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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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.