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Roy Flechner

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of History
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168353
Email: roy.flechner@ucd.ie

Biography

I came to academe after a previous career as a journalist in Jerusalem. After graduating from the Hebrew University in 2002 I continued to a Masters degree and Doctorate at Oxford under the supervision of Richard Sharpe, Professor of Diplomatic. I then spent a year as a Hardie/Hanadiv post-doctoral fellow at Lincoln College Oxford before moving to Trinity College Cambridge where I held a Junior Research Fellowship in conjunction with an Affiliated Lectureship at the History Faculty (2007--2012).

My research explores contacts between Continental Europe and the islands of Britain and Ireland in the early medieval period. I am especially interested in questions relating to conversion to Christianity, historiography, the emergence of ecclesiastical law, the circulation of texts and what this circulation can tell us about international contacts between scholars. In investigating the workings of law I am particularly concerned with such fundamental questions as how legal compilations were first codified, what were the philosophical preambles on which laws were founded and how early medieval jurists perceived the concept of law itself. In order to shed light on these issues I have been exploring in my most recent publications the potential that modern legal theory has to offer to historians of the early middle ages. My work also examines the way in which the perception and formulation of law was affected by conversion to Christianity and, on the other hand, the way in which laws themselves might serve as a window onto the process of conversion itself. Recently I began to turn my attention to the social, economic and cultural context of conversion to Christianity through an international research network that I founded, on which more here: http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/conversion/

In my teaching I cover late antiquity and the early middle ages through a number of BA as well as MA modules. In addition I offer optional modules titled The Conversion of Europe, Kingdoms and Empires in the Restless Middle Ages, Inventing Medieval Identities and The Irish in Early Medieval Europe: Identity, Culture and Religion.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2014.
Title: Visiting Fellowship, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (declined)
Year: 2014.
Title: Michael Adams Prize
Year: 2006.
Title: Sir John Rhys Prize
Year: 2006.
Title: Yad Hanadiv Fellowship
Year: 2005.
Title: Vice-Chancellor's Fund Award
Year: 2003.
Title: Arnold Scholarship
Year: 2003.
Title: Graduate Prize
Year: 2003.
Title: Senior Scholarship
Year: 2004.
Title: Senior Scholarship
Year: 2005.
Title: Senior Scholarship
Year: 2002.
Title: C. Black Award in Medieval Studies

Associations

Association: Early Medieval Europe Journal, Function/Role: Reviews Editor
Association: Routledge Publishing: Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland Series, Function/Role: Series Co-Editor (with Professor Joanna Story)
Association: International Society for Anglo-Saxonists, Function/Role: Member
Association: Converting the Isles: A Leverhulme-Trust International Research Network, Function/Role: Founder and Co-Organiser
Association: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Cambridge, Function/Role: Honorary Research Associate
           

Education

Year 2006 Institution: Oxford University, UK
Qualification: DPhil Subject: Doctorate
Year 2010 Institution: University of Cambridge
Qualification: PhD Subject: Incorporation of Oxford DPhil
Year 2003 Institution: University of Oxford
Qualification: Master of Studies Subject: History
Year 2002 Institution: Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Qualification: BA Subject: BA in History
     

Journals Edited

Early Medieval Europe: Co-Editor.

Other Activities

I am the founder and co-organiser of 'Converting the Isles', an international research network dedicated to conversion to Christianity in North West Europe, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2012--14). This is an interdisciplinary and international network that seeks to foster collaboration between historians, archaeologists, linguists and literary scholars working on different aspects of conversion in Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and Iceland. For more details visit http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/conversion/

Publications

Books

Roy Flechner (2019) A Study, Edition and Translation of the Hibernensis with Commentary. Washington DC: CUAP. Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2019) Making Laws for a Christian Society: the Hibernensis and the Beginnings of Church Law in Ireland and Britain. New York: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

