Dr Robert Gallagher

Lecturer in Early Medieval History
Director of Recruitment and Admissions


Dr Robert Gallagher completed his BA and MA at the University of York and, following three years out of academia, he carried out his PhD at the University of Cambridge. 

He has since held postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge, University of the Basque Country and the University of Oxford. In January 2019 he was delighted to join the University of Kent as a lecturer in medieval history. 

Research interests

Robert is a historian of early medieval Britain, particularly Anglo-Saxon England. Much of his current research focuses on uses of the written word, multilingualism, and cultural and political identities in early medieval societies. These themes lie at the heart of the book that he is completing on the kingdoms of Mercia, Wessex and Kent in the ninth and early tenth centuries, which is called Writing the Realm: Latin, Old English and the Written Word in Southern Britain, c. 830–920

A second, related strand of current research is concerned with the range of Latin vocabulary employed by authors in Britain in the ninth and tenth centuries. This has led to an individual study on the reception of Asser’s famous late ninth-century biography of King Alfred the Great, and to a developing interest in the reception and use of the Greek language in early medieval western Europe. 

More generally, Robert is an enthusiastic researcher of early medieval charters, manuscripts, letters and poetry, and he also enjoys collaborative research. At present, he is co-editing a volume with Edward Roberts and Francesca Tinti on multilingualism and early medieval documentary cultures (to be published by Brill).


Robert primarily teaches early medieval topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Robert would be keen to hear from anyone interested in researching topics related to early medieval Britain, Anglo-Saxon England, medieval textual cultures and Medieval Latin literature.


Robert is a member of the editorial team of Canterbury Cathedral’s Picture This project.

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