Dr Jonathan Jarrett

Research Assistant (Documentation), Department of Coins and Medals

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Jonathan Jarrett is responsible for the continuing documentation of the Department's extensive collection and its eventual upload to the online catalogue. This involves identifying and accessioning items where necessary, cataloguing them to the required standard and trouble-shooting the upload process.
His own research interests focus on power in the Middle Ages, the use of charter evidence by historians and the frontier between Christianity and Islam in early medieval Spain, especially in the area that has become modern Catalonia. He completed a doctoral thesis on this subject under the title "Pathways of Power in late-Carolingian Catalonia" at the University of London in September 2005, and a book based on this work is due to be published through the Royal Historical Society in December 2010. He has also taught medieval history in Birkbeck College, Kings College London and Queen Mary University of London.

Appointments and academic history

2009-2010 Teaching Associate, Department of History, Queen Mary University of London

2008-2010 College Research Associate, Clare College, Cambridge

2007 Assistant Lecturer, Department of History, King's College London

2006-2010 Research Assistant (Documentation), Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum

2005-2006 Research Assistant, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, working on the EMC & SCBI database projects

2005-2007 Research Assistant, Birkbeck College, University of London, to Professor Matthew Innes for the Lay Archives Group

2004-2005 Research Assistant, University College London, to Professor Wendy Davies

2003-2004 Assistant Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London

2000-2005 Birkbeck College, University of London, Ph. D. in History: Pathways of Power in late-Carolingian Catalonia

1998-1999 Pembroke College, Cambridge, M. Phil. in Medieval History incl. thesis: The Political Relations of the Kingdoms of Northern Britain in the Early Medieval Period

1994-1997 Pembroke College, Cambridge, B. A. (Hons) in History (M. A. as of 2000)


"Power over Past and Future: Abbess Emma and the nunnery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses" in Early Medieval Europe Vol. 12.3 (Oxford: Blackwells 2003), pp. 229-258

"The Political Range of Áedán mac Gabráin King of Dál Riata" in The Pictish Arts Society Journal Vol. 17 (Brechin: Pictish Arts Society 2008), pp. 3-24

"Digitizing Numismatics: getting the Fitzwilliam Museum's coins to the world-wide web" in The Heroic Age Vol. 12 (online at http://www.heroicage.org/issues/12/foruma.php, last modified 12 June 2009 as of 18 June 2009)

Coins in Collections: care and use. A guide to best practice produced by the COINS Project (Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum 2009), with assistance from Mark Blackburn, Klaus Vondrovec, Achille Felicetti & Jo Dillon

"Currency change in pre-millennial Catalonia: coinage, counts and economics" in Numismatic Chronicle Vol. 169 (London: Royal Numismatic Society 2009), pp. 217-243

"Settling the Kings' Lands: aprisio in Catalonia in perspective" in Early Medieval Europe Vol. 18 (London: Wiley 2010), pp. 320-342.

Rulers and Ruled on the Catalan Frontier, 880-1010: pathways of power, Studies in History (London: Royal Historical Society forthcoming)

"Archbishop Ató of Osona: false metropolitans on the Marca Hispanica" in Archiv für Diplomatik Vol. 56 (München forthcoming), pp. 1-41

"Centurions, Alcalas and Christiani perversi: organisation of society in the pre-Catalan 'terra de ningú'" in †A. Deyermond & M. Ryan (edd.), Early Medieval Spain: a symposium, Papers of the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar 63 (London: Queen Mary University of London forthcoming), pp. 83-109

"Coinage, Digitization and the World-Wide Web: numismatics and the COINS Project" in Brent H. Nelson & Melissa Terras (edd.), Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture, New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Tempe: University of Arizona Press forthcoming)