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Assoc Professor Roy Flechner

Assoc Professor

Roy Flechner

Associate Professor
School of History
01 716 8353
University College Dublin, School of History, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

BIO

I am university lecturer in early medieval history and Co-ordinating Editor of the journal Early Medieval Europe. I came to academe after a previous career as a journalist in Jerusalem. I hold a BA from the Hebrew University and a Masters degree and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. Before arriving at UCD I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford, a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer at the History Faculty in Cambridge. ................................................................................................PUBLICATIONS.................................................................................................... .......................................................................................................BOOKS............................................................................................................. 1. Flechner, R. (2019): St Patrick Retold: The Legend and History of Ireland’s Patron Saint (Princeton: Princeton University Press) REVIEWED BY ------------------------ * WALL STREET JOURNAL, Terry Golway: ''[Flechner's] brilliant use of source material from Irish, British and Roman writers provides context and historical sweep.'' (14 MAR 2019) * THE SUNDAY TIMES, William Laffan: ''Highly readable despite the complexity of the material, it serves as a scrupulous guide to the shifting web of actuality and myth that characterises Patrick's life and cult.'' (31 MAR 2019) * THE IRISH TIMES, Neil Hegarty: ''absorbing investigation into the lives and afterlives of Ireland's patron saint... a fascinating and enlightening exploration of early Christian Ireland, Britain and Europe.'' (16 MAR 2019) * HISTORY IRELAND, Joe Culley: ''Saint Patrick Retold is that rare amalgam of academic rigour and stylish storytelling which will appeal as much to the general reader as to those engulfed in the discipline.'' (MAR 2019) * THE SPECTATOR, Mary Kenny: ''Flechner's authorial aim is both academic and popular... Patrick does come across as a genuinely interesting personality.'' (14 MAR 2019) * CHURCH TIMES, Nicholas Cranfield: ''Flechner has a good eye for a story... This book does its subject justice.'' (15 MAR 2019) * CATHOLIC HERALD, David Platzer: ''as clear a picture as we are likely to have of Patrick, in the context of the Ireland of his time, and also in regard to the legend that developed after his death.'' (28 MAR 2019) * LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS, Diarmaid MacCulloch, ''His book affords excellent glimpses of a real Patrick amid the early medieval mist, but his readers are left in peril of stumbling off the visible path.'' (1 AUG 2019) 2. Flechner, R. (2019): The Hibernensis: Volume 1. A Study and Edition. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law (Washington, D.C.: CUA Press) 3. Flechner, R. (2019): The Hibernensis: Volume 2. Translation, Commentary, and Indexes. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law (Washington, D.C.: CUA Press) 4. Flechner, R. (2019): Making Laws for a Christian Society: the Hibernensis and the Beginnings of Church Law in Ireland and Britain. Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland (New York: Routledge) [Forthcoming] ..........................................................................................EDITED VOLUMES..................................................................................................... 5. Edwards, N., M. Ní Mhaonaigh, and R. Flechner, eds. (2017): Transforming Landscapes of Belief in the Early Medieval Insular World and Beyond. Converting the Isles II (Turnhout: Brepols) 6. Flechner R., and M. Ní Mhaonaigh, eds. (2016): The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World. Converting the Isles I (Turnhout: Brepols) 7 . Flechner, R., and S. Meeder., eds. (2016): The Irish in Early Medieval Europe: Identity, Culture and Religion (Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan) .............................................................................ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS...................................................................................... 8. Flechner, R. (2019), 'Canonical collections', in P. Reynolds, ed., Great Christian Jurists and Legal Collections in the First Millennium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 182–197 9. Flechner, R. (2017): 'Identifying monks in early medieval Britain and Ireland: a reflection on legal and economic aspects', in Atti delle Settimane di studio CISAM 64: 805–844 10. Edwards, N., M. Ní Mhaonaigh, and R. Flechner (2017): 'Converting the Isles: reflections and reconsiderations', in N. Edwards, M. Ní Mhaonaigh, and R. Flechner, eds., Transforming Landscapes of Belief in the Early Medieval Insular World and Beyond. Converting the Isles II (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 489–511 11. Flechner, R. (2017): 'Investigating peasant conversion in Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England', in N. Edwards, M. Ní Mhaonaigh, and R. Flechner, eds., Transforming Landscapes of Belief in the Early Medieval Insular World and Beyond. Converting