Dr Simon Trafford MA, DPhil (York)
Lecturer in Medieval History, and Research Training Officer
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.
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.
- ‘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.