Dr Erin Thomas Dailey

Contact details:Dr Erin Thomas Dailey

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2736
  • Email: etd4@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough 702


Personal details

I study the late Roman Empire and its aftermath, from late Antiquity through the early Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the transformation of social practices and the emergence of new political, intellectual, and institutional structures within the post-Roman world.

I conducted my MA research on Roman Influence in Anglo-Saxon Britain and my PhD research on Gregory of Tours and the Women in his Works, both at the University of Leeds concurrently from 2006 to 2011. Whilst continuing to research and publish on these subjects, I spent seven years within the academic publishing industry working as a Copyeditor, Developmental Editor, and Acquisitions Editor for Brepols Publications and Amsterdam University Press. In 2017, I began a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Leeds, before joining the University of Leicester in 2018 as a Lecturer in Early Medieval History.


I am currently researching the sexual exploitation of enslaved people within the households of the greater Mediterranean world, from the fourth to ninth centuries. I am also investigating ways to apply decolonial theory to the Fall of the Roman Empire.



  • Radegund: Queen and Saint of the Merovingian Kingdoms (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022)
  • Queens, Consorts, Concubines: Gregory of Tours and Women of the Merovingian Elite (Brill, 2015)

Edited Collections

  • E. T. Dailey and Stephen Werronen, Monastic Space through Time (BIMR, 2013)


  • 'Barbarians, Romans, and the Judgement of God: The Origins of Trial by Ordeal', forthcoming
  • 'Secluded Space in Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism', in Companion to Late Antique Monasticism, ed. Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom (forthcoming, 2022)
  • 'The Horizons of Gregory of Tours', in Authorship, Worldview, and Identity in Medieval Europe, ed. Christian Raffensperger (Routledge, forthcoming 2021)
  • 'Gregory of Tours and Chlothild', in Transforming the Early Medieval World: Studies in Honour of Ian N. Wood, ed. N. Kıvılcım Tavuz and Richard Broome (Kismet Press, forthcoming 2021)
  • ‘To Choose One Easter from Three: Oswiu’s Decision and the Northumbrian Synod of 664’, Peritia 26 (2015), pp. 47–64
  • ‘Confinement and Exclusion in the Monasteries of Sixth-Century Gaul’, Early Medieval Europe 22.3 (2014), pp. 304–335
  • ‘Gregory of Tours, Fredegund, and the Paternity of Chlothar II: Strategies of Legitimation in the Merovingian Kingdoms’, Journal of Late Antiquity 7.1 (2014), pp. 3–27
  • ‘Introducing Monastic Space: The Early Years, 250–750’, in Monastic Space through Time, ed. E. T. Dailey and Stephen Werronen (BIMR, 2013), pp. 5–25
  • ‘Misremembering St. Radegund’s Foundation of Sainte-Croix in Poitiers’, in Erfahren, Erzählen, Erinnern: Narrativ Konstruktionen von Gedächtnis und Generation in Antike und Mittelalter, ed. Benjamin Pohl et al. (University of Bamberg Press, 2012), pp. 117–140
  • ‘The Vita Gregorii and Ethnogenesis in Anglo-Saxon Britain’, Northern History 47 (2010), pp. 195–207
  • ‘Reappraising the Synod of Whitby’, History Studies, 10 (2009), pp. 31–44

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