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Edward Coleman

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of History
01 716 8152
University College Dublin, School of History, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Dr Edward Coleman's research and teaching focuses on the history of medieval and Renaissance Italy. His publications have investigated various aspects of the society, politics and culture of the city-state in northern Italy during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, in particular civic identity and civic patriotism, historical consciousness and sense of the past, aristocratic power, representative assemblies, ritual space, factionalism and conflict resolution, landholding and property relations. He has written extensively on the city of Cremona as well as on other cities such as Milan and Alessandria. His research has also looked at how perceptions of the medieval city-states in art, music and literature have been influential at key moments in the nineteenth and twentieth-century history of Italy, such as the Risorgimento. He is the author of 'Cities and Communes', in The Shorter Oxford History of Italy, vol. II (2003) and has also contributed to collections of translated primary sources for undergraduates such as Medieval Italy. Sources in Translation (2009). His current research projects are concerned with the contribution of Italy and Ireland to the Crusading movement. Dr Coleman has presented numerous academic papers and public lectures in Ireland, UK, USA and Italy, including most recently:' The Origins of Banking in Medieval Dublin' (Dublin, Wood Quay, October, 2015), ' Liutprand of Cremona as a guide to the Mediterranean City' (University of Edinburgh, May 2015), 'The Knights Templar in medieval Ireland' (UCD, April 2015) , 'The Commune of Cremona and the disputed possession of Guastalla and Luzzara (1193-1227)' (British School in Rome, January 2015). 'The Three Kings of Milan. Furta Sacra or Fictive Cult' (University of Glasgow, May 2014), 'The Countess, her bishop and his saint. Celebrations in Modena in 1106' (University of St Andrews, February, 2014). He coordinates a number of initiatives and projects, including 'Late Medieval Ireland and Europe. Cross-disciplinary perspectives' in collaboration with the Discovery Programme which has resulted in three symposia supported by University College Dublin, University College Cork and the Heritage Council. He is a member of various academic bodies and is Secretary of the Dublin Medieval Society a forum for the discussion, debate and dissemination of the latest research in the field of Medieval Studies in Ireland. In 2013-14 Dr Coleman was the Bullough Fellow in the Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews. Dr Coleman studied in the universities of Glasgow (M.A.) and Oxford (D.Phil.) and was a Post-doctoral Scholar in the British School at Rome. Before joining the School of History and Archives he held a lectureship at the University of Reading.Dr Coleman currently teaches undergraduate courses entitled 'Florence from the Middle Ages to the Medici' and 'Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages'. He is Director of the MA in Medieval History and also responsible for the Single Subject Major History BA degree programme which was nominated by the Faculty of Arts and Celtic Studies for a NAIRTL (National Academy for the Integration of Teaching and Learning) award in 2010.He welcomes PhD proposals, particularly in the area of the social and political history of medieval Italy and the Crusades.


  • Lecturer
    Department of History, University of Reading1 Jan 1990 - 1 Jan 1991
  • Lecturer
    Combined Departments of History, now School of History and Archives, University College Dublin1 Jan 1992


  • Dr Phil
    Oxford University UK
  • MA
    University of Glasgow Scotland
  • Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin


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