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Calum Platts

Calum Platts

Department: Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Supervisor: Prof. Simon Keynes

College: Christ's

AHRC subject area: History

Title of Thesis: Anglo-Saxon Kingship: Foreign Perceptions and Influences in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries.


Biography:

I received a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Medieval History from Trinity College, Dublin. My Master's thesis gave me the opportunity to explore the Irish presentation of Anglo-Saxon Kingship in the Irish annals, which demonstrated the potential of external sources to help elucidate the relative power of various kings and chart the rise and fall of kingdoms over time. 

It is this basic premise that I wish to explore in greater depth in my PhD, while also seeking to assess the degree that external conceptions of kingship influenced the development of Anglo-Saxon kingship. It is likely that the material that will dominate is Frankish, but Irish and Papal material will be studied as well and I will assess the potential to incorporate other societies, such as that of Visigothic Spain, into this project.

Other academic interests:

Medieval Archaeology; Ecclesiastical History; the Viking Age.