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Professor David Rollason


MA (Oxford), PhD (Birmingham)

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Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


Funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2010-13), David Rollason has completed a project on royal and imperial sites in Europe from the Roman to the early modern periods, and published it as The Power of Place: Rulers and their Palaces, Landscapes, Cities, and Holy Places (Princeton University Press, 2016). Having convened a conference on bishops’ palaces at Auckland Castle in 2015, he has now edited the proceedings as Princes of the Church: Bishops and their Palaces (Routledge, forthcoming 2017). He is now embarking on a preliminary exploration, with Professor Morgan Pitelka (Chapel Hill University), of palace-cities in Japan, Europe, and the Middle East. Before that gets under way, David Rollason is completing the second edition of his Early Medieval Europe (Routledge, forthcoming 2017), and the edition and translation, with Professor Michael Lapidge (University of Cambridge), of Symeon of Durham, Historia de regibus Anglorum et Dacorum (Oxford Medieval Texts). He is involved with three other research projects: the Royal Scone RSE Network, Royal Residence in Early Medieval Britain, and People and Place:The Making of the Kingdom of Northumbria AD300-800.

Research interests

  • Royal and Imperial Sites in Europe
  • Palace-Cities in Japan, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Symeon of Durham's historical writing
  • Anglo-Saxon Northumbria


Authored book

  • Rollason, David (2016). The Power of Place: Rulers and their Palaces, Landscapes, Cities, and Holy Places. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
  • Rollason, David (2012). Early Medieval Europe 300-1050: The Birth of Western Society?. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Rollason, D. W. (2003). Northumbria 500-1100: Creation and Destruction of a Kingdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Rollason DW, D Gore & G Fellows-Jensen (1998). Sources for York History to AD1100. York Archaeological Trust.
  • (1989). Saints and Relics in Anglo-Saxon England. Basil Blackwell.
  • (1982). Mildrith Legend: A Study in Early Medieval Hagiography in England. Leicester University Press.

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Edited book

  • Rollason, David Leyser, Conrad & Williams, Hannah (2011). England and the Continent in the Tenth Century: Studies in Memory of Wilhelm Levison. Brepols: Turnhout.
  • Lambert, T. B. & Rollason, David (2009). Peace and Protection in the Middle Ages. Durham CMRS Monograph Series. Durham Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies/ Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies: Toronto.
  • Rollason, David & Prestwich, Michael (1998). The Battle of Neville’s Cross 1346. Stamford: Paul Watkins.
  • Rollason, David Harvey, Margaret & Prestwich, Michael (1998). Anglo-Norman Durham 1093-1193. Boydell and Brewer.
  • (1998). Symeon of Durham: Historian of Durham and the North. Stamford: Paul Watkins.
  • Bonner, Gerald, Rollason, D.W. & Stancliffe,Clare (1989). St Cuthbert, His Cult and His Community to AD 1200. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer.
  • (1987). Cuthbert: Saint and Patron. Dean and Chapter of Durham.

Edited Sources, Research Data Sets and Databases

  • Rollason DW (2000). Symeon of Durham. Libellus de exordio atque procursu istius hoc est Dunelmensis ecclesie (Church of Durham). Oxford Medieval Texts. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

  • Rollason, David (2009). 'The Royal Palace in the Early Middle Ages: Representation and Reality of Power'. Rekishi 113(September): 26-44.
  • Rollason, David (2009). 'The Origins of Kingship in England and on the Continent (published in Japanese translation by Keizo Asaji)'. Bulletin of Kansai University 29-57.
  • David Rollason (2008). St Aethelberht of Hereford and the cults of European royal saints. Cantilupe Journal 18: 8-26.
  • (1995). Hexham after the Vikings. Hexham Historian 5: 6-21.
  • (1993). The origins of parishes: a debate’, with John Blair and Eric Cambridge. Early Medieval Europe 2.
  • Rollason, D. W. (1986). Goscelin of Canterbury's Account of the Translation and Miracles of St. Mildrith (BHL 5961/4): An Edition with Notes. Mediaeval Studies 48: 139-210.
  • (1986). Relic-cults as an instrument of royal policy c.900-c.1050. Anglo-Saxon England 15: 91-103.
  • (1983). The cults of murdered royal saints in Anglo-Saxon England. Anglo-Saxon England 11: 1-22.
  • (1979). The date of the parish boundary of Minster-in-Thanet (Kent). Archaeologia Cantiana 95: 7-17.
  • (1978). Lists of saints’ resting-places in Anglo-Saxon England. Anglo-Saxon England 7: 61-93.

Other (Print)