Harry Mawdsley


Thesis Title: Exile in the Western Successor-States (435 - c.650)
Funded by: AHRC Studentship
Start Year: 2014

Email: hemawdsley1@sheffield.ac.uk



Primary: Dr Julia Hillner | Dr Simon Loseby


Research Topic

My research examines the institution of legal banishment in the western successor states (435 - c.650). Exile as a statutory penalty was a feature of Roman law dating back to the time of the late Republic. Following the collapse of the Empire, it was quickly incorporated into the judicial systems of the so-called barbarian kingdoms. Drawing on both legal and literary sources, I am investigating how far the exile penalty was maintained along Roman lines, as well as the various political, social and religious factors that encouraged kings to banish their subjects.


Academic Background

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


Published work

'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, forthcoming 2016)


Conference papers

‘Mapping clerical exile in the post-Roman west: A Vandal Case-Study’, XVII. International Conference on Patristic Studies (Oxford, 2015)


Other work

  • Information on the wider clerical exile project can be found here
  • The project is also on twitter