Professor Ian Wood, PI

Professor of Early Medieval History
Leeds University
School of History, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
+44 (0)113 3433594

Date/Place of birth:    London: 09.03.1950


  • BA (1st class hons, Oxford, 1972)
  • DPhil (Oxford, 1980): Avitus of Vienne: religion and culture in Burgundy and the Rhone valley, 470-530
Professional career:
  • Lecturer, University of Leeds (1976-89)
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds (1989-95)
  • Professor of Early Medieval History (1995-)
  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society (1982-)
  • Gastprofessor, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien, 1994-5
  • Fellowship, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, 1995-6
  • Gæsteprofessor, University of Aarhus, 1997
  • Fellow (Society of Antiquaries, 1998-)
  • Gastgrofessor, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien, 2000
  • British Academy Research Readership, 2004-6
  • Balsdon Fellowship, British School at Rome, 2005-6
  • Fellow, Collegium Budapest, 2009
  • Programme Coordinator, European Science Foundation Project, The Transformation of the Roman World (1992-8)
  • Jarrow Lecture (The Most Holy Abbot Ceolfrid, 1995)
  • Brixworth Lecture (The Priest, the Temple and the Moon, 2008)
  • Lastingham Lecture (Lastingham and its sacred landscapes, 2009)


Research Interests: 

The Merovingians: the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century historiography of the Fall of the Roman Empire: Anglo-Saxon sculpture: Bede

  • The Merovingian Kingdoms, 450-751 (London, 1994)
  • The Missionary Life (London, 2001)
  • (with Danuta Shanzer) Avitus of Vienne: Letters and Selected Prose (Liverpool, 2002)
  • (with Fred Orton and Clare Lees) Fragments of History: Rethinking the Ruthwell and Bewcastle Monuments (Manchester, 2007)
  • The Priest, the Temple and the Moon (Leicester, 2009)
  • 'Christians and Pagans in ninth-century Scandinavia', in B. Sawyer, P.H. Sawyer and I.N. Wood, eds., The Christianisation of Scandinavia (Alingsås, 1987), pp. 36-67
  • 'Pagans and Holymen 600-800', in P. Ni Chatháin and M. Richter, eds., Irland und die Christenheit (Stuttgart, 1987), pp. 347-61
  • 'Pagan religion and superstitions east of the Rhine from the fifth to the ninth century', in G. Ausenda, ed., After Empire (Woodbridge, 1995), pp. 253-268
  • 'Aethicus Ister: an exercise in difference', in W. Pohl and H. Reimitz, eds., Grenze und Differenz im frühen Mittelalter (Vienna, 2000), pp. 197-208
  • 'Categorising the cynocephali', Ego Trouble: authors and their identities in the Early Middle Ages, ed. R. Corradini, M. Gillis, R. McKitterick, I. van Renswoude (Vienna, 2010), pp. 125-36


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