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Dr Roger Collins
M.A., D. Litt., F.R.Hist.S., F.S.A. Scot.
Honorary Fellow; History
He studied in the University of Oxford (Queen's and St. Cross Colleges) under Peter Brown and Michael Wallace-Hadrill, and then taught Medieval and Ancient History in the Universities of Liverpool and Bristol. He came to the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities in the University of Edinburgh in 1994, and became an Honorary Fellow in the then Department of History in 1998.
Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of International History
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
- Comparative & Global History
- Eighteenth Century
The history of Spain in the early Middle Ages, the history of the Papacy in all periods, Jacobitism in Dumfries and Galloway; the comparative cultural and religious history of the Eurasian continent in the period c.550-850.
- Completing a book on the history of Spain in the 9th and 10th centuries for the Wiley-Blackwell ‘History of Spain’ series. It is entitled Caliphs and Kings: Spain, 797-1031
- Preparing editions of the Chronicle of Fredegar and of the Historia vel Gesta Francorum for the Monumenta Germaniae Historica.
- Research on James Maxwell of Kirkconnell, Jacobite and Catholic landowner in southern Dumfriesshire
Roger Collins, Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy (London and New York: Weidenfeld & Nicholson/Basic Books, 2009)
Roger Collins and Judith McClure, 'Rome, Canterbury and Wearmouth-Jarrow: Three Viewpoints on Augustine's Mission', in Simon Barton and Peter Linehan (ed.), Cross, Crescent and Conversion. Studies in Memory of Richard Fletcher (Leiden: Brill, 2008) pp. 17-42.
Roger Collins, Die Fredegar-Chroniken, which is vol. 44 of the Studien und Texte series of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Hanover: Hahnsche Buchhandlung, 2007).
Roger Collins, Visigothic Spain, 409-711 (Malden MA and Oxford: Blackwell, 2004); in the 'Blackwells History of Spain' series; reprinted 2005. Spanish translation: La España visigoda, 409-711 (Barcelona: Critica, 2005).
Roger Collins, 'Pippin III as Mayor of the Palace: the Evidence', in Matthias Becher and Jörg Jarnut (ed.), Der Dynastiewechsel von 751: Vorgeschichte, Legitimationsstrategien und Erinnerung (Münster, 2004 recte 2005), pp. 75-91.
Roger Collins, 'The Lorsch Annals and Charlemagne's imperial coronation', in J. Story (ed.), Charlemagne: Empire and Society (Manchester, 2005), pp. 52-70.
Roger Collins, 'The Frankish Past and the Carolingian Present in the Age of Charlemagne', in Peter Godman, Jörg Jarnut and Peter Johanek (ed.), Am Vorabend der Kaiserkrönung (Berlin, 2002), pp. 301-322.
Roger Collins, Commentaria historica ad Consularia Caesaraugustana et ad Iohannis Biclarensis Chronicon in C. Cardelle de Hartmann (ed.), Victoris Tunnunensis Chronicon cum reliquiis ex Consularibus Caesaraugustanis et Iohannis Biclarensis Chronicon , = Corpus Christianorum Series Latina , vol. CLXXIIIA (Turnhout: Brepols, 2001 recte 2002), pp. 94-148. Portuguese translation: João de Santarém, Crónica (Lisbon, 2002), pp. 151-184.
Roger Collins, Medieval Spain: Culture, Conflict and Coexistence (Studies in Honour of Angus Mackay), edited with Anthony Goodman (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002).
Roger Collins, 'Continuity and loss in Medieval Spanish Culture: the evidence of MS Silos Archivo Monástico 4', in Medieval Spain: Culture, Conflict and Coexistence (Studies in Honour of Angus McKay), edited by Roger Collins and Tony Goodman (London, 2002), pp. 1-22.
Roger Collins, Angus MacKay and the History of Later Medieval Spain', ibid. , pp. vii-xvi.
Roger Collins, 'Visigothic Spain' in Spain: A History, edited by Raymond Carr (Oxford, 2000; various reprints), pp. 39-62.