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Professor Julia Crick

Professor Julia Crick

Professor Julia CrickProfessor of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

Tel  +44 (0)20 7848 2126
Address Department of History
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS


Julia Crick read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and History at the University of Cambridge. After graduating, she undertook doctoral research on the medieval reception of the History of Geoffrey of Monmouth. She held the posts of Unofficial Fellow (JRF), then Tutor and Fellow, at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, before resigning to take up a permanent position at the University of Exeter in 1992. Having been appointed as Lecturer in the former Department of History and Archaeology, she became a Senior Lecturer in 2001 and Associate Professor in 2007. 

Julia Crick served on the editorial board of the Blackwells journal Early Medieval Europe from 1999-2007. She was elected to sit on the Advisory Board of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists from 2008-11, and served as Acting Second Vice-President. She has been a member of the Royal Historical Society-British Academy Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters since 2002. In Michaelmas 2000 she was affiliated for a term to the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, Cambridge, as a Research Associate. She was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the period 2008-10, during the tenure of which she delivered the fifth G.O. Sayles Lecture on Mediaeval History at the University of Aberdeen. In May 2011 she attended the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI as Richard Rawlinson Congress Speaker.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Medieval palaeography
  • Medieval perceptions of the past (Geoffrey of Monmouth and the British history, prophecy, historical ideology and origin legends)
  • History of medieval Britain (to 1200)
  • Land and power in Anglo-Saxon England (including Anglo-Saxon charters)

Julia Crick has published on various aspects of the intellectual and social history of medieval Britain, with a particular focus on the transmission of knowledge, ideas and information. She has undertaken studies of manuscripts and script in books and documents and has a particular interest in the transmission of a variety of historical narratives, including forgeries. Her doctoral research concerned Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, and she has edited the charters of the Anglo-Saxon archive of St Albans abbey, many of them forged. She was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2008-10 to work on a project entitled `Script and Forgery in England to A.D. 1100' and is currently working on a series of papers to bring this research to completion.

Julia Crick is willing to supervise research on any of her research interests, particularly aspects of palaeography and the transmission of texts, medieval monastic culture (including forgery), the uses of the past (Galfridian history and origin legends), property, power and gender before 1100. She is currently supervising students working on twelfth-century historiography and on aspects of Anglo-Saxon history.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Crick, J. C., & van Houts, E. M. C. (2011). A Social History of England, 900-1200. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Crick, J. C. (2007). Charters of St. Albans (Vol. XIII). Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy.
  • Crick, J., & Walsham, A. M. (2004, paperback edn 2010). The Uses of Script and Print 1300-1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Crick, J. C. (1991). The Historia regum Britannie of Geoffrey of Monmouth, IV. Dissemination and reception in the later Middle Ages (Vol. IV). Cambridge: D. S. Brewer.
  • Crick, J. C. (1989). The Historia regum Britannie of Geoffrey of Monmouth, III. A Summary Catalogue of the Manuscripts (Vol. III). Cambridge: D. S. Brewer.
For a complete list of publications, please see Julia's full research profile.

Besides teaching medieval and early modern palaeography to undergraduates and graduate students at Cambridge and Exeter, Julia Crick has taught various aspects of the history of medieval Britain, Ireland and the continent. At King’s she will be focusing on Palaeography and on the intellectual history of medieval Britain, plus an introduction to Welsh history for first-year students. She expects to develop a new postgraduate module in manuscript studies for 2013/4.


  • 4AAH0001 Historical Skills, Sources & Approaches
  • 5AAYCL15 The Ancient and Early Medieval Book
  • 5AAYCL16 The Medieval Book


  • 7AAH1018 The history of script in Britain, AD 600-1100
  • 7AAYM109 Skills For Medievalists: Palaeography I
Expertise and public engagement

Editorial activities and other work for external bodies

Member, British Academy - Royal Historical Society Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters (2002-present)

Elected Member, Advisory Board, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (2008-11)

Chair, Publication Prize Committee, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (2009-11)

Interim Second Vice-President, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (July-December 2011)

Editorial Boards, Arthurian Literature and Anglo-Saxon (both current); Early Medieval Europe (to January 2008)

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