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First Name
Hope
Last Name
Williard
Affiliation
University of Lincoln
Website URL
https://ulincoln.academia.edu/HopeWilliard
Keywords
Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages, Post-Roman World, Merovingian Kingdoms
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About Me

I am a historian of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, interested how people made and maintained connections with each other in the turbulent world after the Roman Empire came to an end in the west. My work investigates friendship and letter writing, as well as diplomacy and travel. I have taught about the Roman world and the European Middle Ages for over five years, and continue to learn from my students.

I earned a BA in Medieval Studies from Brown University (2011), MPhil in Medieval History from Cambridge University (2012), and PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Leeds (2017). Since 2016, I have worked as an associate lecturer and academic subject librarian at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Recent Publications

“Friendship and Diplomacy in the Histories of Gregory of Tours,” in The Merovingian Kingdoms and the Mediterranean World, eds. Stefan Esders, Yitzhak Hen, Pia Lucas and Tamar Rotman, (London: Bloomsbury, 2019 ), pp. 41-54

“East, West, and the Three Chapters Controversy,” in Transforming the Early Medieval World: Studies in Honour of Ian N. Wood, eds. N. Kıvılcım Yavuz, Richard Broome, and Tim Barnwell (Leeds: Kismet Press, 2020), pp. 1-14.

“Letter-Writing and Literary Culture in Merovingian Gaul,” European Review of History 21:5 (2014), pp. 691-710.

Michael Roberts, Venantius Fortunatus: Poems (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2017), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, August [BMCR 2019.08.25].

“High and Low Literature in Late Antiquity,” Networks and Neighbours 3:1 (2015), pp. 106-112.

“Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West,” Networks and  Neighbours 2:1 (2014), pp. 173-184.

I have also written entries for the forthcoming fourth edition of  The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church: ‘Apostles Creed’, ‘Athanasian Creed’, ‘Fides Damasi’, ‘Fides Hieronymi’, ‘Old Roman Creed’, ‘Venantius Fortunatus’, ‘Vexilla Regis’.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Diplomacy, Gender, Higher Ed, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Religion, Women