Jeremy Piercy


  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Contact details



University of Edinburgh
Room 2.29, William Robertson Wing
Old Medical School, Teviot Place

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Jeremy has recently completed his PhD in History.  His doctoral thesis is titled 'The Moneyers of England, 973–1086' in which he examines the development of workplace practices in late Anglo-Saxon urban society.  He is from North Carolina, USA, where he received his BA in History (European History and the Ancient World) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 and a MA in European History (Medieval Europe and Atlantic World) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013.  

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • American Numismatic Society
  • Haskins Society
  • International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Royal Historical Society
  • Royal Numismatic Society
  • Seigneurie

Undergraduate teaching

  • Medieval Scottish History
  • Introduction to Medieval Europe 2a
  • Medieval Worlds: A Journey Through the Middle Ages
  • Making and Breaking Medieval Britain, c. 1100–c.1500

Research summary

My research interests range from medieval socio-economic structures to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and early-modern state development.  I am interested in digital humanities, particularly in methods to make big-data accessible to non-specialists.  I enjoy studies on memory and history, gender and aristocracy, medieval culture, the history of emotions,  material culture, and numismatics.

Current research interests

My recent research has been on the development of a potential pre-craft guild structure among the minting group that withstood important watershed events such as the Danish and Norman conquests of England in 1016-17 and 1066, respectively. I'm also working on the development of the Moneyers of England Database: 973–1086, which has facilitated my research into the structures of the moneyer-class during the tenth and eleventh centuries. This research allows for the elucidation of a non-noble group of society beyond what has been achievable to date with manuscript study.

Past research interests

Outside of medieval England, which is my current research specialisation, I have completed work on social injustice based on the letters and works of Ottobah Cugoano and Ignatius Sancho, as well as research on the formation of collective memory (and memory manipulation) in Soviet Russia, gender classification in the Lais of Marie de France, modes of travel and their relation to the social order in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and interpretive work on the emotive state of Maximilian Robespierre. I have also contributed entries on the English Civil War and American women during World War II in separate collected volumes. Most recently, I was a Research Assistant on the National Museum of Scotland's Fettercairn Jewel Project.


Anglo-Saxons 2016: Exchange - Cultures, Ideas, and Materials

Anglo-Saxons 2016 was a two-day multidisciplinary conference for postgraduate students and early-career researchers. The conference brought together scholars from different disciplines studying the Anglo-Saxon period in order to share papers outlining their current research around a central core celebration of Anglo-Saxon culture, history, and impact. We promoted discussion and explored how a range of perspectives can lead to a new understanding of the Anglo-Saxons. The early medieval period was one of exchange in all senses of the word. The fifth to eleventh centuries in England marked a period of great transformations in culture, history, intellectual development, and materiality through internal and external factors and different cultural influences. Beyond this, we ourselves as researchers came together in an exchange of knowledge, thoughts, and approaches. The conference was held in June 2016 to celebrate all aspects of Anglo-Saxon history and culture around the central theme of exchange.

Anglo-Saxons 2016 was held at the University of Edinburgh and brought together 24 speakers from six countries on three continents.


2017 ‘The Moneyers of England Database, 973–1086: Case Studies from the London and Southwark Mints’, Medieval Prosopography 32 40–66.

2017 ‘Hammered Lives: Studies from a New Database of the Late Anglo-Saxon Moneyers’, in Proceedings of the XVth Sexennial International Numismatic Congress, Taormina 2015, M. C. Caltabiano (ed.), Rome, Arbor Sapientiae, Vol. II, 1157–61.

Book Reviews

2019 Review of Rory Naismith, Medieval European Coinage, vol. 8, Britain and Ireland, c. 400–1066, Cambridge University Press, 2017 and William R. Day, Jr., Michael Matske, and Andrea Saccocci, Medieval European Coinage, vol. 12, Northern Italy, c. 950–1500, Cambridge University Press, 2017, The Mediæval Journal, in press.

2018 Review of Stewart Lyon, The Lyon Collection of Anglo-Saxon Coins(Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 68), Oxford University Press, 2017, History.

2013 Review of Rory Naismith, Money and Power in Anglo–Saxon England: The Southern English Kingdoms 757–865, Cambridge University Press, 2012, Essays in History.

Encyclopedia Entries

2013 ‘The English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution’, in World Democracy: From Ancient Times to the People’s Revolutions of the 21st Century, J. Ciment (ed.), M. E. Sharpe.

2012 ‘U.S.S. Relief’, in An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields, Volume 1, L. T. Frank (ed.), ABC–CLIO, 2012, 559.

Invited Talks and Lectures

2016 ‘The Mints and Moneyers of Anglo-Saxon England’, British Numismatic Society, Warburg Institute, London, UK, March 2016. Lecture. Invited and funded by the British Numismatic Society.

2015 ‘Hammered Lives: The London mints in context with Lincoln, Winchester, and York’, XVthSexennialInternational Numismatics Conference, Taormina, Italy, September 2015. Invited and funded by the International Numismatic Council.

2015 ‘Studies from a New Database of Anglo-Saxon Moneyers: What, How, and Why?’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2015. Invited panelist by Medieval Prosopography.

Conference Papers and Presentations [Selected]

2018 ‘What’s in a Name? Naming Practices in Defining Continuity’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, to be delivered July 2018, sponsored by the Haskins Society.

2017 ‘Comparative Economic Development in Anglo-Saxon England and Heian Japan’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2017. 

2017 ‘Organized Labor in Anglo-Saxon England? Placement Pattern Recognition in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century English Mints’, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2017. New Voices in Medieval Historypanel sponsored by the Haskins Society.Winner – Tashjian Award for Anglo-Saxon Studies.

2016 ‘Craft Guilds before 1066? The evidence from Quatrefoil, Pointed Helmet, and Short Cross: The Coinages of Cnut’, Conquest 1016, 1066, Oxford, UK, July 2016.

2015 ‘A New Database of the Moneyers from Late Anglo-Saxon and Early Anglo-Norman England’, 129thAnnual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York, NY, January 2015.

2014 ‘Predispositions in the Role of Moneyer: How Naming Patterns May Have Indicated Occupation in Late Anglo-Saxon England’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 2014. New Voices in Anglo-Saxon Studiespanel sponsored by theInternational Society of Anglo-Saxonists.

2013 ‘Casting Aristocrats: The Creation of a Wealth Aristocracy’, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2013. Panel sponsored by Seigneurie.