Dr Ingrid Rembold

Junior Research Fellow

BA, MSt, PhD
Phone number: 
01865 289159

Ingrid began her studies at Merton College, Oxford, where she received a BA in History and an MSt in Medieval History before moving on to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, for her doctoral studies. After finishing her PhD in 2014, Ingrid held a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) postdoctoral scholarship at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. She was elected as a Junior Research Fellow in 2015.


Ingrid’s research to date has examined themes relating to governance, monasticism, and Christianization in the early medieval world. Her PhD dissertation reevaluated the process by which Saxony (modern-day north-western Germany) became Christian following its violent conquest (772-804) by the Emperor Charlemagne. In contrast to previous assessments, this dissertation argued that Saxony was successfully integrated into both the Christian church and Carolingian empire, and that the success of this transformation has important implications for how we view governance, the institutional church, and Christian communities in the early middle ages. Ingrid is in the process of adapting this dissertation for publication as a monograph.

Ingrid’s current project examines relations between ruler and monastery in the Carolingian world. The rise and continued success of the Carolingians, who ruled large swathes of Western Europe for almost one and half centuries, is increasingly explained in terms of their ability to insinuate themselves into monasteries and their local networks. Yet how the Carolingians came to establish influence over monasteries and precisely what that influence constituted remain unclear. Her study will examine the political ideology and personal relationships on which royal authority over such institutions was predicated.



‘The politics of Christianization in Carolingian Saxony’ (PhD, University of Cambridge, 2014).

Articles and Chapters:

‘The Poeta Saxo at Paderborn: episcopal authority and Carolingian rule in late-ninth-century Saxony’, Early Medieval Europe 21:2 (2013), pp. 169-96.

‘Rewriting the founder: Werden on the Ruhr and the uses of hagiography’, Journal of Medieval History, forthcoming 2016.

‘The Christian message and the laity: the Heliand in post-conquest Saxony', in N. Edwards, R. Flechner and M. Ni Mhaonaigh (eds.), Converting the Isles II: the Isles and the Wider World, Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Turnhout: Brepols), forthcoming 2016.