Born and raised in the Hunter Valley, James completed his bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Sydney before moving to Cambridge to begin his PhD. This explored how the fabric cross that crusaders stitched onto their clothing transformed the ideology and vocabulary of crusading in different regions and languages between c. 1095 and c. 1250. James is currently adapting the finished thesis for publication under the provisional title The Crusading Cross in Language, Thought and Practice, c. 1095–c. 1300.
After completing his PhD, James returned to Australia and taught Latin, Old Norse-Icelandic, and Old and Middle English language and literature at the University of Sydney until the end of 2019. He moved to Adelaide in January 2020 to take up a lectureship in Medieval History at Flinders University.
PhD (History), University of Cambridge (2017)
M.Phil. (Medieval Studies), University of Sydney (2012)
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours) in Ancient History and Medieval Studies, University of Sydney (2010)
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