Hullo the onlooker. This is an occasional column, or similar, by me, Jonathan Jarrett, M. A. (Cantab.), Ph. D. (Lond.), for whatever may be occupying my mind on matters medieval and so forth. Matters medieval is kind of what I do: I am currently employed as a lecturer in medieval history and when I’m not teaching it I’m probably reading about it, finding it in archives or standing on it. Or, of course, writing about it, including here. All this builds on research projects and employment in various academic and para-academic rôles in my past.
What were those projects and rôles, you may ask? And if the point of this exercise isn’t self-publicity, what is it eh? Well, I:
- worked on the political relations of the kingdoms of really early medieval Britain at Masters level, which left me with stuff to say about the supposed matriliny of the Picts and the structure of the Pictish kingdom, as well as some ideas about its relationships with other kingdoms;
- moved on to a field with actual evidence for my Ph.D., whose title was (is) “Pathways of Power in late-Carolingian Catalonia”, and which looked at the way in which you can reconstruct power relations and therefore politics (high- and low-level) through the associations of people in charter material;
- published a paper about a nunnery run by a Count’s daughter;
- gave a few papers at conferences here and there–I’m still doing this, and the sidebar should tell you where next;
- I taught the subject in, er, four different higher education institutions (and if you want to know what and where, my CV is here);
- meanwhile, I landed a post as Research Assistant in the Department of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, where I did a few bits and pieces you can see on the web, published a professional booklet and article, and enjoyed a post that kept me alive for several years in very good company;
- and while that was happening I was able meanwhile to publish a couple more academic papers and reviews, and continue presenting and organising conference papers;
- and the present state of things is that I am now, as I say, a lecturer at a place you’ve probably heard of, and having a thoroughly good time, not least because since I started here various print delays have resolved and I am now also the author of a book, a book chapter, another paper and another review. You can buy the book here, if you want (and why wouldn’t you?)
And there I currently am, with various further plans in ferment meanwhile. The sidebar should enable you to see what I’m busying myself with in that line. Anyway, this will serve for an introduction. If you need to know more, comment here or else use these contact details to get in touch with me. I hope you enjoy reading the blog!
Lastly, however, I should say that all text on this blog except names, titles and quoted material is my own, and that I claim copyright in it under English law. You may not reproduce it without my permission except as governed by fair use legislation in English law. I have pursued infringements on my material before and will do again if necessary. On the other hand, I make no claim of copyright on the images used in the blog, many of which are not mine anyway; they remain subject to the copyrights or licenses under which I obtained them and the right to use them, where that was restricted, and those that I made, I place in the public domain except where they depict objects held by public institutions. There’s a legal argument about what rights they can claim in my images, but I don’t want to have it because of here!