Ph.D. - Columbia University
M.A. - Columbia University
B.A. - Columbia University
Awards and Honors:
Member of the Institute for
Advanced Study, Princeton (AY2008)
The U.S. Naval Academy's Service Excellence Award (2008)
The U.S. Naval Academy's Research Excellence Award
The U.S. Naval Academy's Excellence in Teaching Award
NEH Grant: "Teaching Ethics in the Humanities Core at
Dept. of the Navy Meritorious Civil Service Medal (1991,
Monographs and Edited
Alfred the Great: War,
Kingship and Culture in Ninth-Century England
Lordship and Military
Obligation in Anglo-Saxon England (University of
Co-edited with Barnard S.
Bachrach: The Normans and their Adversaries: Essays
in Memory of C. Warren Hollister (Boydell and
Selected Articles and Book
“What has Weland to do with
Christ? The Franks Casket and the Acculturation of
Christianity in Early Anglo-Saxon England.”
Speculum (July 2009).
“The Historiography of a Construct: ‘Feudalism’ and the
Medieval Historian.” History Compass. Online at
"Cultural Representation and the
Practice of War int he Middle Ages." Journal of
Medieval Military History 6 (2008): 1-31.
"Mercenaries and Paid Men in
Anglo-Saxon England." Pp. 143-66 in Mercenaries and
Paid Men: The Mercenary Identity in the Middle Ages.
Ed. John France. Brill, 2008.
"Paying the Danegeld: Anglo-Saxon
peacemaking with the vikings." Pp. 173-92 in War and
Peace in Ancient and Medieval History. Ed. Philip de
Souza and John France. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
"King Alfred the Great and his
Biographers: Images and Imagination." In David Bates,
Julia Crick, and Sarah Hamilton (eds), Writing
Medieval Biography, 750-1250: Essays in Honour of Frank
Barlow. Boydel and Brewer, 2006.
"Cowardice and Duty in
Anglo-Saxon England." Journal of Medieval
Military History 4 (2006).
"Alfred the Great, the
micelhaethen here and the viking threat." In
Timothy Reuter, ed., Alfred the Great: Papers from
the Eleventh-Centenary Conferences. Aldershot,
Hants.: Ashgate, 2003.
"From Alfred to Harold II: The
Military Failure of the Late Anglo-Saxon State."
In The Normans and their Adversaries (2001).
"English Tactics and Strategy in
the Late Tenth Century." Pp. 143-55 in The Battle of
Maldon A.D. 991. Ed. D.G. Scragg. Oxford: Basil
"Bookland and Fyrd Service in
Late Saxon England," Anglo-Norman Studies 7
(1985), pp. 1-25. Reprinted with additions in The
Battle of Hastings. Ed. Stephen Morillo.
Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1995. Reprinted Warfare in
the Dark Ages. Ed. John France and Kelly De Vries.
"The Participation of Women in
Languedocian Catharism," Mediaeval Studies 41
(1979): 215-251. (With E. Harrison).
My research has focused on the
military history of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England
from the eighth through eleventh century. I am
currently working on a book about the influences of
culture on the practice and representation of warfare in
the Middle Ages, 500-1500.
The Royal Historical Society, The
Charles Homer Haskins Society, The Mediaeval Academy,
The American Historical Society, The North American
Conference on British Studies, De Re Militari, AAUP