Professor Wendy Davies
History and Archaeology of the early middle ages in Europe
- Archaeology, Medieval studies
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.