Dr Louisa Taylor
Lecturer in History at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Dr Taylor specialises in the study of elite culture in high medieval England, Scandinavia and Iceland using comparative approaches. She has worked on a diverse range of topics, including kingship, treason, elite behavioural ideals and norms, the use of violence, civil war, and clerical armsbearing. Dr Taylor completed a PhD at University College London entitled ‘Moderation and Restraint in the North: Ideals of Elite Conduct in High Medieval England, Norway and Denmark.’ From May 2017 until May 2019, she was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oslo working on the topic of civil wars. Before joining the University of the Highlands and Islands, she was a Lecturer in Medieval History at Aberystwyth University.
Dr Taylor has published a number of papers including the following articles and book chapters:
Bishops, War and Canon Law: The military activities of prelates in high medieval Norway, Scandinavian Journal of History, Vol. 45.3 (2020), pp. 263-285.
‘Moderation and restraint during conflict as ideal elite behavior in high medieval Scandinavia and Iceland,’ in Nordic Elites in Transformation, c.1050-1250. Vol III: Legitimacy and Glory, ed. by. Wojtek Jezierski, Kim Esmark, Hans Jacob Orning & Jón Viðar Sigurðsson (Abingdon: Routledge, 2021), pp.205-221.
‘The treatment of defeated kings in high medieval England and Norway: A comparative study,’ in Middelalder. Krig og konflikt, 1100-1300, ed. by Knut Arstad. (Oslo: Forsvarsmuseets småskrift, 2019), pp.113-140
‘Granting grið, Mercy and Peace: The Treatment of Opponents in War in eleventh- to thirteenth-century Norway and Denmark’, in Illuminating the North: Proceedings from the Nordic Research Network Conference 2013, ed. by Agnes Broomé, Pei-Sze Chow, Nichola Smalley, Louisa Taylor and Essi Viitanen (London: Norvik Press, 2014)