Professor Joanna Story

Professor of Early Medieval History

Jo StoryContact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2761
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  • Office: Attenborough 610
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays: email me to make an appointment
  • Dissertation Office Hour: Wednesday 2-3pm (or by appointment)
  • Insular Manuscripts Project Day: Tuesday
  • Research Day: Monday


I studied History and Archaeology at Durham, completing a PhD there in early medieval history in 1995. In 1996 I came to Leicester as a temporary lecturer, and have been here ever since. My major research interests fall within the period c. AD 600–900 and span the history of Anglo-Saxon England, Carolingian Francia, and Italy (especially Rome), and the connections between them. The material culture of the written word is at the heart of my work which focuses on the contemporary manuscript and epigraphic evidence. My research is characterised by its interdisciplinarity, as shown especially by my work on the Epitaph of Pope Hadrian I, on Old St Peter's, Rome and by the major Research Programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust on The Impact of Diasporas in the Making of Britain: Evidence, Memories, Inventions which runs from 2011–2016, for which I am Principal Investigator.  I'm currently General Editor of Ashgate's series, Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland.  With the 'Friends of All Saints', Brixworth', I convene the Brixworth Lecture that is held annually in late October.


Topics in early medieval English or Frankish History, particularly those that focus on cross-Channel, Northumbrian, or Mercian themes as well as those which involve the exploration of archaeological as well as historical evidence.


My undergraduate and postgraduate teaching reflects many of my research interests. I run courses on Anglo-Saxon England, Carolingian Europe and the Viking Age, as well as broader thematic courses such as Race and Ethnicity, and on medieval palaeography and book history.

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