Lecturer in Medieval History

Elina Screen

  • I came to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Early Medieval History in 2012.

  • I am General Editor of the Medieval European Coinage project.

  • I enjoy integrating archaeological and material evidence alongside the written sources in my teaching.

Elina Screen


For undergraduates, I teach the paper History of the British Isles, 1: c.300-1100, which can be studied in either the first year or the second year. I have also often helped teach the theory and methods paper, Disciplines of History, which Trinity historians study in their second year. I have regularly taught and lectured on other medieval History papers for the Faculty of History, most recently the first-year Optional Subject on the Mongols.


I explore the experience of participating in economic and political networks in the early middle ages, c. 750-1100, focusing on Francia under the Carolingians, Anglo-Saxon England and Scandinavia and the Baltic. I use the coinage evidence alongside written sources, especially royal charters, to explore questions including economic practices, concepts of value and the transmission of ideas.

I am currently working on the gendered use of coins in the early middle ages, and completing my monograph on the Carolingian emperor Lothar I (795-855), Lothar I and the Remaking of Francia, 843-855. I am President of the British Numismatic Society and General Editor of the Medieval European Coinage Project. This British Academy Research Project, based at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, is publishing a history of European coinage c.400-1500 in 20 volumes.

Selected Publications

‘Carolingian fathers and sons in Italy, 822-55’, in C. Gantner and W. Pohl (eds.), After Charlemagne: Carolingian Italy and its Rulers (Cambridge, 2021), 148-63 

‘Coins as an indicator of communications between the British Isles and Scandinavia in the Viking age’, in J. Gruszczyński, M. Jankowiak and J. Shepard (eds.), Viking-Age Trade: Slaves, Silver and Gotland (Abingdon, 2021), 377-95

‘Coining it? Carolingian rulers and the Frankish coinage, c.750-900’, History Compass (8 August 2019), doi: 10.1111/hic3.12591

The Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles, 66: Norwegian Collections, Part II (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2015)

‘Small doors on the Viking age: the Anglo-Saxon coins in Norway project’, British Academy Review 24 (Summer 2014), 42-5 (an article in the British Academy’s magazine for general audiences)

Dr Screen

I’m fascinated by coins: they are physical objects and form part of material culture, but they also give us valuable written evidence through their inscriptions.