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 movement of Anglo-Saxon coins within Scandinavia and the Baltic as evidence for trade links and cultural transfers, and completing my monograph on the Carolingian emperor Lothar I (795-855), Lothar I and the Remaking of Francia, 843-855. I am 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

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

‘Remembering and forgetting Lothar I’, in E. Screen and C. West (eds), Writing the Early Medieval West (Cambridge, 2018), 248-60

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

‘An unfortunate necessity? Hincmar and Lothar I’, in R. Stone and C. West, Hincmar of Rheims: Life and Work (Manchester, 2015), 76-92

‘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.