About Me

Hello! Welcome to Merovingianworld, my research blog.

James Palmer

James Palmer

I am Reader in Medieval History at the University of St Andrews, where I have taught since 2007. Before that I completed my PhD in Sheffield in 2004, was a lecturer in Leicester 2005-6, and then a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Nottingham 2006-7. My research tends to focus on the early Middle Ages, and often involves exploring the influence of long-distance cultural and intellectual networks on Western European history. I have written two books, Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World 690-900 (2009) and The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages (2014), plus lots of shorter pieces, all listed below. My publications often betray the fact that I am most interested in the worlds of Bede and Charlemagne, but I often look wider at the late Roman world, Byzantium, the early Arab worlds, and even T’ang China. I also gravitate towards looking at early medieval chronology and science. My present projects include the the edited volume Apocalypse and Reform from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (with the irrepressible Matt Gabriele) and a short but provocative book on Early Medieval Hagiography.



Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World, Studies in the Early Middle Ages, 19 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009).

The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Early Medieval Hagiography, Past Imperfect (Arcs-Medieval Press, forthcoming).


Edited Volumes

Apocalypse and Reform from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2017) – with Matthew Gabriele.


Journal Articles

‘Rimbert’s Vita Anskarii and Scandinavian mission in the ninth century’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 55. 2 (2004), 235-56.

‘The Frankish cult of martyrs and the case of the two saints Boniface’, Revue bénédictine, 114. 3-4 (2004), 326-48.

‘The “vigorous rule” of Bishop Lull: between Bonifatian mission and Carolingian church control’, Early Medieval Europe, 13. 3 (2005), 249-76.

‘Saxon or European? Interpreting and reinterpreting St Boniface’, History Compass, 4. 5 (2006), 852-69.

‘Defining paganism in the Carolingian world’, Early Medieval Europe, 15. 4 (2007), 402-25.

‘Calculating time and the end of time in the Carolingian world, c. 740-c. 820’, English Historical Review, 523 (2011), 1307-1331.

‘The otherness of non-Christians in the early Middle Ages’, Studies in Church History, 51 (2015), 33-52.


Chapters in Edited Volumes

‘Hagiography and time in the Carolingian vitae of St Boniface’, in R. Corradini, M. Diesenberger & M. Niederkorn-Bruck (eds.), Zwischen Niederschrift und Wiederschrift, Forschungen zur Geschichte des Mittelalters 18 (Munich & Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2010), pp. 93-106.

‘Anskar’s imagined communities’, in H. Antonsson & I. Garipzanov (eds.), Saints and their Lives on the Periphery (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), pp. 171-88.

‘Beyond Frankish authority? Frisia and Saxony between the Anglo-Saxons and the Carolingians’, in H. Sauer & J. Story (eds.), Anglo-Saxon England and the Continent, Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies, 3 (Tempe, AZ: MRTS, 2011), pp. 139-62.

‘Computus after the paschal controversy of 740’, in D. Ó Cróinín & I. Warntjes (eds.), The Paschal Controversy of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: Its Manuscripts, Texts and Tables (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), pp. 213-41.

‘The ordering of time’, in V. Wieser, C. Zolles, C. Feik, M. Zolles & L. Schlöndorff (eds.), Abendländische Apokalyptik. Kompendium zur Genealogie der Endzeit, Kulturgeschichte der Apokalyptik, 1 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2013), pp. 605-18.

‘Wilfrid and the Frisians’, in R. Hall & N. Higham (eds.), St Wilfrid: Bishop of York, Abbot of Ripon and Hexham (Stamford: Shaun Tyas Press, 2013), pp. 231-42.

‘The ends and futures of Bede’s De temporum ratione’, in P. Darby & F. Wallis (eds.), Bede and the Future (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 139-60.

‘Apocalyptic outsiders and their uses in the early medieval West’, in W. Brandes, F. Schmieder & R. Voß (eds.), Völker der Endzeit (Berlin & New York: De Gruyter, 2016), pp. 307-20.

‘Martyrdom and the rise of missionary hagiography in the Merovingian world’, in R. Flechner & M. Ni Mhaonaigh (eds.), From Paganism to Christianity in the Insular World (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2016).

‘Missionary circles and networks’, in M. Aaij & S. Godlove (eds.), The Brill Companion to St Boniface (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2017).

‘To be prepared: eschatology and reform rhetoric c. 570-c. 640’, in M. Gabriele & J. Palmer (eds), Apocalypse and Reform from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2017).


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