Robin Fleming is a professor of medieval history at Boston College. She writes on the political history of Viking, Anglo-Saxon, and Anglo-Norman England; early medieval material culture and osteoarchaeology; historical writing in the early Middle Ages; English law before the common law; the Domesday Book; and nineteenth-century medievalism. Her books include Kings and Lords in Conquest England (Cambridge University Press, 1991) and Domesday Book and the Law: Society and Legal Custom in Early Medieval England (Cambridge University Press, 1998).
While at Radcliffe, Fleming is completing a history of early Britain from late antiquity to the end of the eleventh century, titled “Living and Dying in Early Medieval Britain.” The book is as dependent on the evidence of material culture as it is on texts. It examines social relations and the evolution of social stratification and also the making of landscapes and communal identities across Britain’s English-, Welsh-, Irish-, and Pictish-language zones.
Fleming earned her PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was a junior fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows. She has also received grants and fellowships from the Bunting Institute; the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.