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Faculty of Classics

 

Biography

I am a medieval historian by training, writing my PhD thesis on ‘Carolingian Diplomacy with the Islamic World’ at the University of Cambridge (2017).

A Fellow of Darwin College, I am now working as part of the ERC funded Impact of the Ancient City project, where I examine the influence of ancient ideas of the city on medieval urban ideals and discourse in the Latin West.

Research

Ancient and medieval urban ideals; Late Antiquity; the Carolingian World, al-Andalus; Early Islam; Holy War; camels

Publications

Key publications: 

‘Carolingian Diplomacy’, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Diplomacy (Forthcoming)

‘“Sons of Belial”: Saracens in Papal Relations with the Carolingians’, Through the Papal Lens. Shaping History and Memory in Late Antique and Early Medieval Rome, 300-900, LUP Translated Texts for Historians Contexts (Forthcoming, 2018)

‘The Camels of Charles the Bald’, Medieval Encounters (Forthcoming, 2018)

“‘Those Same Cursed Saracens’: Charlemagne’s Campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula as Religious Warfare”, Journal of Medieval History, 42 (2016), 405-428

Research Associate, Impact of the Ancient City Project
Fellow of Darwin College
Dr Sam  Ottewill-Soulsby
Not available for consultancy

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Latest news

Open letter on anti-racism: a response from the Faculty Board of Classics

16 July 2021

The response to the Open Letter on anti-racism, together with an action plan outlining the Faculty’s strategy, is now available online. Read here for more details

Martin Millett elected as President of the Society of Antiquaries of London

7 July 2021

Professor Martin Millett FBA, Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, has been elected as President of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2021-24). Founded in 1707, the Society of Antiquaries of London is an educational charity that promotes the understanding of the human past and...

Classics student Lylaah Bhalerao receives a Fulbright Award

5 July 2021

Classics MPhil student Lylaah Bhalerao (Murray Edwards 2017), has received an All Disciplines Fulbright Award to enable her to study at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Lylaah has been selected from a strong applicant pool to pursue doctoral research into how to decolonise ancient...

New gift to further support Joyce Reynolds Awards

15 June 2021

The Faculty is enormously grateful to Karen and Peter Ventress for their generous gift to further support our efforts to encourage more diversity among students studying Classics at Cambridge. Karen and Peter have made a gift of £40k to fund a further studentship under the banner of the Joyce Reynolds Awards . The Awards...