Portrait of Dr Edward Roberts

Dr Edward Roberts

Lecturer in Early Medieval History
Director of Graduate Studies


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.  

Research interests

Edward is primarily interested in political, social and cultural change in Western Europe between c.850 and c.1050. This was a dynamic period of European history, during which the mighty empire of Charlemagne and his family (the Carolingians) gave way to nascent French and German polities, while a unified English kingdom came into being for the first time. Edward studies the period’s new institutional outlook and changing cultures of writing, focusing especially on historical writing, legal documents (charters) and church law-books (canon law).

His first book, Flodoard of Rheims and the Writing of History in the Tenth Century, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019. He is also co-editing (with Robert Gallagher and Francesca Tinti) a book on The Languages of Early Medieval Charters (forthcoming with Brill, 2020). 

Edward is currently researching episcopal office in the Latin West between the Carolingian and Gregorian reforms (ninth to eleventh centuries).  


Edward teaches modules on late antiquity and the earlier Middle Ages (300-1100).


Edward would be pleased to hear from prospective MA and PhD students who want to work on topics related to Carolingian, Ottonian or Anglo-Saxon 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.  

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