Dr Erik Niblaeus

Lecturer in Manuscript Studies

Fellow of Gonville and Caius College

Departmental and College Responsibilities

ASNC Tripos Part I:

  • Palaeography and Codicology

Supervision of postgraduate students in all areas listed under Academic Interests below.

  • Departmental Chair of Examiners.
  • Director of Studies for the following colleges: Clare, Fitzwilliam, Gonville and Caius, and Trinity Hall.

Academic Interests

The cultural and ecclesiastical history of western Europe in the central middle ages; manuscripts and book culture; liturgy and ritual; Scandinavia and German-speaking Europe in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

Selected Publications


Monograph: Mission and Medieval Empire: Germany and Scandinavia c. 1000–1200, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought).

Co-edited volume: Stefano Rapisarda and Erik Niblaeus, ed., Dialogues among Books in Medieval Western Magic and Divination, Micrologus’ Library 65 (Rome, 2014).

Journal Articles

‘The Peace Movement in Salian Germany: Manuscripts and Meaning’, Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique 117 (2022), 5–49.

‘Beautiful Power: Panegyric at the Court of Emperor Henry III (1039–56)’, Journal of Medieval History 47 (2021), 1–21.

‘Lords and Lordship in Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum’, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 15 (2019), 203–44.

Essays in Edited Volumes

‘Saxo and the Germans’, in A Companion to Saxo Grammaticus, ed. Lars Boje Mortensen and Thomas Heebøll-Holm (fortchoming).

‘“One Harmonious Form”: Liturgy and Group Formation in Central-Medieval Denmark’, in Political Liturgies in the High Middle Ages: Beyond the Legacy of Ernst H. Kantorowicz, ed. Johanna Dale, PaweĊ‚ Figurski and Peter Byttebier, Medieval and Early Modern Political Theology 4 (Turnhout, 2022), 239–54.

‘Arguing Divination by the Book: The Latin Fathers and Scriptural Categories of Foretelling’, in Dialogues among Books in Medieval Western Magic and Divination, ed. Stefano Rapisarda and Erik Niblaeus, Micologus’ Library 65 (Rome, 2014), 33–47.

‘De äldsta bibelfragmenten i Riksarkivet’ (= ‘The Oldest Bible Fragments in the Swedish National Archives’), in Fragment ur arkiven: Festskrift till Jan Brunius (Stockholm, 2013), pp. 211–19.

‘Cistercian Charters and the Import of a Political Culture into Medieval Sweden’, in Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Charters, ed. Jonathan Jarrett and Allan Scott McKinley (Turnhout, 2013), pp. 57–70.

‘Learning to Write in Southern Sweden: Liturgical Fragments and the Creation of a Culture of the Book’, in Teaching Writing, Learning to Write: Proceedings of the XVIth Colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine, ed. P. R. Robinson (London, 2010), pp. 146–54.