Dr Emily A. Winkler
Fellow by Special Election
Dr Emily A. Winkler is the Principal Investigator of a two-year Arts and Humanities Research Council project entitled ‘The Search for Parity: Rulers, Relationships and the Remote Past, c. 1100–1300’. She is a Research Associate at the Faculty of History and Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall.
Dr Winkler works on historical writing and the literary, political, and intellectual culture of the high Middle Ages, with interests in the British Isles, the Anglo-Norman world, and the North Sea zone. She also works on the social and material culture of the Norman Mediterranean world, especially Sicily and southern Italy. In her research, she seeks to apply cross-disciplinary and comparative approaches to the past for a better understanding of medieval people and ideas. Several core questions are at the heart of her work. How did historians writing in the Middle Ages think about the past? How do art, architecture and archaeological remains tell stories about the thoughts and values of the people who created and interacted with them? What insights does the study of writing and rewriting history in the Middle Ages offer into diplomacy and conquest, both in practice and in perception? How can phenomenology—the study and philosophy of lived experience—and recent research on emotions in history help us to retrieve medieval ideas about human thought and feeling?
In 2018 Dr Winkler won a two-year Early Career Research Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to lead the project ‘The Search for Parity: Rulers, Relationships and the Remote Past in Britain’s Chronicles, c. 1100–1300’ (2019–2021). Dr Owain Wyn Jones (Bangor University), the project’s Co-Investigator, is a specialist on medieval historical writing in Middle Welsh and Latin. The project investigates how and why diplomatic relations between rulers mattered to writers of history in high medieval England and Wales. This project explores the aims and insights of these chronicles, and considers their implications for a revised picture of high medieval diplomacy and historical writing in Britain. You can read more about the project here.
At Teddy Hall, Emily is an advocate of writing, and she has served as a judge for St Edmund Hall’s Ex Aula prize for the best article submitted to Ex Aula, the online journal written and edited by St Edmund Hall postgraduate students.
Previously, Dr Winkler held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Mainz in Germany (2017–2019) and the John Cowdrey Junior Research Fellowship in History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford (2015–2018).
- Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Historical Writing, Oxford Historical Monographs, Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2017).
- ‘William of Newburgh, Henry II and the Kings of France’, in France et Angleterre: manuscrits médiévaux entre 700 et 1200, ed. F. Siri and C. Denoël, Bibliologia Series, Brepols (Turnhout, 2020). [in press]
- ‘Introduction: The Story of Designing Norman Sicily’, with L. Fitzgerald, in Designing Norman Sicily: Visual Stories of a Mediterranean Kingdom, ed. E.A. Winkler, L. Fitzgerald & A. Small (Woodbridge, 2020). [forthcoming]
- ‘William of Newburgh, Henry II and the Kings of France’, in France et Angleterre: manuscrits médiévaux entre 700 et 1200, ed. F. Siri and C. Denoël, Bibliologia Series, Brepols (Turnhout, 2019). [forthcoming]
- ‘King Alfred in Anglo-Norman Histories: Disorder and the Danish Wars:’, in Textualität von Macht und Herrschaft: Literarische Verfahren im Horizont transkultureller Forschungen, ed. M. Albert, U. Becker, E. Brüggen and K. Kellermann (Bonn, 2020).
- ‘Imagining the medieval face of battle: the “Malfosse” incident and the Battle of Hastings, 1066–1200’, Historical Research 93 (2020).
- ‘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 (Basingstoke, 2017).
- ‘The Latin Life of Gruffudd ap Cynan, British kingdoms and the Scandinavian past’, Welsh History Review 28.2 (2017).
- ‘William of Malmesbury and the Britons’, Discovering William of Malmesbury, ed. R.M. Thomson, E. Dolmans and E.A. Winkler, Boydell & Brewer (Woodbridge, 2017).
- ‘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 (Woodbridge, 2017).
- ‘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]
- Designing Norman Sicily: Visual Stories of a Mediterranean Kingdom, ed. E.A. Winkler, L. Fitzgerald & A. Small (Woodbridge, 2020). [forthcoming]
- Discovering William of Malmesbury, ed. R.M. Thomson, E. Dolmans and E.A. Winkler (Woodbridge, 2017).
Book Reviews and Encyclopaedia
- Review Article of D. Bates, William the Conqueror (New Haven, 2016), Speculum 94 (2019), 808-10.
- Review Article of Universal Chronicles in the High Middle Ages, ed. M. Campopiano and H. Bainton (Woodbridge, 2017), English Historical Review (2019), 681-3.
- Review Article of M. Staunton, The Historians of Angevin England (Oxford, 2017), American Historical Review 124 (2019), 722-3.
- Review Article of Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations, ed. C. Rozier et al. (Woodbridge, 2016), History (2019), 344-6.
- Review Article of W.M. Hoofnagle, The Continuity of the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism (University Park, PA, 2016), Speculum 93 (2018), 1212-14.
- Review Article of B. Pohl, Dudo of St Quentin’s Historia Normannorum: Tradition, Innovation and Memory (York, 2015), Medium Ævum 87 (2018).
- Review Article of Richard the Lionheart Exhibition, Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer (2018), Reviews in History 2232 (2018)
- Review Article of M. Strickland, Henry the Young King, 1155–1183 (New Haven, 2016), Speculum 93 (2018)
- Shorter Notice, review of: Herman the Archdeacon and Goscelin of Saint-Bertin: Miracles of St Edmund, ed. T. Licence (Oxford, 2014); for Medium Ævum 87 (2017).
- Shorter Notice, review of: Historia Selebiensis Monasterii: The History of the Monastery of Selby, ed. and trans. J. Burton with L. Lockyer (Oxford, 2013); for Medium Ævum 86 (2017).
- Shorter Notice, review of: The Early Lives of St Dunstan, ed. and trans. M. Winterbottom and M. Lapidge (Oxford, 2011); for Medium Ævum 86 (2017).
- ‘The Angevin Empire’, Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature, ed. S. Echard and R. Rouse, Wiley-Blackwell (Chichester, 2017).
- ‘Stephen of Blois’, Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature, ed. S. Echard and R. Rouse, Wiley-Blackwell (Chichester, 2017).
- Review Article of L’Historiographie médiévale normande et ses sources antiques (Xe-XIIe siècle): Actes du colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle et du Scriptorial d’Avranches (8-11 octobre 2009), ed. Pierre Baudin and Marie-Agnès Lucas-Avenel (Caen, 2014), The Medieval Review (15 September 2015).
- ‘The Quest for the Common Man’, review of: R. Fossier, The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages, trans. L.G. Cochrane (Princeton, 2010); for The Oxonian Review (1 June 2011).
- ‘The unfinished story of the Bayeux Tapestry’, Times Literary Supplement (Online edn, 24 Jan. 2018).
- ‘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.
In this podcast, Dr Winkler and Dr Jones go back to the primary sources, exploring what is surprising about how medieval writing, pictures, and buildings depicted and responded to warfare in medieval Britain. This is part of a AHRC funded project on Medieval History: Conquest Histories and Remembrance. This podcast is also available as a YouTube video.
In this podcast, Dr Winkler and Dr Jones go back to the chronicles, looking at the activities of messengers in their own words, and the stories of historians who were themselves experienced negotiators. This is part of a AHRC funded project on Medieval History: Conquest Histories and Remembrance. This podcast is also available as a YouTube video.
The 2020 A B Emden Lecture “The Bolsheviks in Isolation: Loneliness and Autonomy in a Collectivist Society”
19 May 2020