Katy Cubitt

Katy Cubitt


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Personal profile


Katy Cubitt joined UEA in 2017, and is Professor Medieval History.  She previously worked at the University of York (1995-2016), and has held posts at the universities of Birmingham, Leeds and University College London.  Her research interests span the early medieval world, from the seventh-century Mediterranean and the papacy to England before the Conquest.  She has published widely on the Anglo-Saxon church, and is currently involved in the Leverhulme-funded network, ‘Reconceptualising Reform 900-1150: Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions’.  She is currently a member of the Royal Historical Society Council (2013-2017), President of the Norfolk and Norwich Historical Association, and a former REF panellist.


Professor Cubitt’s research and teaching interests include:

  • Early Medieval Britain, especially Anglo-Saxon England
  • Papacy in the early Middle Ages
  • The religious and cultural history of early medieval Europe

She would welcome applications from students wishing to work on these topics.

Key Research Interests

Katy’s research focuses on the religious culture of early medieval Europe, particularly on the history of the Anglo-Saxon church and the history of church councils.  She has published on bishops and clergy, saints’ cults and papal and Anglo-Saxon church councils, and has a particular interest in the history of the early medieval papacy and of the Mediterranean world in the seventh century.  Interdisciplinarity lies at the heart of her research, bringing together liturgy, literature and history, for example in the history of penitential ritual.  Recent interests include the political role of penance in the reign of Æthelred the Unready and apocalypticism in the writings of Ælfric and Wulfstan


She is currently finishing a monograph on penance in Anglo-Saxon England from 900-1066, entitled Sin and Society in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century.


Katy is a member of the Leverhulme-funded international research network, Rethinking Reform 900-1150  http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125213/research/3008/rethinking_reform_900-1150

and a former member of the AHRC network, CLASMA






External Activities

Katy Cubitt has a varied and extensive profile of external engagement.  She is President of the Norfolk and Norwich Historical Association and has worked with the Historical Association on schools educational materials for the study of Anglo-Saxon England and  worked with the Centre for Christianity and Culture, University of York on the production of digital educational products on the history of the church.  Katy contributed to Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 series, The Matter of the North on Hild of Whitby http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07q3gjw


She is a member of the Council of the Henry Bradshaw Society, and has just finished a term on the Royal Historical Society Council (2013-2017).   She was a member of the History Panel for REF 2014, and a former member of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Advisory Board.  From 2000-2003, she was Editor of Early Medieval Europe (2000-2006) and currently sits on its editorial board, and those of History and Nottingham Medieval Studies.  ith Prof John Hines, she is a Series Editor for Boydell's Anglo-Saxon Studies.


  In 2015, she was a member of the Quality Assurance Review Panel (with responsibility for research) appointed by University College Dublin to assess its History department.