Ms Caitlin Ellis, Gonville & Caius

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Dr E Rowe

Biographical Information

Caitlin is a PhD student in the department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, working on a comparison Orkney and Dublin as Scandinavian settlements abroad, balancing the nature and extent of their ties to Scandinavia proper with their ties to their more immediate neighbours in Britain and Ireland. Her thesis title is ‘The Identity and International Relations of Orkney and Dublin in the long eleventh century’. This project covers political, ecclesiastical, economic and cultural connections.

She also completed a BA and MPhil—on the topic of contact between mainland Pictland and Scandinavia, entitled ‘Trade, Power, Picts, Vikings: Interactions in northeastern Scotland’—in the same department. In 2013 she received the University of Cambridge Wallenberg Essay Prize and the Catherine Yates Memorial Prize for her undergraduate work.

Research Interests

Vikings in Britain and Ireland; cultural contacts and interactions; migration and diaspora; the emergence and formation of nations and identities; the relationship between trade/economics and political power; trade networks and maritime connections; kingship; the overlap between political and ecclesiastical spheres; the start of the ‘Viking Age’; literary propaganda; conversion to Christianity; Norse and Irish literature

Areas of Supervision

Scandinavian history in the Viking Age; the Gaelic-speaking peoples from the fourth century to the twelfth; Sea Kings and the Celtic-speaking World, c. 1014–1164

Selected Publications

Editor-in-Chief of Quaestio Insularis 16 (2015), the peer-reviewed proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, which was held in 2015 on the theme of 'Communication and Control'.

The Literary Encyclopedia entries: c. 789 The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records the first Viking raids on England; 793 The Vikings sack the island abbey of Lindisfarne, off the northeastern coast of England; c. 900 Norwegians settle in Scotland and North-West England; 856–1016 Danegeld