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Dr Elina Screen

  • Overview



    After completing my PhD on ninth-century Francia at the University of Cambridge, I worked in the Department of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge as a research associate on the Medieval European Coinage project and the Anglo-Saxon Coins in Norway project. This triggered my enduring fascination with coins and their potential to illuminate the past. Subsequently I have held fixed-term lectureships including at the University of St Andrews and at the University of Oxford. I am increasingly engaged by themes in global history in my research and teaching.


    • The Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles, 65-66:  Norwegian Collections, Parts I and II (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2013 and 2015)

    • ‘Coining it? Carolingian rulers and the Frankish coinage, c.750-900’, History Compass (8 August 2019), doi: 10.1111/hic3.12591

    Office hours

    4.30-5.30pm on term-time Thursdays (in person), or via Teams at a mutually convenient time. My office is on the top floor of a building with no lift, so the accessibility is poor. I am always happy to meet students in an accessible room - please get in touch to arrange this.


    • MA History (Cantab)
    • MPhil in Medieval History (Cantab)
    • PhD in Medieval History (Cantab)
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Chair, MA Exam Board, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
    • Peer networks co-ordinator, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology

    Professional activities

    I am General Editor of the Medieval European Coinage Project, a British Academy project based at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Early medieval political and economic history
    • Numismatics
    • Charters

    Research overview

    My research explores the experience of participating in economic and political networks in the early middle ages. I use written and coinage evidence to explore questions including economic practices, concepts of value and regional boundaries in Francia, the Viking world and England c. 750-1100. I am currently completing my monograph on the Carolingian emperor Lothar I (795-855), Lothar I and the Remaking of Francia, 843-855, which draws in particular on the royal charters. I also work on the movement of Anglo-Saxon coins within Scandinavia and the Baltic as evidence for trade links and cultural transfers, and am developing a project on rivers and maritime connections.

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working on the early medieval West, c. 300-1000, especially Francia; on Scandinavia and the Baltic, c. 700-1100; and on charters and Western numismatics.


    Teaching modules

    • Exploring the Past (SSHC407S5)
    • The Medieval World: From Constantine to the Khans (SSHC409S4)
    • Stories in Stuff: the medieval and early modern worlds in 20 texts and objects (SSHC540S6)
    • Queens, Empresses and Khatuns: Women and Power, 300-1300 (SSHC541S5)
    • Queens and empresses 300-1000 (SSHC542S7)
  • Publications


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