People

Rethinking the Medieval Frontier is a network project, based at the University of Leeds but reaching right across the UK and beyond. These are the people who are currently network members. Perhaps you would like to join in? Get in touch with Jonathan Jarrett at <j.jarrett@leeds.ac.uk>!

Álvaro Carvajal Castro (University of the Basque Country)

Dr Álvaro Carvajal Castro

Dr Álvaro Carvajal Castro

Álvaro is a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Investigator at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, having previously worked at University College Dublin. He is interested in power and its representation and in social networks in the early Middle Ages, especially in Spain, England and Ireland. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in English and Spanish and has just added to them his first book, Bajo la máscara del regnum: la monarquía asturleonesa en León (854-1037), which you can buy here. For more on Álvaro’s work see his Academia.edu page.

Emma Cavell (Swansea University)

Dr Emma Cavell

Dr Emma Cavell

Dr Emma Cavell is a Research Officer in the Department of History at Swansea University, and previously worked at Exeter University, the University of Leeds and the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on the Welsh Marches in the eleventh to thirteenth centuries AD, and especially on the roles taken on by women there and in other frontier spaces. She is the author of The Heralds’ Memoir, 1486-1490: Court Ceremonial, Royal Progress, and Rebellion and several articles or chapters on these and other themes.

Hajnalka Herold (University of Exeter)

Dr Hajnalka Herold

Dr Hajnalka Herold

Dr Hajnalka Herold is Lecturer in Historical Archaeology at Exeter University. Her work focuses on archaeology of Central Europe of the fifth to eleventh centuries AD as well as on archaeometry and experimental archaeology of ceramics. She is the author of three books, the most recent being Zillingtal, Burgenland – Die awarenzeitliche Siedlung und die Keramikfunde des Gräberfeldes, and a co-editor of two more, as well as writing many papers, articles and book chapters; for details see her Academia.edu page.

Jonathan Jarrett (University of Leeds)

Dr Jonathan Jarrett

Dr Jonathan Jarrett at play

Dr Jonathan Jarrett is Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of Leeds, having previously been Interim Curator of Coins at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, and various forms of Lecturer, Associate or Assistant at the Universities of Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London, Kings College London, the Fitzwilliam Museum, University College London, and Birkbeck College when it was still called that. He is interested in power relations between rulers and ruled and in frontiers (obviously), and pursues these interests especially through high-volume low-level sources like charters and coinage. He has been mistaken for a numismatist. He is the author of Rulers and Ruled in Frontier Catalonia, 880–1010: pathways of power, available here, two museum booklets and various articles and chapters, only a few of which are about coins. For more on Jonathan and his works see his webpages here. He is also responsible for these webpages and accepts all blame.

Alex Metcalfe (Lancaster University)

Dr Alex Metcalfe

Dr Alex Metcalfe

Dr Alex Metcalfe is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Lancaster University. He is interested in interfaith relations and relations between and the administration of Christian and Muslim powers in the medieval Mediterranean, especially in the area of Sicily. He is the author of The Muslims of Medieval Italy, available here, and has just finished editing the charters of the Sicilian abbey of Monreale. He has also edited several other books and journal issues and has many articles and chapters to his credit; his Academia.edu page has the details.

Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds)

Dr Alan V. Murray

Dr Alan V. Murray in a close encounter with chivalry

Alan Murray is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds and Editorial Director of the International Medieval Bibliography. He is interested in the Crusades and Crusaders, especially in the Baltic area, in warfare and in tournaments, and takes a particular interest in prosopography as a technique of medieval research. He is the author of innumerable articles and book chapters, some of which are now collected in his The Franks in Outremer: Studies in the Latin Principalities of Palestine and Syria, 1099-1187, available here, and is also the editor or co-editor of eight other books including the important The Crusades: an Encyclopedia and The Crusades to the Holy Land: The Essential Reference Guide.

Andy Seaman (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Dr Andy Seaman

Dr Andy Seaman

Dr Andy Seaman is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University, having previously worked at Cardiff University and as a commercial archaeologist. His work focuses on early medieval western Britain, where he has particular interests in the transition from Roman rule to the early Middle Ages, in Christianity and conversion, in settlement and landscape, and in power and systems of governance. He is the author of a dozen articles and chapters; see his webpage.

Naomi Standen (University of Birmingham)

Professor Naomi Standen

Professor Naomi Standen, quite literally in the field

Professor Naomi Standen is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Birmingham and for 2017–2018 a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College Oxford, having previously worked at Newcastle University, the tiniest campus of the University of Wisconsin system and St John’s College Oxford. Her research concerns power relations and membership of polities and power-groups in the borderlands of China in the tenth to twelfth centuries, although (as befits our project) she is less and less comfortable with the language of borders. She is currently engaged in an urban-archaeological survey project in Inner Mongolia and is part of the research network Defining the Global Middle Ages as well as ours. Her publications include the book Unbounded loyalty: frontier crossings in Liao China, edited volumes and a section of the Cambridge History of China Vol. 5 Pt. 1, as well as numerous articles and chapters. She is currently writing a book-length chapter on Eastern Eurasia 600-1350 using non-bordered frameworks.

Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University)

Dr Luca Zavagno

Dr Luca Zavagno

Last alphabetically but not least in any way (none of us are), Dr Luca Zavagno is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Bilkent Üniversitesi, having previously worked at Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi in Famagusta and at the Università Ca’Foscari in Venice. He is particularly interested in the role of islands as points of connection and interface between societies, which lies behind both his books, of which the latest is Cyprus between the Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in progress (ca.600-ca.850 D.), An Island in Transition, available here. He is also editor of two more books and author of numerous articles and book chapters, and is a collaborator of Jonathan Jarrett’s and of Dr Rebecca Darley at Birkbeck University of London on the project The World of Medieval Islands. You can find out more about his work via his Academia.edu page and his blog.