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My research and teaching interests broadly cover the political, cultural and intellectual history of Britain and Continental Europe during the period c.900-1250 AD, with particular focus on exploring perceptions of the past and theories of history-writing from Antiquity to c.1250.

I completed my PhD at Durham University in 2014. Until summer 2016, I worked as Arts and Humanities Research Council Cultural Engagement Fellow at Durham, on a project titled ‘Singing the Past to Life’, with partner organisation, Cantata Dramatica. Our aim is to develop an original sung drama based on the life and medieval cult of St Cuthbert in Durham. Composition is ongoing, with premier expected in 2018 (see: https://singingthepastblog.wordpress.com/)

Charlie Rozier

Between 2013 and 2016, I led a collaborative research group on the Anglo-Norman historian, Orderic Vitalis, part funded by the Royal Historical Society and Durham’s Institute for Medieval and Early Modern studies. The project came to completion in October 2016, through the publication of the volume: Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations (Woodbridge: Boydell Press).

I am currently writing a book on the writing and history and uses of the past within the community of St Cuthbert at Durham, c.995-1150 (York Medieval Press). I continue to develop my work on medieval perceptions of the past, and I am developing new material for publication on Orderic Vitalis, Symeon of Durham, and a study of the Anglo-Norman historian, Eadmer of Canterbury. My next major project explores links between the role of the historian and the monastic/cathedral cantor in the early and high Middle Ages.

Areas of Expertise

  • Medieval History
  • Medieval manuscript studies
  • Theory and practice of history-writing c.400-1300 AD


  1. (Eds.). Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations. The Boydell Press.
  2. ‘Orderic Vitalis as Librarian and Cantor of Saint-Évroul’. In Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations. (pp. 61-77).
  3. ‘Descriptive Catalogue of manuscripts featuring the hand of Orderic Vitalis’. In Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations. (pp. 385-398).
  4. 'Symeon of Durham as Cantor and Historian at Durham Cathedral Priory, c.1090-1129'. In Medieval Cantors and their Craft: Music, Liturgy and the Shaping of History. (pp. 190-206).
  5. ‘Contextualising the Past: History and its Place at Durham Cathedral Priory, c.1090-c.1130: the Annals of Durham, Cathedral Library MS. Hunter 100’. Haskins Society Journal 25, 107-123.


  • HIH117 Medieval Europe: an introduction

    The module is a basic introduction to the history of Europe c600-c1450, a period usually described as 'Medieval'. It outlines the political and economic structures of the period, and examines the medieval 'world view' by discussing attitudes to life, death and the afterlife. Its first theme, expansion, charts the growth of Europe as a major world power and includes topics such as the crusades against the Muslims and pagans, political and economic growth, and intellectual development in the foundation of the universities. Its second theme, crisis, focuses on the devastating impact of plague, famine and warfare, and the increasing persecution of heretics, lepers, homosexuals, and Jews.

  • HIH227 Medieval Britain 1250-1461

    This module on British history in the later medieval period investigates the relationship between England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France, raising questions about conquest, nationalism, patriotism and race. It will also look at the social, economic and cultural history of Britain (eg the rise of English as a literary language) as well as the internal problems each country faced as it battled against plague, revolts and civil war.

  • HIH3181 The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusades

    This module examines the history of the Cathar heresy in the 12th and 13th centuries and the so-called Albigensian Crusades that were launched to suppress them between 1209 and 1229. It will consider the appeal of Catharism to its supporters; the reasons for the brutal treatment of the Cathars by the Catholic Church and Northern French aristocracy; and the legacy for European civilisation of this medieval heresy and the military campaigns against it.

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.

  • HIH3361 Vikings, Monks and Conquest: Britain in Europe, 1000-1200 A.D.

    Between 1000-1200 AD, England was ruled by two Danish Kings (Cnut, 1016-35; Harold, 1035-40) a king whose father was Danish and his mother Norman (Harthacnut, 1040-42) an English king who had spent the first half of his life in Normandy (Edward, 1042-66) followed by a dynasty whose roots were fully Norman, and progressively tied to the conquest and colonisation of regions in France, Ireland and the remainder of the British Isles. This module will explore Britain¿s place in its European landscape during the period c.1000-1200 AD. It will consider a range of interactions between Britain and Europe, including conquest, colonisation, diplomacy, church networks and trade. A diverse variety of sources will inform debates, including written accounts, archaeological evidence, visual-artistic sources such as sculpture, architecture and the Bayeux Tapestry, and, uniquely at this level, digitised medieval manuscript sources. Students will be encouraged to critically engage with a rich historiography which, although traditionally emphasising differences between Britain and the Continent in this period, is now turning rapidly to highlight Britain¿s numerous close and long-standing relationships with European neighbours across this period.

  • HIMM00 Reading Medieval Manuscripts

    Medieval manuscript sources are crucial to our understanding of the Middle Ages. Research across the disciplines of medieval studies is grounded in the study and use of medieval books and documentary sources. This module aims to give students the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage with original manuscript sources of various types, from early Anglo-Saxon Gospel books to medieval chronicles, from illustrated books of hours to critical legal documents. Students will engage with these sources via digital and printed images and full-scale printed facsimiles, learning to recognise and transcribe medieval hands from all periods. Students will be given the chance to read original manuscripts during visits to the West Glamorgan Archive Service (Swansea) and the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth). This module assumes no prior knowledge of medieval manuscripts, nor any prior knowledge of the medieval languages featured in the manuscript samples, including Latin, Old English and Middle English.

  • HIMM01 Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches

    This module introduces students to recent and current trends in medieval studies, to the research skills required for MA-level research, and to the medieval heritage of South Wales and the surrounding region. Seminars will consider the nature of medieval sources and texts, and a selection of themes that have made a significant impact upon medieval studies in recent years.

  • HIMM04 Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 2: Themes and Sources

    This module aims to apply the skills and approaches learned in the module HIMM01: Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches to a range of important themes in Medieval Studies, including gender, identity, laws and customs, spirituality, heritage. The module is interdisciplinary and draws on historical, literary and visual sources. The content of the module will be arranged in 2-weekly blocks, with the first week in each block dedicated to introducing students to the specific theme and the second week being used as a practical application of this knowledge to a source or text.

  • HIMM06 Directed Reading in Medieval Studies

    Under the guidance of an expert supervisor, students analyse developments in research and either historiography or literary criticism, relating to a topic in Medieval Studies which they choose from a wide range of options.