Why Conversion Histories Matter

Just before Christmas, a new volume of essays was published on conversion in the early Middle Ages. The subject is an old one and a good one. Moreover, it is timely. Stories about conversion are not what everyone considers crucial about the Middle Ages. Indeed, I was once commissioned to write a short piece on… Continue reading Why Conversion Histories Matter

Converting the Isles: Conference Report

Roy Flechner and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh have been co-ordinating a research network, ‘Converting the Isles’, most recently funded by the Leverhulme Trust. They rightly stress the importance of ‘conversion’ in Europe history: Conversion to Christianity is arguably the most revolutionary social and cultural change that Europe experienced in late-antiquity and the early middle ages. Christianisation… Continue reading Converting the Isles: Conference Report

Converting the Isles: Merovingian Podcast

It was a great pleasure to be part of a stimulating and successful conference last week on 'The Isles and the Wider World', as part of the Leverhulme 'Converting the Isles' Network. I will post a full write-up soon, but in the meantime you can listen to me talking about 'Martyrdom and the Rise of… Continue reading Converting the Isles: Merovingian Podcast