Dr Winkler’s research and teaching centres on Europe before 1200. She works primarily on historical writing, political thought and the reception of the classics in the early and central Middle Ages, with particular reference to the British Isles, the North Sea zone, and the Anglo-Norman world. Her work seeks to apply cross-disciplinary and comparative approaches to the past for a better understanding of medieval people and ideas.
Her first book, Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Historical Writing (Oxford University Press, 2017), examines ideas of moral and causal responsibility, historical contingency, and royal rulership in eleventh- and twelfth-century historical writing. In June she directed a major international conference on the Norman presence in the medieval Mediterranean. In the summer of 2017 she held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Mainz in Germany, where she worked on a research project about relationships in the remote past in Britain’s high medieval historical writing.
At present, she is writing an article on the changing attitudes towards kingship and queenship in tenth-century Britain, and a study comparing invasion narratives of the early medieval British Isles. Her current collaborative projects include a volume of essays entitled Rewriting History in the Central Middle Ages, c. 950–1250 and a new collection about the Normans in southern Italy and Sicily. Future projects include a monograph about the nature of historical writing in the medieval British Isles, and a shorter study on the Norman impact on visions of the past in the Mediterranean.
As Vice-President for the UK and Europe of the Haskins Society, a scholarly organization devoted to the study of the early and central Middle Ages, Dr Winkler plans and supports conference sessions on a variety of themes to support the Society’s international community of medievalists. Dr Winkler’s outreach activities have included organizing a major millennial anniversary event commemorating the Danish Conquest of England, speaking for local historical associations in Malmesbury, London, Aylesbury and Knutsford, and working closely with the alumni associations of Jesus College and St Edmund Hall to promote lifelong learning of history.
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