Dr Fiona Edmonds

Reader in Regional History and Director of the Regional Heritage Centre

Research Overview

I am a historian of medieval Britain and Ireland, with research interests ranging from the sixth century to the twelfth. My work knows no borders, focusing on maritime connections and now-lost kingdoms. Particular areas of interest are the Irish Sea region in the Viking Age, and 'Middle Britain' (northern England and southern Scotland) prior to the Anglo-Scottish border. My monograph investigates links between the kingdom of Northumbria and the Gaelic-speaking world, and I have also worked on connections between Northumbria, Strathclyde and Wales. I have been involved in funded projects on Furness Abbey’s links across the Irish Sea and contacts between Britain and Brittany. I am interested in interdisciplinary work, for example combining historical and linguistic evidence through the study of names. I am the Director of the Regional Heritage Centre.

Carham: the western perspective
Edmonds, F. 8/11/2018 In: The Battle of Carham, a Thousand Years On. Edinburgh : John Donald p. 79-94. 16 p. ISBN: 9781910900246.

Languages and Names
Edmonds, F., Taylor, S. 2017 In: Northern England and Southern Scotland in the Central Middle Ages. Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer p. 137-172. 35 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

From medieval kings to modern politics: the origins of England's North-South divide
Edmonds, F. 25/02/2016
Other contribution

The expansion of the Kingdom of Strathclyde
Edmonds, F. 1/02/2015 In: Early Medieval Europe. 23, 1, p. 43-88. 46 p.
Journal article

H.M. Chadwick and 'Early Scotland'
Edmonds, F. 2015 In: H. M. Chadwick and the study of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic in Cambridge. Aberystwyth : CMCS Publications p. 199-214. 16 p. ISBN: 9780955718298.

Norse influence in North-West England: Jocelin of Furness's interpretation of the name 'Waltheof'
Edmonds, F. 2015 In: Journal of Scottish Name Studies. 9, p. 43-62. 20 p.
Journal article

The emergence and transformation of medieval Cumbria
Edmonds, F. 1/10/2014 In: Scottish Historical Review. 93, 2, p. 195-216. 22 p.
Journal article

Saints' cults and Gaelic-Scandinavian influence around the Cumberland Coast and North of the Solway Firth
Edmonds, F. 2014 In: Celtic-Norse relationships in the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages 800-1200. Leiden : Brill p. 39-63. 25 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

St Cuthbert, St Columba and Ireland: movements of relics in the 870s
Edmonds, F. 2013 In: Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 6. An Clò Gàidhealach p. 1-29. 29 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The Furness Peninsula and the Irish Sea region: cultural interaction from the seventh century to the twelfth
Edmonds, F. 2013 In: Jocelin of Furness. Donington : Shaun Tyas p. 17-44. 28 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

TOME: studies in medieval Celtic history and law in honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards
Edmonds, F., Russell, P. 2011 Woodbridge : Boydell and Brewer. ISBN: 9781843836612.

A twelfth-century migration from Tegeingl to Lancashire
Edmonds, F. 2010 In: Wales and the wider world. Donington : Shaun Tyas p. 28-56. 29 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

History and names
Edmonds, F. 2009 In: The Huxley Viking Hoard. Liverpool : National Museums Liverpool p. 3-12. 10 p. ISBN: 9781902700403.

Personal names and the cult of Patrick in eleventh-century Strathclyde and Northumbria
Edmonds, F. 2009 In: Saints' cults in the Celtic world. Woodbridge : Boydell and Brewer p. 42-65. 24 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The practicalities of communication between Northumbrian and Irish churches, c. 635-735
Edmonds, F. 2009 In: Anglo-Saxon/Irish relations before the Vikings. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 129-147. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Whithorn's renown in the early medieval period: Whithorn, Futerna and magnum monasterium
Edmonds, F. 2009
Other contribution

Barrier or unifying feature?: defining the nature of water transport in the North-West
Edmonds, F. 2007 In: Waterways and canal-building in medieval England. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 21-36. 16 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)