I was born and raised in Paris. I did my PhD (2006) in the History department at King’s under the supervision of Jinty Nelson. After that I was Junior Research Fellow at New College, Oxford, then Fellow and College Lecturer at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and then came back to King’s in September 2009 as Lecturer in Medieval European History.
Since 2011 I have been a member of the editorial board of Past & Present; I also currently edit the Past & Present supplements series and book series. I also serve as a member of the editorial board of the journal Early Medieval Europe, and as advisory editor for the Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought book series.
From September 2019 until September 2022 I am away on a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (on “Early medieval legal cultures”).
Research interests and PhD supervision
I am particularly interested in the following topics, and would be happy to hear from prospective PhD students who want to work on any aspect of them:
- Anything on the Frankish kingdoms under the Merovingians and Carolingians
- Social and economic relationships, and their conceptualisation, in early medieval Europe more broadly
- Early medieval law, legal culture, and legal practice
- Early medieval literature, especially narrative texts
For more details, please see my full research profile.
Expertise and public engagement
Co-host (with Dr Alice Taylor) of ‘Medieval History For Fun And Profit’, a podcast answering questions sent in by listeners about the middle ages.
- Slavery After Rome, 500-1100 (Oxford University Press, 2017)
- Waltharius at Fontenoy? Epic heroism and Carolingian political thought, 46, 2 (2015), p. 41-64
- 'Half-free' categories in the early middle ages: fine status distinctions before professional lawyers, in Legalism: Rules and Categories. Dresch, P. & Scheele, J. (eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2015), p. 129-152
- Penal enslavement in the early middle ages, in Global Convict Labour, de Vito, C. & Lichtenstein, A. (eds.) (Leiden: Brill, 2015), p. 79-107.
- Legal Practice and the Written Word in the Early Middle Ages: Frankish Formulae, c.500–1000 (Cambridge, 2009)