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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

Affiliations

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Latest news

Corbett Lecture 2021, “Sympathy and the Problem of Nature”

6 October 2021

Professor Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, will deliver this year’s Corbett Lecture in G19 on Thursday October 21 at 5.00 p.m.

Collaboration between the Faculty of Classics and the University of Ghana

20 October 2021

We are proud to announce that the Faculty of Classics has established a collaborative link with the University of Ghana, generously funded by the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research fund. Developing new connections with Ghana promises to open up new possibilities for research and teaching, which will be beneficial for both...

SOUNDING ALDBOROUGH 2021 Episode 1

19 October 2021

The podcast for Aldborough Roman Town , written and presented by Dr Rose Ferraby, is now available. See the project page for more information .

Onassis Foundation endowing a fellowship for the creation of a new post in Classics

12 October 2021

A new University post linked to Newnham will continue a College tradition of teaching, research, and taking Classics out into the wider world that goes back more than a century to Jane Harrison. Newnham College, Cambridge is launching the Onassis Classics Fellowship in order to secure a permanent position for the teaching...