School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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Dr Richard Sowerby

MA (Hons), MLitt, DPhil

Lecturer; Early Medieval Insular History


Contact information
Address: Room 00M.24, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3854
Office hours: Mondays 4-5, and Fridays 11-1

School Academic Conduct Officer (semester 1, 2017-2018)

Affiliated research centres
Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

I grew up in North Yorkshire, where the seeds of my interest in the Middle Ages were probably planted by childhood trips to Fountains Abbey. A few school holidays spent in the company of the York Archaeological Trust did nothing to dampen my enthusiasm, and I headed north to study Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. I stayed there for five years, before relocating to the University of Oxford for doctoral study.

I had the good fortune to spend the next three years first as a lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford, and then as the Osborn Fellow in Medieval History and Culture at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. In 2015, I returned to Scotland to join the School of History, Classics and Archaeology here in Edinburgh.

External appointments

2016–present: Reviews editor (pre-1100), The Mediaeval Journal.

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