Ian S. Ward
Ian is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate, currently completing his dissertation on the early-medieval oath of loyalty and the transformation of identities in Europe, from the Carolingian to the post-Carolingian period, roughly 800 to 1000 AD. His current research interests concern the legacy of Frankish empire in the middle ages and processes of change in the aftermath of its political disintegration. More widely, he is interested in legal culture and historiography between 700 and 1200 AD. His previous projects include studies of military technology on the Carolingian periphery, text analyses of ninth- and tenth-century literature, early medieval semantics, and work on post-Carolingian legal manuscripts.
A New England native, Ian received his undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and his M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in 2010.