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Jinty Nelson

Jinty NelsonEmeritus Professor of Medieval History

Jinty Nelson has spent her entire professional career at King’s, as successively Lecturer, Reader and Professor in the Department of History. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996, served as President of the Royal Historical Society from 2000-4, and was made a DBE in 2006. Her specialist areas of interest are in earlier medieval political and social history and she has published Charles the Bald (1992), and four collections of papers: Politics and Ritual in Early Medieval Europe (1986), The Frankish World (1996), Rulers and Ruling Families in early Medieval Europe (1999), and Courts, Elites and Gendered Power in the Early Middle Ages (2007). Jinty was elected President of the KCLA in 2008.

Why I was attracted to this field of work:

From childhood, I always wanted to study History and became increasingly committed while an undergraduate at Cambridge. After doctoral research at Cambridge, I hoped to pursue an academic career, and had the good fortune to be appointed Lecturer at King’s in 1970.

My time at King’s:

I never wanted to be anywhere else: for research and teaching, and also in terms of collegial friendships and support, King’s has proved an ideal place to be.

My favourite memory:

Attending the King’s 175th anniversary celebration at Westminster Abbey in 2004.

I’d most like to meet:

The undergraduates I taught in the early 1970s.

My favourite anecdote about King’s:

Just after I heard I’d got the lecturership at King’s I was taken out for lunch by two young colleagues (now long since very eminent professors – Peter Marshall and Paul Smith) to a nearby Italian restaurant known to them as The Morgue. There was a lot of laughter: a fair preview of life in the KCL History Dept.

My plans for the future:

Writing more history.

My hobbies and interests:

Music, theatre – well catered for if you work in the Strand!


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