Dr Rory Naismith
Lecturer in Medieval British History
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS
Research interests and PhD supervision
I joined the Department as lecturer in Early Medieval Britain in September 2015. I studied at Cambridge from 2002 until 2009, and from 2009 until 2015 I held three research fellowships at Clare College Cambridge: Junior Research Fellow, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow and Mellon Research Associate. My book, Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England: the Southern English Kingdoms 757–865 (2012), was awarded the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Best First Book prize in 2013.
- Anglo-Saxon England and its neighbours
- Earlier medieval economic and social history
- Coinage and monetary history
- Charters and documentary culture
My principal current research interest is the role of money (coined and otherwise) in early medieval Britain, particularly Anglo-Saxon England, on which I have published extensively. Although money has obvious economic implications, it is also important as a source of early medieval cultural, institutional and political history. My research brings together these diverse approaches to how money worked in society, including extensive work with material culture as well as texts. I am interested in the practical and theoretical challenges of combining these different forms of evidence in a fast-changing area of study; one in which new material is constantly appearing, and interpretations evolve to keep pace. My major current projects include a substantial monograph surveying coinage in Britain and Ireland c. 400–1066, a study of a hoard of English pennies hidden in Rome in the 940s and research into the emerging land market of Anglo-Saxon England.
More widely, I am interested in all aspects of early medieval history, especially in relation to Britain.
I would be happy to receive applications from PhD students interested in:
- England 400–1100
- Economic and monetary history
- Early medieval material culture
- Charters and written culture
Expertise and public expertise
Rory Naismith, Medieval European Coinage, with a Catalogue of thee Coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Vol. 8: Britain and Ireland c. 400–1066 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016)
Rory Naismith, Martin Allen and Elina Screen (ed.), Medieval Monetary History: Studies in Memory of Mark Blackburn (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014)
Rory Naismith, ‘The Social Significance of Monetization in the Early Middle Ages’, Past & Present 223 (2014), 3–39
Rory Naismith, ‘Gold Coinage and its Use in the Post-Roman West’, Speculum 89 (2014), 273–306
Rory Naismith, Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England: the Southern English Kingdoms 757–865 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
I am secretary and general editor of the long-running British Academy project Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Anglo-Saxon England. I have written for several national newspapers, and been interviewed on a number of television documentaries.