Dr. Patrick Wadden

Dr. Patrick Wadden
Associate Professor and Chair,

Meet Dr. Patrick Wadden

OF NOTE: Received his B.A. at Trinity College in Dublin and his Master of Studies and Ph.D. from University of Oxford in England.

KNOWN FOR: Exploring medieval history and the basic humanity we share with people from the medieval world.

When not in the classroom, can often be found: Researching and publishing works on the political, social and cultural history of early medieval Britain and Ireland, as well as Celtic Studies.

Popular quote: “Teaching is an opportunity to share my passion with students, and to help them discover their own. It is about giving them a chance to explore ideas and develop a better understanding of themselves and their place in the world. What could be more rewarding than that?”

Examples of the classes taught by Patrick Wadden:
  • An Introduction to the Middle Ages
  • Bede and his World
  • Historiography
  • The Crusades
  • History of the Benedictine Tradition
  • The Vikings
  • The History of Western Civilization I: to 1500
  • The History of Western Civilization II: since 1500
  • Beginners and Intermediate Latin
  • Leaders and Leadership in the Pre-Modern World
  • Eating and Drinking in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
  • B.A., Trinity College, Dublin
  • M.St., University of Oxford
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford

7. ‘Prímchenéla and fochenéla in the Irish Sex Aetates Mundi’, under review with the
editors of Ériu.
6. ‘Dál Riata c.1000: genealogies and politics’, Scottish Historical Review 95:2
(forthcoming, October 2016).
5. ‘The pseudo‐historical origins of the Senchas Már and royal legislation in early
Ireland’, Peritia: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland 27 (forthcoming, 2016).
4. ‘The Frankish table of nations in Insular historiography’, Cambrian Medieval Celtic
Studies 71 (forthcoming, winter 2016).
3. ‘Cath Ruis na Ríg for Bóinn: history and literature in twelfth‐century Ireland’, Aiste 4
(2014), 11–44.
2. ‘Do feartaib Cairnich, Ireland and Scotland in the twelfth century’, Proceedings of the
Harvard Celtic Colloquium 33 (2014), 189–213.
1. ‘Trácht Romra and the Northumbrian episode in Betha Adamnáin’, Ériu 62 (2012),

Early medieval Britain and Ireland; Celtic Studies; the Vikings

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