Dr Benjamin Savill
Benjamin Savill is a historian of early medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, c. 400-c. 1100. His current research focuses on the construction and performance of different ideas of the late antique and early medieval papacy outside Rome, with a particular focus on Anglo-Saxon England. He is especially interested in papal documentary culture and its reception, and its potential for historians undertaking comparative work on wider themes across the Latin west. His recent and forthcoming publications cover such themes as eleventh-century forgery; the early papal ‘reform’ movement; early canon law and the Bible; the cult of saints in late antique Britain, Ireland and Gaul; and intersections between political violence, liturgical time and historical writing. He is now completing a monograph for publication with Oxford University Press.
Benjamin studied at University College London (BA 2010, MA 2012) and the University of Oxford (DPhil 2018), where he also worked as a Research Associate on the ERC-funded Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity project. He was Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London (2016-17), Gastwissenschaftler at the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen (2015-16), and has previously taught at Oxford, King’s College London, and the University of East Anglia. At Trinity he runs modules on ‘Early Christian Ireland,’ ‘Europe in the Age of Charlemagne,’ and ’The Cult of Saints in the First Millennium: from Ireland to Iran.’
Department of History