Staff Profile


Dr Paul Dalton

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923617

Profile summary

Before coming to Canterbury Christ Church University, Paul Dalton held a Scouloudi Research Fellowship at the University of London, a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Sheffield, and was employed for thirteen years at Liverpool Hope University College.

Research and knowledge exchange

Paul's primary research interests relate to the political, social and ecclesiastical history of England and Normandy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, including peacemaking and the reign of King Stephen. With Dr John Bulaitis and Dr Amanda Flather, Paul recently led a research and knowledge exchange project entitled 'Bridges to History and Employment'. This project explored, and sought to develop practical solutions for, the challenges faced by students in making the transition from pre-university to university education, and from there to employment. It was supported by funding from the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching and subject expertise

Paul currently teaches modules on the Norman Invasion of England, Medieval Europe c. 750-c.1250, the Crusades 1095-1229, Individual Studies, and King Stephen's Reign, 1135-54. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

External activities

Together with colleagues in the Department, Paul was the co-convenor of, and a speaker at, conferences on 'Cathedrals, Communities and Conflict', and 'Kent, The South-East and War between the Tenth and the Fifteenth Century', held at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2007 and 2012 respectively. He recently gave a public lecture, organised by the 'A Town Unearthed Project', on 'Folkestone in Late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England', at University Centre Folkestone.

The recent 'Bridges to History and Employment' project (see above) established links with a number of schools and colleges in Kent and Essex.  

Paul will be giving lectures on the Norman Conquest in the Spring to the Saddleworth Historical Society and the Shepherdswell History Society.  

Publications and research outputs

Paul's publications include 


  • Conquest, Anarchy and Lordship: Yorkshire 1066-1154 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1994 and 2002), xxii pp. + 345 pp. 

 Co-Edited Books

  • Rulership and Rebellion in the Anglo-Norman World, c. 1066-c. 1216: Essays in Honour of Professor Edmund King, ed. P. Dalton and D. Luscombe (Farnham, 2015)
  • Cathedrals, Communities and Conflict in the Anglo-Norman World, Essays in Honour of Professor Edmund King, ed. P. Dalton, C. Insley and L. J. Wilkinson (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2011), x + 258 pp.
  • Outlaws in Medieval and Early Modern England: Crime, Government and Society, c. 1066-c. 1600, ed. J. C. Appleby and P. Dalton (Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, 2009), xi + 184 pp.
  • King Stephen’s Reign (1135-1154), ed. P. Dalton and G. J. White (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2008), xi + 206 pp.
  • Government, Religion and Society in Northern England, 1000-1700, ed. J. C. Appleby and P. Dalton (Sutton Publishing, Stroud, 1997), xiii + 224 pp.


  • ‘The Accession of King Henry I, August 1100’, Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 43 (Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012), 79-109 
  • 'Geffrei Gaimar’s Estoire des Engleis, peacemaking, and the ‘‘twelfth-century revival of the English nation’’’, Studies in Philology, 104 (4) (University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2007), 427-54
  • ‘Sites and occasions of peacemaking in England and Normandy, c. 900-c. 1150’, The Haskins Society Journal, 16 (2006), 12-26 
  • ‘The topical concerns of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britannie: ...', Journal of British Studies, 44 (University of Chicago Press, 2005), 688-712  

Book Chapters

  • 'William the Peacemaker': The Submission of the English to William, Duke of Normandy, October 1066-January 1067', in Rulership and Rebellion in the Anglo-Norman World... ed. P. Dalton and D. Luscombe (Farnham, 2015)
  • 'Folkestone c. 990-c. 1154: Lords, Churches, Burgesses, and Castles', in A Town Unearthed: Folkestone before 1500, ed. I. Coulson (Canterbury, 2013)


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