Roy Flechner (2017) 'Identifying monks in early medieval Britain and Ireland: a reflection on legal and economic aspects' In: Enrico Menesto et al (eds). Monachesimi d'Oriente e d'Occidente nell'alto medioevo. Atti delle Settimane di studio CISAM LXIV. Spoleto: Fondazione CISAM. , pp.805-844 Link to full text [Details]
Roy Flechner (2018) 'Canon law collections of the first millennium in the Latin West' In: Philip Reynolds (eds). Law and Christianity in the West: the First Millennium. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Nancy Edwards, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Roy Flechner (2017) 'Conclusion' In: Nancy Edwards, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Roy Flechner (eds). Transforming Landscapes of Belief in the Early Medieval Insular World and Beyond. Converting the Isles II. Turnhout: Brepols. , pp.489-511 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2017) 'Investigating peasant conversion in Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England' In: Nancy Edwards, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Roy Flechner (eds). Transforming Landscapes of Belief in the Early Medieval Insular World and Beyond. Converting the Isles II. Turnhout: Brepols. , pp.427-454 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2017) 'Conversion to Christianity in early medieval Ireland' In: Elizabeth Boyle (eds). A Companion to the Church in Early Medieval Ireland. .::: .::. Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2016) 'Normative texts as sources for conversion to Christianity in Europe' In: Y. Fox and Y. Yisraeli (eds). Contesting Inter-Religious Conversion in the Medieval World. London: Routledge. , pp.77-95 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2016) 'Introduction' In: Roy Flechner and Sven Meeder (eds). The Irish in Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Identity, Culture and Religion. Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.1-18 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner and Sven Meeder (2016) 'Controversies and ethnic tensions' In: Roy Flechner and Sven Meeder (eds). The Irish in Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Identity, Culture and Religion. Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.195-213 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2016) 'Conclusion' In: Roy Flechner and Sven Meeder (eds). The Irish in Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Identity, Culture and Religion. Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.231-241 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (2016) 'Introduction' In: Roy Flechner and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (eds). The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World. Converting the Isles I. Turnhout: Brepols. , pp.1-12 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2016) 'Conversion: Reflections on the State of the Art' In: Roy Flechner and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (eds). The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World. Converting the Isles I. Turnhout: Brepols. , pp.41-60 Available Online [Details]
Wendy Davies and Roy Flechner (2016) 'Conversion to Christianity and economic change: consequence or coincidence?' In: Roy Flechner and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (eds). The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World. Converting the Isles I. Turnhout: Breopols. , pp.377-398 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2015) 'Pope Gregory and the British: mission as a canonical problem' In: Hélène Bouget and Magali Coumert (eds). Histoires des Bretagnes 5. En marge. Brest: Université de Bretagne occidentale. , pp.47-65 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Roy Flechner (2011) 'Patrick's reasons for leaving Britain' In: Fiona Edmonds and Paul Russell (eds). Tome: Studies in Medieval History and Law. Woodbridge: Boydell. , pp.125-134 Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2008) ''Libelli et commentarii aliorum': the Hibernensis and the Breton bishops' In: Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm (eds). Approaches to Religion and Mythology in Celtic Studies. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar. , pp.100-119 [Details]

Edited Books

Nancy Edwards, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Roy Flechner (Ed.). (2017) Transforming Landscapes of Belief in the Early Medieval Insular World and Beyond. Converting the Isles II. Turnhout: Brepols. Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Ed.). (2016) The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World. Converting the Isles I. Turnhout: Brepols. Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner and Sven Meeder (Ed.). (2016) The Irish in Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Identity, Culture and Religion. Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Available Online [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Roy Flechner (2013) 'The Chronicle of Ireland: then and now'. Early Medieval Europe, 21 (4):422-454. Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2012) 'The problem of originality in early medieval canon law'. Viator, 43 :29-47. [Details]
Roy Flechner (2012) 'St Boniface as historian: a Continental perspective on the development of the early Anglo-Saxon church'. Anglo-Saxon England, 41 :41-62. [Details]
Roy Flechner (2011) 'Patrick's reasons for settling in Ireland'. Historia: Journal of the Historical Society of Israel, 26 :5-20. [Details]
Roy Flechner (2009) 'An Insular tradition of ecclesiastical law: fifth to eighth century'. Proceedings of the British Academy, 157 :23-46. [Details]
Roy Flechner (2008) 'Aspects of the Breton transmission of the Hibernensis'. Pecia: Le livre et l'écrit , 12 :27-44. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Roy Flechner (2005) 'Dagán, Columbanus, and the Gregorian mission'. Peritia, 19 :65-90. [Details]
Roy Flechner (2003) 'The making of the Canons of Theodore'. Peritia, 17-18 :121-143. [Details]

