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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

Publications

  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.

Teaching

  • 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.

  • HIH2069 The Crusades and the Making of Latin Christendom, 1050-1300

    The purpose of this module will be to examine the crusades by setting them in the context of the rapid expansion of Latin Christendom in the Middle Ages. The module will consider the crusades from the perspective of the Latin Christian society that created and sustained them, focussing on the major campaigns carried out to the Holy Land as well as the crusading expeditions to theatres including Byzantium, the Mediterranean, and within Western Europe. In so doing, it considers the impact of crusading activity at the 'periphery' or Europe - places including the Holy Land, Spain and Scandinavia - as well as at its 'core' - areas including France, Germany and the British Isles. The course will examine how the crusades influenced the military and cultural expansion of Latin Christendom in this era, as well as the impact of the crusading movement on ideas, institutions and developments within the heartlands of Europe.

  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.

  • 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.

  • HIL227 Medieval Britain 1250-1461

    This module focuses on British history, 1250-1520, and investigates the relationship between the peoples of England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Wales during a period of intense warfare. It considers issues of domination, conquest, nationalism, patriotism and ethnicity, and looks at the nation as a social, economic and cultural unit (eg. the rise of the English language as a political and literary medium). By looking at the Jews and those termed `alien¿ in England, it also reflects on attitudes towards the `other¿ in medieval society.

  • HIMD00 Medieval Studies Dissertation

    A dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words written on a topic decided by the student in consultation with the dissertation supervisor. This represents Part Two of the MA programme in Medieval Studies.

  • 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.

  • HIMM02 Research Folder

    A course designed to help students to identify their dissertation subject, to prepare for it bibliographically, and to plan its research and writing.

  • 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.