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Dr. Ryan Kemp

Ryan Kemp.jpgRheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft,
Abt. für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit und Rheinische Landesgeschichte
Am Hofgarten 22, 53113 Bonn

Raum 2.013

Telefon / Phone: +49 228 73-1922

 E-mail: ryankemp[at]



Vita / CV

Dr Ryan Kemp studied at St Peter’s College, Oxford and Aberystwyth University, completing a PhD in Medieval History at the latter, supervised by Professor Björn Weiler (Aberystwyth) and Professor Sarah Hamilton (Exeter). He is currently a Visting Researcher at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship. His project there examines how critics of royal power were represented in high medieval Europe. His primary research interests lie in the political culture of the High Middle Ages, particularly the study of kingship, the episcopate, and the ideals and practice of political criticism.

Forschungsprojekte/ Research projects

  • Aktuell /current: Speaking Truth to Power in High Medieval Europe (Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship)
  • Abgeschlossen / completed: Kingship in twelfth-century English and German saints’ lives and bishops’ biographies (PhD, funded by AHRC South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership)

Publikationen/ Publications

Aufsätze / Articles:

  • ‘Advising the King: Kingship, Bishops and Saints in the Works of William of Malmesbury’ in Discovering William of Malmesbury, ed. Rodney M. Thomson, Emily Dolmans & Emily A. Winkler (Woodbridge, 2017), 65-80.
  • ‘Hugh of Lincoln and Adam of Eynsham: Angevin kingship reconsidered’, Haskins Society Journal 30 (2020)

Rezensionen / Book reviews:

  • ‘Sulpicius Severus’ Vita Martini. Edited by Philip Burton’, History 104 (2019), 731-732.
  • ‘Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life by Robert E. Lerner’, Medievally Speaking, [accessible online at].
  • ‘Edward III and the war at sea: the English navy, 1327–1377, by Graham Cushway’ Intelligence and National Security, 31 (2015), 787-789.