (Western Europe, Eleventh-Thirteenth Centuries), ed. S. Vanderputten (Turnhout, 2011), pp. 293-317.

‘John of Salisbury as ecclesiastical administrator’, in A Companion to John of Salisbury, ed. C. Grellard and F. Lachaud (Leyden, 2015), pp. 105-144.

‘Sibyls, Tanners and Leper Kings: Taking Notes from and about the Bible in Twelfth-Century England’, in Reading the Bible in the Early Middle Ages, ed. D. Kempf and J. Nelson, (Bloomsbury, 2015), pp. 119-146.

‘From Conquest to commonwealth: Cross-Channel circulation of biblical culture in the Anglo-Norman world’, Anglo-Norman Studies, 39 (2017), pp. 11-25.

'Scholarship as a Weapon: Herbert of Bosham's Letter Collection', in Herbert of Bosham. A Medieval polymath, ed. M. Staunton (York, 2019), p. 87-103.

'Ruth in the twelfth century: the multiple identities of a foreign converted widow from Scripture', in Lives, Identities and Histories in the Central Middles Ages, ed. J. Barrau and D. Bates (Cambridge, 2021), p. 203-226.