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Professor Julia Crick

Professor Julia Crick

Professor Julia CrickProfessor of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

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King's College London
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Julia Crick has been Professor of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies at King's since 2012. She directs the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies and convenes the Medieval Manuscripts Seminar at Senate House. She sits on a number of advisory boards, nationally and internationally, and is an elected member of the Comité international de paléographie latine. 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. She 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 and the British Academy's Neil Ker Memorial Fund since 2016. She was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the period 2008-10.

She has given plenary lectures in London, New York, Kalamazoo (MI), Aberdeen, Glasgow and Canterbury and in 2014 gave the inaugural lecture of the Oxford Centre for Medieval Studies. 

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)
  • Domesday Book

Julia Crick has published widely on 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. With Peter Stokes (King's) and Stephen Baxter (University of Oxford) she is currently working on an AHRC-funded research project investigating Exon Domesday, one of the earliest surviving versions of Domesday Book: `The Conqueror's Commissioner's: Unlocking the Domesday Survey of South-West England'. 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 receive applications from doctoral candidates interested in working on any of her research interests. She is currently supervising students working on Anglo-Latin palaeography and on the Exon Domesday Project.

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.


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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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