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First Name
Melanie C
Last Name
The Citadel, The Military College Of South Carolina
Website URL
medieval Ireland, Anglo-Saxon England, ecclesiastical settlements, monastic towns
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About Me

Melanie Maddox is an historian of early medieval Ireland and Britain, who works on the ideal of the Insular civitas, c. 500-1050. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her research primarily focuses on Anglo-Saxon and Irish ecclesiastics’ understanding of what a civitas was and how they used the Latin term along with their vernacular languages. She is also interested in the relationships between monasteries and secular authorities, as well as women and their use of secular authority. Melanie is an Assistant Professor of History at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on early medieval Europe.

Recent Publications

‘Re-Conceptualizing the Irish Monastic Town’, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland 146 (June 2018 for 2016), pp. 21-32.

‘Queen or Puppet Lady?: Æthelflaed’s role in the Politics, Economics and Identity of Mercia’, Quaestiones Medii Aevi Novae 19 (Published August 2015 for 2014), pp. 111-126.

‘Finding the City of God in the Lives of St Coemgen: Glendalough and the History of the Irish Celestial Civitas’, in Glendalough: City of God, ed. Charles Doherty, Linda Doran and Mary Kelly (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011), pp. 1-21.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Ireland, England
Expertise by Geography
England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Religion, Women