Professor Pauline Stafford


MA DPhil, University of Oxford; Lecturer and Professor University of Huddersfield; Chair of Medieval History, University of Liverpool. Chair of RAE History Panel 2008. Vice-President, now Honorary Vice-President, Royal Historical Society.

Currently completing a book on the development of the vernacular chronicles, provisionally titled After Alfred, the development of Anglo-Saxon Chronicles c 900 – c 1150

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Student education

Co-supervisor (with Professor Julia Barrow) of Berenice Wilson, 'English Women Landholders and Conquest in Eastern England: c.1050-c.1090'

Co-supervisor (with Professor Julia Barrow) of  Florence Scott, 'The Ideas behind an Institution: Sacred Queenship in England from 856-1118'



Queens, Concubines and Dowagers: The King’s Wife in the Early Middle Ages [Athens, GA: 1983; repr. London: 2000)

The East Midlands in the Early Middle Ages (Leicester University Press: 1986)

Unification and Conquest, a political and social history of England in the tenth and eleventh centuries (London, 1989)

Queen Emma and Queen Edith: Queenship and women’s power in eleventh-century England (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997)

Gender, Family and the Legitimation of Power: England from the Ninth to Early Twelfth Century Variorum Collected Essays (Aldershot, 2006)

ed., Companion to British and Irish History vol 1, c 5001100, (Oxford, 2009) editor

Recent articles

‘Edith, Edward’s Wife and Queen’, in Edward the Confessor, the Man and the Legend, ed. by R Mortimer (Woodbridge, 2009), 119–38

‘Archbishop Ealdred and the D Chronicle’, in Normandy and its Neighbours, 900-1250, Essays for David Bates, ed. by K.Thompson and D Crouch (Brepols, 2011)

‘Royal Women and Transitions: Emma and AElfgifu in 1035–1042/3’, in Patterns of Episcopal Power: Bishops in Tenth and Eleventh century Western Europe, ed. by L.Körntgen and D. Wassenhoven (Berlin, 2011), pp 127–44

‘Noting relations and tracking relationships in English vernacular chronicles, late ninth to early twelfth century’, The Medieval Chronicle Vol 10 (2015), pp 23–48

‘The Making of Chronicles and the Making of England: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles after Alfred’, [delivered as the annual Prothero Lecture to the Royal Historical Society, 2016] Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser., vol 27 (2017), pp 65–86

‘Fathers and Daughters: the case of AEthelred II’, in Writing, Kingship and Power in Anglo-Saxon England, ed. by R Naismith and D A Woodman (Cambridge University Press 2018), 139–61

‘Gender and the Gift: the giving and receiving of women in early medieval England’, in Italy and Early  Medieval Europe: Papers for Chris Wickham, ed. by P Skinner, J Barrow and R Balzaretti (Oxford University Press, 2018), pp 73–86


Current postgraduate researchers

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