Dr Emily Winkler

Teaching Fellow

Emily A. Winkler is the UCL Department of History’s Teaching Fellow in Early Medieval History. At the University of Oxford, she is also Departmental Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the Faculty of History and Balliol College, and the John Cowdrey Junior Research Fellow in History at St Edmund Hall.

Dr Winkler’s research and teaching centres on Europe before 1200. She works primarily on historical writing, political thought and the reception of the classics in the early and central Middle Ages, and is particularly interested in applying cross-disciplinary and comparative approaches to the past. She is currently examining how historians’ attitudes towards the peoples of the British Isles and the North Sea Zone changed before and after the Norman Conquest.

Her book, Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Narratives, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press (2017). Her articles have been published in Anglo-Norman Studies, the Haskins Society Journal and the Journal of Medieval History, and she has articles forthcoming in Welsh History Review and the volumes Translations in Times of Disruption (Palgrave) and Discovering William of Malmesbury (Boydell), a collection of papers she co-edited about the one of most prolific and well-educated historians of the twelfth century. At present, she is co-editing a volume of essays on the rewriting of history in the central Middle Ages (c. 900–1200). She is writing an article on the changing attitudes towards kingship and queenship in tenth-century Britain, and a study comparing invasion narratives of the early medieval British Isles. Current and future projects include comparative studies of historical writing in the British Isles and the Norman impact on visions of the past in the Mediterranean.

As Vice-President for the UK and Europe of the Haskins Society, a scholarly organization devoted to the study of the early and central Middle Ages, Dr Winkler plans and supports conference sessions on a variety of themes to support the Society’s international community of medievalists. In this capacity, she is organizing a conference on ‘The Normans in the South: Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages’, to take place at St Edmund Hall, 30 June–2 July 2017. Details of the conference may be found here: http://www.haskinssociety.org/Normans-in-the-South. Dr Winkler’s outreach activities have included organizing a major millennial anniversary event commemorating the Danish Conquest of England, speaking for local historical associations in London, Aylesbury and Knutsford, and working closely with the alumni associations of Jesus College and St Edmund Hall to promote lifelong learning of history.

After completing her A.B. in History and Classics at Dartmouth College, Dr Winkler came to England to read for the M.St. in Medieval Studies at Jesus College, Oxford. She earned her doctoral degree from Oxford in 2013 and retained her affiliation with the University’s History Faculty. In this capacity she designed and team-taught a new course entitled ‘Writing and Thinking in History’, which encouraged students to consider history and writing at a deeper level. At Oxford, she supervises undergraduate theses and teaches sequences in medieval European history and the history and literature of the British Isles. At UCL, she teaches postgraduate courses in medieval Latin and historiography, and undergraduate modules in medieval history, museum studies and the world of the North Sea Zone. She is also the Department’s Writing and Learning Mentor.



· Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Narratives, Oxford Historical Monographs, Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2017). [forthcoming]

Peer-Reviewed Articles

· ‘William of Malmesbury and the Britons’, Discovering William of Malmesbury, ed. R.M. Thomson, E. Dolmans and E.A. Winkler, Boydell & Brewer (2017). [forthcoming]

· ‘Discovering William of Malmesbury: The Man and his Works’, with E. Dolmans, Discovering William of Malmesbury, ed. R.M. Thomson, E. Dolmans and E.A. Winkler, Boydell & Brewer (2017). [forthcoming]

· The Latin Life of Gruffudd ap Cynan, British kingdoms and the Scandinavian past’, Welsh History Review 28.2 (2016). [forthcoming]

· Translation, Interpretation and the Danish Conquest of England, 1016’, Translation in Times of Disruption, ed. G. Iglesias Rogers and D. Hook, Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting, Palgrave MacMillan (2016). [forthcoming]

· ‘The Norman Conquest of the Classical Past: William of Poitiers, Language and History’, The Journal of Medieval History 42 (2016), 456–78.

· ‘1074 in the Twelfth Century’, Anglo-Norman Studies 36 (2014), 241–58.

· ‘England’s Defending Kings in Twelfth-Century Historical Writing’, Haskins Society Journal 25 (2013), 147–63. [published Oct. 2014]

Under Contract

· Discovering William of Malmesbury, volume of essays based on 2015 conference; co-editors: R.M. Thomson (University of Tasmania) and E. Dolmans (Oxford), Boydell & Brewer (2017).

Book Reviews and Encyclopaedia Entries

· Review Article of B. Pohl, Dudo of St Quentin’s Historia Normannorum: Tradition, Innovation and Memory (York, 2015), Medium Ævum. [forthcoming]

· Shorter Notice, review of: Herman the Archdeacon and Goscelin of Saint-Bertin: Miracles of St Edmund, ed. T. Licence (Oxford, 2014); for Medium Ævum 87 (2017). [forthcoming]

· Shorter Notice, review of: Historia Selebiensis Monasterii: The History of the Monastery of Selby, ed. and trans. J. Burton with L. Lockyer (Oxford, 2013); for Medium Ævum 87 (2017). [forthcoming]

· Shorter Notice, review of: The Early Lives of St Dunstan, ed. and trans. M. Winterbottom and M. Lapidge (Oxford, 2011); for Medium Ævum 87 (2017). [forthcoming]

· ‘The Angevin Empire’, Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature, ed. S. Echard and R. Rouse, Wiley-Blackwell (2017). [forthcoming]

· ‘Stephen of Blois’, Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature, (2017). [forthcoming]

· Review Article of L’Historiographie médiévale normande et ses sources antiques (Xe-XIIe siècle): Actes du colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle et du Scriptorial d'Avranches (8-11 octobre 2009), ed. Pierre Baudin and Marie-Agnès Lucas-Avenel (Caen, 2014), The Medieval Review (15 September 2015)

· ‘The Quest for the Common Man’, review of: R. Fossier, The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages, trans. L.G. Cochrane (Princeton, 2010); for The Oxonian Review (1 June 2011).

Other Publications

· ‘A Journey through the Medieval Past: One Historian’s Quest and Questions’, The Aularian 23 (2016).

· ‘“Upon the rock of Harlech”: an aspect on the sea and the past’, Bringing the Outside In: Enriching Student Learning in the Humanities through Environmental Engagement (Warwick: The Higher Education Academy, History and English Subject Centres, 2010), 42–3.

· ‘Sicily: Island of Myth’, Corriere della Valle: Magazine of the Pacific Alliance 7:2 (2009), 14–15.

External Websites

Balliol College, Oxford

St Edmund Hall, Oxford


Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

2013  DPhil  University of Oxford 
2009  MSt  University of Oxford 
2008  AB  Dartmouth College 

Courses taught

HIST6201 Europe in the Early Middle Ages, 400-1000
HIST1006 Writing History
HIST7403 Medieval History in London Collections
MDVLGL04 Latin for Research (Beginners)

IRIS Researcher Profile 

Dr Emily Winkler