Dr Erin Thomas Dailey

Associate Professor of Late Antique & Early Medieval History

School/Department: School of History, Politics, and International Relations



I am a historian who researches the greater Mediterranean world during the late Roman Empire and its early medieval successors (250-950). I am currently the Principal Investigator for an ERC-Consolidator Grant exploring 'Domestic Slavery and Sexual Exploitation in the Households of Europe, North Africa, and the Near East, from Constantine to c. AD 900 / AH 287' (Grant agreement No. 101001429). More information on this research can be found on the project's website:


My research began with the late and post-Roman West. I have subsequently expanded my horizons to include the whole of the greater Mediterranean world.

DoSSE Project

I am the Principal Investigator for a 60-month research project, funded through a €2m grant from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 101001429):

Domestic Slavery and Sexual Exploitation in the Households of Europe, North Africa, and the Near East, from Constantine to c. AD 900 / AH 287

The project (DoSSE) brings together a team of researchers to investigate the sexual exploitation of people enslaved within the households of the greater Mediterranean world. This research project will reconstruct the motivations and justifications behind the sexual exploitation of domestic slaves, identify how the lived experience in the household shaped the content of our sources, reveal how a common Roman inheritance impacted later practices, and map the similarities and differences in Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in the region. The result will significantly advance how scholars understands the transformation of the late Roman world.

For more information about the project, please visit 





• Radegund: The Trials and Triumphs of a Merovingian Queen (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023)

• Queens, Consorts, Concubines: Gregory of Tours and Women of the Merovingian Elite (Brill, 2015)

Edited Collections

Portraits of Medieval Europe, 800–1400, ed. with Christian Raffensperger (Routledge, forthcoming 2023)

Monastic Space through Time, ed. with Stephen Werronen, Bulletin of International Medieval Research, 19 (Institute for Medieval Studies, 2014)


• 'Gregory of Tours and Chlothild', in Transforming the Early Medieval World: Studies in Honour of Ian N. Wood, ed. by N. Kıvılcım Tavuz and Richard Broome (Kismet Press, forthcoming in 2023)

• 'The Horizons of Gregory of Tours', in Authorship, Worldview, and Identity in Medieval Europe, ed. by Christian Raffensperger (Routledge, 2022), pp. 17-37

• 'To Choose One Easter from Three: Oswiu's Decision and the Northumbrian Synod of 664', Peritia, 26 (2015), pp. 47-64

• 'Confinement and Exclusion in the Monasteries of Sixth-Century Gaul', Early Medieval Europe, 22 (2014), pp. 304-335

• 'Gregory of Tours, Fredegund, and the Paternity of Chlothar II: Strategies of Legitimation in the Merovingian Kingdoms', Journal of Late Antiquity, 7 (2014), pp. 3-27

• 'Introducing Monastic Space: The Early Years, 250-750', in Monastic Space through Time, ed. by E. T. Dailey and Stephen Werronen (Institute for Medieval Studies, 2014), pp. 5-25

• 'Misremembering St. Radegund's Foundation of Sainte-Croix in Poitiers', in Erfahren, Erzählen, Erinnern: Narrativ Konstruktionen von Gedächtnis und Generation in Antike und Mittelalter, ed. by Hartwin Brandt, Benjamin Pohl, W. Maurice Sprague, and Lina K. Hörl (Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press, 2012), pp. 117-140

• 'The Vita Gregorii and Ethnogenesis in Anglo-Saxon Britain', Northern History, 47 (2010), pp. 195-207

• 'Reappraising the Synod of Whitby', History Studies, 10 (2009), pp. 31–44




Doctoral researchers:

  • James Robert Burns, 'Slavery and the Households of Sixth-Century Gaul'
  • Sheida Heydarishovir, 'Domestic Slavery & Islamic Conceptions of the Past'
  • Muhammad Yousuf, 'Dietary Self-Denial and Gender in Early Islamic Sufism and Early Christian Monasticism'
  • Jessica Hodgkinson, 'The Participation of Women in Book Culture in England and Francia'

Please contact me if you would like to discuss potential doctoral research projects under my supervision. I am very happy to discuss such projects with prospective researchers. 


Media coverage

A recent interview, in which I discuss my work, can be found on the Iranian Medieval History website in English and Persian.
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