Dr Máirín MacCarron

Department of History

Honorary Research Associate


I am a Lecturer in Digital Humanities at University College Cork and Co-investigator of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project Women, Conflict and Peace: Gendered Networks in Early Medieval Narratives. I taught in the Department of History at Sheffield from 2015 to 2018 and am now Honorary Research Fellow in the Department.

Research interests

My research centres on the early medieval period, with a focus on Britain and Ireland, and an interest in these islands’ relationship with the Mediterranean World of Late Antiquity. Her current projects are:

Women, Conflict and Peace: Gendered Networks in Early Medieval Narratives: this project seeks to interrogate the concept of Woman as Peace-weaver in the early medieval west (c. 330–735) using ground-breaking quantitative and qualitative techniques.

Bede and Time: chronology, computus and theology in the early medieval world (Routledge, Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland): this monograph is the first comprehensive analysis of Bede’s thought on time and argues that Bede transformed his contemporaries’ understanding of the relationship between religion and science in the medieval world.

Teaching activities

Previous teaching activities: 


  • HST112 - Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
  • HST120 - History Workshop
  • HST114 - Pagans, Christians and Heretics in Medieval Europe
  • HST2506 - Medieval Women
  • HST204 - Warriors, Saints and Heroes in Early Medieval Britain
  • HST2023 - 1066 And All That
  • HST3115/3116 - King Alfred the Great - Between Vikings and Franks


  • HST6601 - Approaching the Middle Ages
  • HST6048 - The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Professional activities and memberships

Previous administrative activities:

Level I Tutor (Single Honours), 2016/17.

Public engagement

I am committed to the public understanding of history and the past, and frequently presents to local history societies and community groups.