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Professor Wendy Davies FBA

History and Archaeology of the early middle ages in Europe

About this Fellow

Until her retirement from UCL in 2007, Wendy Davies taught medieval European history and was also successively Head of the History Department, Deans of Arts and of Social and Historical Sciences, and Pro-Provost (Europe). In research she has always tried to work across disciplines and to collaborate with other scholars: she has convened the - still active - 'Bucknell' charter group since 1979 (hence, The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe (1986), Property and Power in Early Medieval Europe (1995), Languages of Gift (2010), all edited with Paul Fouracre) and has run interdisciplinary projects which explore the interaction between text and field evidence (hence, with James Graham-Campbell and others, The Inscriptions of Early Medieval Brittany (2000) and the long series of archaeological publications with Grenville Astill). Her earlier work dealt with Wales and Brittany, but in the last twenty years northern Iberia in the early middle ages has been the focus.



Current post

  • Professor of History Emerita, University College London; Additional member of the Faculty of History, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, University of Birmingham, 1970 - 1976
  • Professor of History and Pro-Provost, University College London, University College London, 1985 - 2008
  • Lecturer, Reader, Professor of History, University College London, 1977
  • Pro-Provost, University College London, 1995
  • Professor Emerita of History, University College London, University College London, 2008
  • Additional member of the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 2008

British Academy Appointments

  • Vice-President, 2003 - 2005
  • Member of Council, 2002 - 2003


Acts of Giving 2007


Patterns of Power in Early Wales 1990


Windows on Justice in Northern Iberia 800-1000 2016


The Llandaff charters 1979


Small worlds. The village community in early medieval Brittany 1988


A Breton landscape 1997


Other Archaeology Fellows

Professor Simon Keay

The archaeology of ports, commerce, urbanism and cultural change in the early Roman Mediterranean, particularly Italy and Iberia; the application of non-destructive field -techniques to archaeological sites

Professor Noël Duval

History, archaeology, epigraphy of Late Antiquity: imperial ideology and palaces; iconography; early Christian and Byzantine architecture; ecclesiastical architecture and fittings; Christian inscriptions; studies in the Graeco-Roman department of the Lou