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Dr Jenny Benham

Dr Jenny Benham

Reader in Medieval History

+44 (0)29 2087 5648
4.27 (4th Floor), John Percival Building
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Research interests

  • Political and cultural history of the early and high Middle Ages
  • International relations and medieval diplomacy
  • Early medieval legal history
  • Medieval warfare
  • Medieval Scandinavia

Current research projects


Education and qualifications

BA, MA and PhD University of East Anglia

Career overview

Before arriving in Cardiff in September 2013, I worked for several years outside academe, first in the legal sector and then in the publishing industry. I also spent five years as the lead teacher and Norfolk co-ordinator of the Civitas school in Great Yarmouth, and worked for three years as a project officer for the AHRC-funded project Early English Laws at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

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2000-2003       Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) PhD Studentship

1999-2000       AHRB Master Studentship

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2016 Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

2015 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy







  • Benham, J. 2017. Writing peace, writing war: Roger of Howden and Saxo Grammaticus compared. In: Munster-Swendsen, M., Heeboll-Holm, T. K. and Sonnesyn, S. O. eds. History and Intellectual Culture in the Long Twelfth Century: The Scandinavian Connection. Durham Medieval and Renaissance Monographs and Essays Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, pp. 272-294.
  • Benham, J. 2017. Danelaw. In: Echard, S. and Rouse, R. eds. The encyclopedia of medieval literature in Britain. Wiley
  • Benham, J. 2017. Treaty of Verdun. In: Martel, G. ed. Wiley-Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Diplomacy. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Benham, J. 2017. Treaty of Windsor. In: Martel, G. ed. Wiley-Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Diplomacy. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Benham, J. 2017. Peace of Venice, 1177. In: Martel, G. ed. Wiley-Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Diplomacy. Wiley-Blackwell







I welcome undergraduate students interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge of the political and cultural history of the early and high Middle Ages and Medieval war and diplomacy. The contents of the courses can be found below:

Undergraduate year one modules

Undergraduate year two modules


  • HST911 Approaches to the History of Medieval Britain
  • HST903 Themes in Ancient and Medieval Warfare
  • HST906 Epic Warriors: Achilles, Beowulf and Beyond

Law, Treaties and International Relations

This project investigates the relationship between treaties and domestic law in medieval Europe c.500 to c.1250. The study aims, in particular, to re-align the historiography on international law in the medieval period with its modern counterpart by setting it in a wider context of international relations and diplomatic practice, and exploring some of the textual and practical possibilities and problems of this context. As part of this project, the intention is also to identify all treaties of the early and high medieval period, translate them into English and provide them with a commentary on their historical context.

Early English Laws

Early English Laws is an AHRC-funded project to publish online and in print new editions and translations of all English legal codes, edicts, and treatises produced up to the time of Magna Carta 1215 and to provide each with introductions and full commentary on all aspects of the texts, language, and law. It aims to transform the way in which these improved texts can be used by scholars and will provide a comprehensive resource on early law. For more information about the project, see Early English Laws.


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