Sciences and Belief in Early Medieval Europe
The aim of this project is to explore the cultural and political contexts of “sciences” in the early medieval world. Sciences from astronomy to medicine were not the marginal pursuits in the period it is often claimed – they were debated at courts, framed how people acted, and received significant resources in books and time. How then did thinking about the natural world shape belief and action?
This project is generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust with a Major Research Fellowship for 2018-21.
Early Medieval Hagiography
Saints were powerful role models in the early Middle Ages, capable of defining communities. But what roles did saintly biographies play in shaping the medieval West? Are we any closer to the ‘elusive goal’ of understanding society and its many post-Roman transformations through them? Early Medieval Hagiography provides a new starting point for the investigation of the early Middle Ages through hagiography. It critically examines the varied nature of hagiography in different societies, from Ireland to Germany via Rome and Spain and beyond, to help pave the way for future comparative studies. The book also offers a wide-ranging assessment of different modern methodologies used to interrogate hagiographies, from early twentieth-century source criticism, to the insights gained from gender studies, postmodernism and digital humanities.