Other Journals

Roy Flechner (2004) 'Paschasius Radbertus and Bodleian Library, MS. Hatton 42' Bodleian Library Record 18 :411-421. [Details]
                                                   

Book Reviews

Roy Flechner (2017) Review of Rob Meens, Penance in Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 2014). Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
Roy Flechner (2014) Review of Thomas O Loughlin, Gildas and the Scriptures (Turnhout, 2012). Book Reviews [Details]
Roy Flechner (2012) Review of Malcolm Lambert, Christians and Pagans. The Conversion of Britain from Alban to Bede (New Haven, 2010). Book Reviews [Details]
Roy Flechner (2012) Review of Richard Hoggett, The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion (Woodbridge, 2010). Book Reviews [Details]
Roy Flechner (2010) Review of Karen George, Gildas's De excidio Britonum and the early British Church (Woodbridge, 2009). Book Reviews [Details]
Roy Flechner (2008) Review of Thomas O Loughlin, Adomnán and the Holy Places (London, 2007). Book Reviews [Details]
Roy Flechner (2005) Review of P. Ní Chatháin and M. Richter, eds., Ireland and Europe in the Early Middle Ages: text and transmission (Dublin, 2002). Book Reviews [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

My research explores contacts between Continental Europe and the islands of Britain and Ireland in the early medieval period. I am especially interested in questions relating to conversion to Christianity, historiography, the emergence of ecclesiastical law, the circulation of texts and what this circulation can tell us about international contacts between scholars. In investigating the workings of law I am particularly concerned with such fundamental questions as how legal compilations were first codified, what were the philosophical preambles on which laws were founded and how early medieval jurists perceived the concept of law itself. In order to shed light on these issues I have been exploring in my most recent publications the potential that modern legal theory has to offer to historians of the early middle ages. My work also examines the way in which the perception and formulation of law was affected by conversion to Christianity and, on the other hand, the way in which laws themselves might serve as a window onto the process of conversion itself. Recently I began to turn my attention to the social, economic and cultural context of conversion to Christianity through an international research network that I founded, on which more here: http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/conversion

A continuing project, Becoming Christian in Early Medieval Ireland and Britain: Examining the Textual and Material Evidence, is underway. It examines hagiographical episodes of conversion in the landscape and features digital maps with corresponding textual references. A beta version of the project website can be accessed here: https://becomingchristianproject.wordpress.com

Research Projects


Sponsor :
The Leverhulme Trust
Title : Converting the Isles: An International Research Network for the Study of Conversion to Christianity in the Insular World
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-12 / 30-SEP-14

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Religious Landscapes in the Eighth Century: Ireland and Northern Francia in Comparison.
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 30-SEP-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Living the Law in the Early Medieval World: The Contribution of Canon Law to European Culture
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Becoming Christian in Early Medieval Ireland and Britain: Re-Examining the Textual and Material Evidence
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-14 / 30-SEP-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Disseminating recent knowledge about Early Medieval Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-14

Recent Postgraduates

Dr Helen Oxenham (co-supervised with Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh), History Faculty, Cambridge

Current Postgraduate Students


Mary Kelly, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Thesis Supervisor

 
 
 

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Elva Johnston, Professor Aidan O'Sullivan

External Collaborators

Dr Sven Meeder (Nijmegen), Professor Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Cambridge), Professor Nancy Edwards (Bangor), Dr Sæbjørg Nordeide (Bergen)