Dr Simon Trafford MA, DPhil (York)

Lecturer in Medieval History, and Research Training Officer

+44 (0)20 7862 8763

Simon Trafford is an historian of early medieval Europe, specialising in the interlocking histories of the British Isles and Scandinavia from c.750 – c.1100. Previous work has concentrated on migration and identity in the British Isles, but his current projects revolve around human interactions with the natural world – and above all with water – in the early middle ages. A keen scuba diver, he is a trustee and a member of the executive committee of the Nautical Archaeology Society.

His second research interest is in perception and reception of the middle ages in modern popular culture. A particular focus is the construction and use of the Viking image in mass appeal cultural commodities such as film, television and rock music.

He tweets at @SimonJPTrafford.

Publications include:

  • ‘Ethnicity, migration theory, and the historiography of the Scandinavian settlement of England’, in D. M. Hadley and J. D. Richards (eds.), Cultures in Contact: Scandinavian Settlement in England in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries (Brepols: Turnhout, 2000), 17-39.
  • (with Aleks Pluskowski) ‘Antichrist superstars: the Vikings in hard rock and heavy metal’, in D. Marshall (ed.), Mass Market Medievalisms: essays on the Middle Ages in popular culture (MacFarland: Jefferson, 2007), 57-73.