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).


Peer-reviewed Articles

Edited Volume

Book Reviews and Encyclopaedia

Other Publications

Dr Winkler delivered a ‘Teddy Talk’ at St Edmund Hall’s Research Expo 2017, entitled ‘Was there history in the Middle Ages?’, available as a University podcast and YouTube video.

Launch Video

Was there history in the Middle Ages? by Emily Winkler

Where next?


Undergraduate course page

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Dr Emily Winkler launches new book

11 Dec 2017

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Early Career Research Grant won by Dr Emily Winkler

5 Dec 2018

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St Edmund of Abingdon and the Origins of the Medieval Hall

22 Oct 2019

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