Dr Erik Niblaeus

  • College positions:
    College Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
    Director of Studies in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
  • University positions:
    Assistant Professor in Medieval Manuscript Studies
  • Subjects: Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic


MA in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (University of Cambridge), PhD in History (King’s College London)

Research interests

My research concerns the history of western Europe in the central middle ages, with a focus on the Christian church and its books and rituals. I am also interested in broader questions of literacy and ritual and in processes of religious change and conversion.

Teaching Interests

Medieval manuscript studies and palaeography, the history of Scandinavia and German-speaking Europe in the central middle ages.

Select Publications


Monograph: Mission and Medieval Empire: Germany and Scandinavia c. 1000–1200, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought).

Co-edited volume: Stefano Rapisarda and Erik Niblaeus, ed., Dialogues among Books in Medieval Western Magic and Divination, Micrologus’ Library 65 (Rome, 2014).

Journal Articles

‘The Investiture Contest in the Margins: Popes and Peace in a Manuscript from Augsburg Cathedral Library’, forthcoming in a special issue of Journal of Medieval History (2023).

‘The Peace Movement in Salian Germany: Manuscripts and Meaning’, forthcoming in Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique 117 (2022).

‘Beautiful Power: Panegyric at the Court of Emperor Henry III (1039–56)’, Journal of Medieval History 47 (2021), 1–21.

‘Lords and Lordship in Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum’, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 15 (2019), 203–44.

Essays in Edited Volumes

‘Saxo and the Germans’, in A Companion to Saxo Grammaticus, ed. Lars Boje Mortensen and Thomas Heebøll-Holm (forthcoming).

‘“One Harmonious Form”: Liturgy and Group Formation in Central-Medieval Denmark’, in Political Liturgies in the High Middle Ages: Beyond the Legacy of Ernst H. Kantorowicz, ed. Johanna Dale, Paweł Figurski and Peter Byttebier, Medieval and Early Modern Political Theology 4 (Turnhout, 2022), 239–54.

‘Arguing Divination by the Book: The Latin Fathers and Scriptural Categories of Foretelling’, in Dialogues among Books in Medieval Western Magic and Divination, ed. Stefano Rapisarda and Erik Niblaeus, Micologus’ Library 65 (Rome, 2014), 33–47.

‘De äldsta bibelfragmenten i Riksarkivet’ (= ‘The Oldest Bible Fragments in the Swedish National Archives’), in Fragment ur arkiven: Festskrift till Jan Brunius (Stockholm, 2013), pp. 211–19.

‘Cistercian Charters and the Import of a Political Culture into Medieval Sweden’, in Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Charters, ed. Jonathan Jarrett and Allan Scott McKinley (Turnhout, 2013), pp. 57–70.

‘Learning to Write in Southern Sweden: Liturgical Fragments and the Creation of a Culture of the Book’, in Teaching Writing, Learning to Write: Proceedings of the XVIth Colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine, ed. P. R. Robinson (London, 2010), pp. 146–54.

Other interests

Music and literature