Roger Collins

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Roger Collins (* 1949 ) is a British historian who mainly deals with the history of the Middle Ages .

Roger Collins studied at St Cross College of the University of Oxford in Peter Brown and John Michael Wallace Hadrill . After teaching ancient and medieval history in Liverpool and Bristol, he has been teaching at Edinburgh University since 1994 . In 1998 he became an Honorary Fellow there.

Collins primarily researches the history of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages . His work Early Medieval Europe , published for the first time in 1991, is generally regarded as a standard work and was published in 2010 in a completely revised third edition. In contrast to some other researchers, he emphasizes the need for narrative , a narrative form of representation in which the often neglected political history is also taken into account. In addition to numerous specialist articles and contributions to anthologies (such as the New Cambridge Medieval History ), Collins has written several monographs on early medieval history. His specialty is the history of early medieval Spain.

In addition, Collins deals with the overarching history of the papacy and early medieval historiography.


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  1. Catalog entry (LoC)
  2. See Roger Collins: Making Sense of the Early Middle Ages. In: English Historical Review . Volume 124, 2009, pp. 641-665.