Roger Collins

Roger Collins ( b. 1949 ) is a British historian who mainly deals with the history of the Middle Ages.

Roger Collins studied at the University of Oxford with Peter Brown and John Michael Wallace - Hadrill. After teaching assignments for the elderly and middle story in Liverpool and Bristol, he has taught since 1994 at the University of Edinburgh. In 1998 he was there Honorary Fellow ( honorary member ).

Collins conducts research especially into the history of the late Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. His first published work in 1991 Early Medieval Europe is generally regarded as the standard work and has appeared in completely revised form in 3rd edition, 2010. Unlike some other researchers, he stresses the need for narrative, a narrative form of representation, in which also the often neglected political history attracts attention. Collins, in addition to numerous journal articles and contributions to edited volumes ( as the New Cambridge Medieval History) authored several monographs on early medieval history. His specialty is the history of early medieval Spain.

Furthermore, Collins deals with the overarching history of the papacy and the early medieval historiography.


  • Caliphs and Kings. Spain, 796-1031. Wiley -Blackwell, Chichester, inter alia, 2012, ISBN 978-0-631-18184-2.
  • Keepers of the Keys of Heaven. A History of the Papacy. Basic Books, New York, NY 2009, ISBN 978-0-465-01195-7.
  • The Fredegar Chronicles ( = Monumenta Historica Germaniae. Studies and texts. Band 44). Hahn, Hannover 2007, ISBN 978-3-7752-5704-6.
  • Visigothic Spain, 409-711. Blackwell, Malden MA, inter alia, 2004, ISBN 0-631-18185-7.
  • As editor along with Anthony Goodman: Medieval Spain. Culture, Conflict and Coexistence. Studies in honor of Angus MacKay. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke others 2002, ISBN 0-333-79387-0.
  • Charlemagne. Macmillan, Basingstoke, inter alia, 1998, ISBN 0-333-65054-9.
  • Early Medieval Europe, 300-1000. Macmillan, Basingstoke, among other things, 1991, ISBN 0-333-36824- X ( 3rd edition. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, inter alia, 2010, ISBN 978-0-230-00672-0 ).
  • Early Medieval Spain. Unity in Diversity, 400-1000. Macmillan, London ua 1983, ISBN 0-333-26283-2 (2nd edition ibid. 1995, ISBN 0-333-64170-1 ).
  • The Arab Conquest of Spain. 710-797. Blackwell, Cambridge, 1989, ISBN 0-631-15923-1 (several reprint editions ).
  • The Basques. Blackwell, Oxford, inter alia, 1986, ISBN 0-631-13478-6 (2nd edition ibid, 1990, ISBN 0-631-17565-2 ).