Dr Edward Roberts was born in Cumbria and raised in Denver, Colorado. He returned to the UK to study history, receiving a BA and MA from the University of Manchester and a PhD (2014) from the University of St Andrews. He then held research positions at King's College London and the Universidad del País Vasco (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain), followed by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at the University of Liverpool. In January 2018 he joined the School of History as Lecturer in Early Medieval History.
Edward researches the political and cultural history of Western Europe between 800 and 1100. This was a remarkable period of transformation, during which the mighty empire of Charlemagne and his family (the Carolingians) rose and fell, giving way to nascent French and German kingdoms, while a unified England came into being for the first time. These centuries witnessed considerable demographic and economic growth, as well as dramatic social and religious change.
Edward’s work focuses on the Frankish world of the Carolingians and their successors, looking especially at politics, legal culture, bishops, historical writing and hagiography. He is also interested in languages (especially Old High German) and communication in the early medieval period. Much of Edward’s research explores the intersection of the new political horizons of tenth-century Europe and the role of writing in early medieval society.
His first book, Flodoard of Rheims and the Writing of History in the Tenth Century, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019. He has also co-edited (with Robert Gallagher and Francesca Tinti) The Languages of Early Medieval Charters: Latin, Germanic Vernaculars, and the Written Word, published by Brill (2021). Edward is currently writing a book about bishops and the growth of the Church as an institution between the Carolingian and Gregorian reforms (ninth to eleventh centuries).
Edward teaches modules on late antiquity and the earlier Middle Ages (300-1100).
Edward supervises MA and PhD students working on a variety of early medieval topics. He is particularly interested to hear from prospective research students who want to work on aspects of Carolingian or Ottonian history.
Edward is a convenor of the Earlier Middle Ages Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.