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Prof Wendy Davies
Appointment
  • Emeritus Professor
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

Until her retirement in 2007, Wendy Davies taught medieval European history and was also successively Head of UCL's History Department, Deans of Arts and of Social and Historical Sciences, and Pro-Provost for European Affairs. She was a member of the UK Team of Bologna Experts until 2008, and before that served on the EUA Bologna Promoters Group. Her research centres on the social and economic history of pre-industrial rural communities in Europe; to that end, she has worked on the way surviving text conditions our perception of community identity and land-use (hence work on early medieval charters) and has been much involved in archaeological fieldwork. She is committed to working across disciplines and to working in collaboration with other scholars: she has convened the – still active – 'Bucknell' charter group since 1979 (hence, The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe (1986), Property and Power in Early Medieval Europe (1995), Languages of Gift (2010), all edited with Paul Fouracre) and, with others, has run interdisciplinary projects which explore the interaction between text and field evidence (hence, with James Graham-Campbell, John Koch and others, The Inscriptions of Early Medieval Brittany (2000) and the long series of publications with Grenville Astill). Always with a broad interest in western Europe, and especially Europe beyond the Frankish Empire, her earlier work tended to focus on Wales and Brittany, but in recent years she has been much occupied with northern Iberia in the early middle ages, the field of her current research. She has written books and papers on Welsh, Breton, Irish, Scottish and Spanish social and economic history; books include An Early Welsh Microcosm (1978), The Llandaff Charters (1979), Wales in the Early Middle Ages (1982), Small Worlds. The Village Community in Early Medieval Brittany (1988), Patterns of Power in Early Wales (1990), (with G. Astill) The East Brittany Survey (1994), (with G. Astill) A Breton Landscape (1997), Acts of Giving. Individual, Community and Church in Tenth-Century Christian Spain (2007).

Appointments
2007 Member of Faculty History University of Oxford, United Kingdom
1995 – 2007 Pro-Provost (Europe)   UCL, United Kingdom
1991 – 1995 Dean Faculty of Arts/SHS UCL, United Kingdom
1985 – 2007 Professor History UCL, United Kingdom
1977 – 1985 Lecturer, Reader History UCL, United Kingdom
1970 – 1976 Lecturer History University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
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