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 is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and 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.