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Dr Christian Cooijmans BA, MSc, PhD, FRHistS, FSA Scot

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow Languages, Cultures and Film

Research

Late Medieval Historiography (Vikings in the Low Countries)

My current research project focuses on the methods and motivations with which medieval chroniclers across the Low Countries recollected, represented, and repurposed the viking phenomenon during a formative period of politico-cultural memory. By analysing the extant primary evidence, it traces longstanding processes of textual transmission, whilst illuminating late medieval representations of prior medieval societies, their inhabitants, and the external pressures placed upon them. It thereby augments a limited body of knowledge on Scandinavian and otherwise ‘foreign’ influences in medieval Netherlandish historiography, and provides appropriate analogical perspectives on the (mis)appropriation of historical movements across modern-day Europe.

Viking Activity across the Frankish realm

This ongoing research deals with the politico-economic exploits of vikings in and around the Frankish realm, which remain, to a considerable extent, obscured by the constraints of a fragmentary and biased corpus of (near-)contemporary evidence. My monograph on the topic, 'Monarchs and Hydrarchs', was published by Routledge in early 2020.

Research Grants

A Past in Progress: The Late Medieval Historiography of Viking Activity in the Low Countries

BRITISH ACADEMY (UK)

January 2020 - June 2023