Paul Kershaw

Associate Professor

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Office Hours: T 12:30-1:15PM & Th 12:30-1:30PM

Field & Specialties

Post-Roman Europe, 500 - 950


PhD, King's College, University of London,  1999

MPhil, Medieval History, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, 1991

BA (Hons), Medieval and Modern History, King's College, University of London, 1989



Peaceful Kings. Peace, Power and the Early Medieval Political Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2011). xvii + 313 pp. Link


  • The American Historical Review 117.3 (2012), pp. 913-914 (E.J. Goldberg).
  • English Historical Review 127.526 (2012), pp. 676-678 (I.H. Garipzanov).
  • Historische Zeitschrift 294.1 1, pp. 118-21. (J. Fried).
  • Francia-Recensio, 2012-1, Mittelalter - Moyen Âge (500-1500) (F. Close) [online]
  • History 97 (2012),pp. 303–304 (C. West).
  • Early Medieval Europe 20.1 (2012), pp. 99-101 (C. Leyser).
  • Reviews in History, review no. 1148 (J. Benham) [online]


W. Davies, J. Graham-Campbell, M. Handley, P.J.E. Kershaw, J. Koch, G. Le Duc and K. Lockyear, The Early Medieval Inscriptions of Brittany/Les inscriptions de la Bretagne du Haut Moyen Âge (Celtic Studies Publications, 2000). xviii + 340 pp. 


  • Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie 53 (2003), pp. 310-313 (K.H. Schmidt)
  • The Antiquaries Journal 81 (2001), pp. 445-456 (N. Edwards)


Articles, Refereed and Commissioned 

'English History and Irish Readers in the Frankish World’, in D. Ganz and P. Fouracre, eds, Frankland. The Franks and the World of Early Medieval Europe (Manchester University Press, 2008), pp. 126-51.


‘Eberhard of Friuli, a Carolingian Lay Intellectual’, in P. Wormald and J. L. Nelson, eds, Lay Intellectuals in the Carolingian World (Cambridge University Press, 2007, , paperback 2011), pp. 77-105.


'Laughter After Babel's Fall: Miscommunication and Misunderstanding in the Early Middle Ages', in Guy Halsall, ed., Humour, History and Politics in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2002, paperback 2010), pp. 179-202.  


'Power, Prayer and Illness in Asser's Life of Alfred', Early Medieval Europe 10.2 (2001), pp. 201-224.


M. Handley, P.J.E. Kershaw, K. Lockyear, with W. Davies, K. Forsyth, J. Graham-Campbell and J.-P. Wilson, CISP Database of all Non-runic Inscriptions from Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Wales, South-Western England and Brittany,400-1100 AD (initial release 2000, final release 2001) (


'Charlemagne', 'The Frankish Empire' , 'Military Organization in Post-Roman Europe', entries in C. Messenger, ed., The Reader's Guide to Military History (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001).


'The Alfred-Guthrum Treaty: Scripting Accommodation and Interaction in Viking-Age England', in D. Hadley and J.D. Richards, eds, Cultures in Contact. Scandinavian Settlement in England (Brepols, 2000), pp. 43-64.


'Time's Abuse and the Negligence of Men': Changing Attitudes to the Inscriptions of Early Medieval Brittany', in Davies et al., The Early Medieval Inscriptions of Brittany, pp. 6-22.



Classics at the University of Virginia:

Celtic Inscribed Stones Project (UCL)'s  Online Resources