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University of Lincoln
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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 that followed the collapse of the Roman Empire. 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

Williard Hope (2022) Friendship in the Merovingian Kingdoms. ARC Humanities Press, Leeds.

Wood, Jamie, Williard, Hope and East, Matt (2022) Collaborative Annotation to Support Students’ Online Reading Skills. In: Designing Courses with Digital Technologies: Insights and Examples from History Education. Routledge, New York, pp. 66-71. ISBN 978-0-367-62553-5

Williard, Hope (2022) Apostles Creed [and six other entries]. In: The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199642465

Williard, Hope (2021) How Hope Williard Does History (

Williard, Hope and Monaghan, Oonagh (2021) Critical reflections and collaborative approaches to the University of Lincoln’s decolonising projects: A library perspective. IMPact, 4 (2). pp. 1-8. ISSN 2516-7561

“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

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

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