Dr Johanna Dale

Johanna joined UCL History as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2016. She has previously worked in the Department of German at the University of Cambridge and in the Department of History at the University of Heidelberg. She is interested in the intersection of political and cultural history in the medieval period, with a particular focus on British and German-speaking lands. Her PhD comprised a comparative study of the influence of coronation liturgy on images of kingship in England, France and the Empire, c.1050-c.1250. At UCL she continues this transnational approach to the medieval past through an investigation into the influential cult of St. Oswald, a seventh-century Northumbrian king who became a saint of vast European resonance in the central medieval period. Johanna is also currently editing a collection of essays with colleagues in Belgium and Poland on the legacy of Ernst H Kantorowicz and the relationship between liturgy and politics in the European Middle Ages.

Major publications

  • J. Dale, Inauguration and Liturgical Kingship in the Long Twelfth Century: Male and Female Accession Rituals in England, France, and the Empire  (Woodbridge, February 2019)
  • J. Dale, 'Inauguration and political liturgy in the Hohenstaufen Empire, 1138-1215', German History 34 (2016)
  • J. Dale, 'Royal inauguration and the liturgical calendar in England, France, and the Empire, c. 1050- c. 1250', Anglo-Norman Studies 37 (2015)

For a full list of publications, see Johanna's Iris profile.


Johanna is supported by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.