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Research Interests

Emily is a comparative historian working on Scotland, England and Europe between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, with an especial interest in understanding change and continuity over this period. Her research touches on themes such as life cycle and gender, rulership and authority, and documentary culture and historical writing. The relationship between age and identity is something which particularly fascinates her, and this forms the central focus of her current project on ‘Adolescence and Belonging in Medieval Europe, c.1000–c.1250’. She is interested in how concepts of adolescence shifted across the period, and how wider social and cultural changes impressed themselves on young people. Emily's first monograph, Royal Childhood and Child Kingship: Boy Kings in England, Scotland, France and Germany, c.1050–1262, was published by Cambridge University Press in their Medieval Life and Thought Series in August 2022.

Education/Academic qualification

Medieval History, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Child Kingship in England, Scotland, France, and Germany, c.1050 – c.1250, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Oct 2013Nov 2017

Award Date: 20 Jul 2018

Medieval History, Master of Arts, Anglo-Norman Perceptions of Bede as a Historical Writer, University of East Anglia

Sept 2010Aug 2011

Award Date: 19 Jul 2012

History, Bachelor of Arts, University of East Anglia

Sept 2007Jul 2010

Award Date: 14 Jul 2010


  • D111 Medieval History
  • D901 Europe (General)

College Research Themes

  • Childhood and Youth


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