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Dr Roy Flechner


Roy Flechner

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of History
01 716 8353
University College Dublin, School of History, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I came to academe after a previous career as a journalist in Jerusalem. After graduating from the Hebrew University in 2002 I continued to a Masters degree and Doctorate at Oxford under the supervision of Richard Sharpe, Professor of Diplomatic. I then spent a year as a Hardie/Hanadiv post-doctoral fellow at Lincoln College Oxford before moving to Trinity College Cambridge where I held a Junior Research Fellowship in conjunction with an Affiliated Lectureship at the History Faculty (2007--2012). My research explores contacts between Continental Europe and the islands of Britain and Ireland in the early medieval period. I am especially interested in questions relating to conversion to Christianity, historiography, the emergence of ecclesiastical law, the circulation of texts and what this circulation can tell us about international contacts between scholars. In investigating the workings of law I am particularly concerned with such fundamental questions as how legal compilations were first codified, what were the philosophical preambles on which laws were founded and how early medieval jurists perceived the concept of law itself. In order to shed light on these issues I have been exploring in my most recent publications the potential that modern legal theory has to offer to historians of the early middle ages. My work also examines the way in which the perception and formulation of law was affected by conversion to Christianity and, on the other hand, the way in which laws themselves might serve as a window onto the process of conversion itself. Recently I began to turn my attention to the social, economic and cultural context of conversion to Christianity through an international research network that I founded, on which more here: my teaching I cover late antiquity and the early middle ages through a number of BA as well as MA modules. In addition I offer optional modules titled The Conversion of Europe, Kingdoms and Empires in the Restless Middle Ages, Inventing Medieval Identities and The Irish in Early Medieval Europe: Identity, Culture and Religion.


  • BA
    Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • MPhil
    Oxford University UK
  • DPhil
    Oxford University UK
  • PhD
    University of Cambridge