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James Trevor Palmer


James Trevor Palmer
Postal address:
School of History
Mediaeval History
71 South Street
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462197

Research overview

My research focuses on culture and religion c. 400-900. I am particularly interested in the movement of ideas and people across different cultural worlds – across Eurasia and Africa – and the consequences of the exchanges involved.

My first book, Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World 690-900 (2009), explored this theme in relation to the memorialisation of the work of English missionaries in and beyond the Merovingian and Carolingian Rhineland. I then worked on The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages (2014), supported by an AHRC Research Fellowship (2010-11). In that book, I sought to establish a more comparative, Europe-wide perspective on the theme. This was developed further in Early Medieval Hagiography (2018), which saw me start to think more about comparison with Chinese and Japanese Buddhist sources too.

At present, I hold a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2018-21) for the project Science and Belief in the Making of the Early Medieval World. I also hope to use this, and my previous work, to begin a global history of religious and cultural interactions in the period.

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