the Isles II (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 427–454 12. Flechner, R. and M. Ní Mhaonaigh (2016): 'Introduction', in R. Flechner and M. Ní Mhaonaigh, eds., The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World. Converting the Isles I (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 1–12 13. Flechner, R. (2016): 'Conversion: reflections on the state of the art', in R. Flechner and M. Ní Mhaonaigh, eds., The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World. Converting the Isles I (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 41–60 14. Davies, W. and R. Flechner (2016): 'Conversion to Christianity and economic change: consequence or coincidence?', in R. Flechner and M. Ní Mhaonaigh, eds., The Introduction of Christianity into the Early Medieval Insular World. Converting the Isles I (Turnhout: Breopols), pp. 377–398 15. Flechner, R. (2016): 'Introduction', in R. Flechner and S. Meeder, eds., The Irish in Early Medieval Europe: Identity, Culture and Religion (Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 1–18 16. Flechner, R. and S. Meeder (2016): 'Controversies and ethnic tensions', in R. Flechner and S. Meeder, eds., The Irish in Early Medieval Europe: Identity, Culture and Religion (Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 195–213 17. Flechner, R. (2017): 'Conclusion', in R. Flechner and S. Meeder, eds., The Irish in Early Medieval Europe: Identity, Culture and Religion (Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 231–241 18. Flechner, R. (2016) 'Normative texts as sources for conversion to Christianity in Europe', in Y. Fox and Y. Yisraeli, eds., Contesting Inter-Religious Conversion in the Medieval World (London: Routledge), pp. 77–95 19. Flechner, R. (2015): 'Pope Gregory and the British: mission as a canonical problem', in H. Bouget and M. Coumert, eds., Histoires des Bretagnes 5. En marge (Brest: Université de Bretagne occidentale), pp. 47–65 20. Flechner, R. (2013): 'The Chronicle of Ireland: then and now', Early Medieval Europe 21: 422–454 [Awarded the Michael Adams/ASIMS Prize] 21. Flechner, R. (2012): 'The problem of originality in early medieval canon law', Viator 43: 29–47. 22. Flechner, R. (2012) 'St Boniface as historian: a Continental perspective on the development of the early Anglo-Saxon church', Anglo-Saxon England 41: 41–62 23. Flechner, R. (2011): 'Patrick's reasons for settling in Ireland', Historia: Journal of the Historical Society of Israel 26: 5–20 24. Flechner, R. (2011): 'Patrick's reasons for leaving Britain', in F. Edmonds and P. Russell, eds., Tome: Studies in Medieval History and Law in Honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards (Woodbridge: Boydell), pp. 125–134 25. Flechner, R. (2009): 'An Insular tradition of ecclesiastical law: fifth to eighth century', in J. Graham-Campbell and M. Ryan, eds., Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings. Proceedings of the British Academy 157 (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 23–46 26. Flechner, R. (2008): 'Aspects of the Breton transmission of the Hibernensis', Pecia 12: 27–44 27. Flechner, R. (2008): '''Libelli et commentarii aliorum'': the Hibernensis and the Breton bishops', in K. Ritari and A. Bergholm, eds., Approaches to Religion and Mythology in Celtic Studies (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar), pp. 100–119 28. Flechner, R. (2005): 'Dagán, Columbanus, and the Gregorian mission', Peritia 19: 65–90 [Awarded the John Rhŷs Prize] 29. Flechner, R. (2004): 'Paschasius Radbertus and Bodleian Library, MS. Hatton 42', Bodleian Library Record 18: 411–421 30. Flechner, R. (2003): 'The making of the Canons of Theodore', Peritia 17–18: 121–143 .................................................................................................BOOK REVIEWS.................................................................................................. 31. Flechner, R. (2019): Review of Bruce Frier, et al., The Codex of Justinian: A New Annotated Translation, with Parallel Latin and Greek Text, vols. 1, 2 and 3, for Early Medieval Europe 27.2: 305–307 32. Flechner, R. (2017): Review of Rob Meens, Penance in Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 2014) for The Medieval Journal 6.2: 144–147 33. Flechner, R. (2014): Review of Thomas O Loughlin, Gildas and the Scriptures (Turnhout, 2012) for The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 65: 884–885 34. Flechner, R. (2012): Review of Malcolm Lambert, Christians and Pagans. The Conversion of Britain from Alban to Bede (New Haven, 2010) for The English Historical Review 127: 401–403 35. Flechner, R. (2012): Review of Richard Hoggett, The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion (Woodbridge, 2010) for The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63: 365–366 36. Flechner, R. (2010): Review of Karen George, Gildas's De excidio Britonum and the early British Church (Woodbridge, 2009) for The Journal of English and Germanic Philology 109: 523–525 37. Flechner, R. (2008): Review of Thomas O Loughlin, Adomnán and the Holy Places (London, 2007) for The Irish Theological Quarterly 73: 403–406 38. Flechner, R. (2005): Review of P. Ní Chatháin and M. Richter, eds., Ireland and Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Text and Transmission (Dublin, 2002) for Éigse 35: 169–172

DEGREES

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