Photo of Harry Mawdsley.Harry Mawdsley

Title: Exile in the Post-Roman Successor States, 439 - C.650
Period: Pre 1500
Funded by: AHRC Studentship
Start year: 2014

Primary: Professor Julia Hillner | Secondary: Dr Charles West

Semester Two 2018/19 Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00-11:00; Thursdays 11:00-12:00


Academic background

  • M.A. The Classical and Ancient World (Distinction), University of Sheffield, 2014
  • B.A. (Hons) History (First Class), University of Sheffield, 2013

Research topic

In my thesis, I will examine the development of the penalty (or rather the penalties) of exile in the various kingdoms that replaced the Western Roman Empire.

Drawing on legal as well as literary sources, I will investigate the extent to which exile was maintained along Roman lines, as well as the various political, social, and religious factors that encouraged rulers to banish their subjects. As part of this, I will also be adopting a comparative perspective to determine the ways in which the application and experience of exile differed between kingdoms.


Conference papers

  • 'The application of exile in the post-Roman west: A thematic study', International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2017
  • 'Continuity and Change in the Penalty of Exile in Late Antiquity 300 – 550', Doktorandenkolloquium, Frankfurt, June 2016
  • 'The penalty of exile in the post-Roman west 450-650', Medieval and Ancient Research Seminars, Sheffield, March 2016
  • 'Mapping clerical exile in the post-Roman west: A Vandal Case-Study', XVII. International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, August 2015

Book chapters

  • 'Mapping clerical exile in the Vandal Kingdom, 435-484', in J. Engberg, J. Hillner, J. Ulrich (eds.), Late Antique Clerics in Exile (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2016)


Public Engagement

Public engagement

  • Information on the wider clerical exile project can be found here. The project is also on twitter.
  • I am attached to the project ‘The Migration of Faith: Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity’. Information on the project can be found here.
Affiliations and Awards


  • 2014-17: AHRC Doctoral Studentship
  • 2017: Learned Society Fund for PhD students
  • 2015: Classical Association Conference Bursary