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Emily Winkler

AB (Dartmouth, USA); MSt, DPhil (Oxford)

Dr Emily A. Winkler is the John Cowdrey Junior Research Fellow in History at St Edmund Hall and Departmental Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the Faculty of History and Balliol College, Oxford.

Dr Winkler’s research and teaching centres on Europe before 1200. She works primarily on historical writing, political thought and the reception of the classics in the early and central Middle Ages, and is particularly interested in applying cross-disciplinary and comparative approaches to the past. She is currently examining how historians’ attitudes towards the peoples of the British Isles and the North Sea Zone changed before and after the Norman Conquest.

Her book, Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Narratives, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press (2017). Her articles have been published in Anglo-Norman Studies, the Haskins Society Journal and the Journal of Medieval History, and she has articles forthcoming in Welsh History Review and the volumes Translations in Times of Disruption (Palgrave) and Discovering William of Malmesbury (Boydell), a collection of papers she co-edited about one of the most prolific and well-educated historians of the twelfth century. At present, she is co-editing a volume of essays on the rewriting of history in the central Middle Ages (c. 900–1200). She is writing an article on the changing attitudes towards kingship and queenship in tenth-century Britain, and a study comparing invasion narratives of the early medieval British Isles. Current and future projects include comparative studies of historical writing in the British Isles and the Norman impact on visions of the past in the Mediterranean.

As Vice-President for the UK and Europe of the Haskins Society, a scholarly organisation devoted to the study of the early and central Middle Ages, Dr Winkler plans and supports conference sessions on a variety of themes to support the Society’s international community of medievalists. In this capacity, she is organising a conference on ‘The Normans in the South: Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages’, to take place at St Edmund Hall, 30 June–2 July 2017. Dr Winkler’s outreach activities have included organising a major millennial anniversary event commemorating the Danish Conquest of England, speaking for local historical associations in London, Aylesbury and Knutsford, and working closely with the alumni associations of Jesus College and St Edmund Hall to promote lifelong learning of history.

After completing her A.B. in History and Classics at Dartmouth College, Dr Winkler came to England to read for the M.St. in Medieval Studies at Jesus College, Oxford. She earned her doctoral degree from Oxford in 2013 and retained her affiliation with the University’s History Faculty. In this capacity she designed and team-taught a new course entitled ‘Writing and Thinking in History’, which encouraged students to consider history and writing at a deeper level. At Oxford, she supervises undegraduate theses and teaches sequences in medieval European history and the history and literature of the British Isles. In addition, as a Teaching Fellow at University College London since 2014, she has taught postgraduate courses in medieval Latin and historiography, and undergraduate modules in medieval history, museum studies and the world of the North Sea Zone.

She began her fellowship at St Edmund Hall in September 2015.



  • Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Narratives, Oxford Historical Monographs, Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2017). [forthcoming]


  • ‘William of Malmesbury and the Britons’, Discovering William of Malmesbury, ed. R.M. Thomson, E. Dolmans and E.A. Winkler, Boydell & Brewer (2017). [forthcoming]
  • ‘Discovering William of Malmesbury: The Man and his Works’, with E. Dolmans, Discovering William of Malmesbury, ed. R.M. Thomson, E. Dolmans and E.A. Winkler, Boydell & Brewer (2017). [forthcoming]
  • ‘The Latin Life of Gruffudd ap Cynan, British kingdoms and the Scandinavian past’, Welsh History Review 28.2 (2016). [forthcoming]
  • ‘Translation, Interpretation and the Danish Conquest of England, 1016’, Translation in Times of Disruption, ed. G. Iglesias Rogers and D. Hook, Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting, Palgrave MacMillan (2016). [forthcoming]
  • ‘The Norman Conquest of the Classical Past: William of Poitiers, Language and History’, The Journal of Medieval History 42 (2016), 456–78.
  • ‘1074 in the Twelfth Century’, Anglo-Norman Studies 36 (2014), 241–58.
  • ‘England’s Defending Kings in Twelfth-Century Historical Writing’, Haskins Society Journal 25 (2013), 147–63. [published Oct. 2014]


  • Discovering William of Malmesbury, volume of essays based on 2015 conference; co-editors: R.M. Thomson (University of Tasmania) and E. Dolmans (Oxford), Boydell & Brewer (2017).



  • ‘A Journey through the Medieval Past: One Historian’s Quest and Questions’, The Aularian 23 (2016).
  • ‘“Upon the rock of Harlech”: an aspect on the sea and the past’, Bringing the Outside In: Enriching Student Learning in the Humanities through Environmental Engagement (Warwick: The Higher Education Academy, History and English Subject Centres, 2010), 42–3.
  • ‘Sicily: Island of Myth’, Corriere della Valle: Magazine of the Pacific Alliance 7:2 (2009), 14–15.

External Websites

Balliol College
University College London
xford Academia