Professor Wendy Davies FBA

History and Archaeology of the early middle ages in Europe

Elected 1992

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

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

University College London Professor Emerita of History, University College London

2008 -

University of Oxford Additional member of the Faculty of History

2008 -

University College London Pro-Provost

1995 -

University College London Professor of History and Pro-Provost, University College London

1985 - 2008

University College London Lecturer, Reader, Professor of History

1977 -

University of Birmingham Lecturer

1970 - 1976


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

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