Rosamond McKitterick received the degrees of M.A., Ph.D., and Litt.D. from the University of Cambridge and also studied for a year (1974-5) at the University of Munich. She was promoted to a Personal Chair in 1997 and since 1999 she has held the Chair in Medieval History in the University of Cambridge's Faculty of History. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce, a Korrespondierendes Mitglied of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica and of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and a Corresponding Fellow of the medieval Academy of America. In 2002 she was the Hugh Balsdon Fellow at the British School at Rome and in 2005-6 Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study. In 2010 she was awarded the International Dr A.H. Heiniken Prize in History. She has presented many conference papers and lectures at universities in Britain, Continental Europe, North America and Australia. Her current work within the field of the early medieval history of Europe focusses on the degree to which a people’s knowledge and use of the past is an important formative element of political identity, as well as a means of articulating it. This interest in a people’s (re)construction, knowledge and use of the past is also part or her longstanding research on the role of the written word and books in the exertion of cultural influence.
The Frankish Church and the Carolingian Reforms 789-895, Royal Historical Society, Studies in History (London, 1977); The Frankish Kingdoms under the Carolingians, 751-987 (London, 1983); The Carolingians and the Written Word (Cambridge, 1989); Books, scribes and learning in the Frankish kingdoms, sixth to ninth centuries (Aldershot, 1994); Frankish kings and culture in the early middle ages (Aldershot, 1995); Anglo-Saxon missionaries in Germany: personal connections and local influences. The Eighth Annual Brixworth Lecture, Vaughan Paper No. 36 (Leicester, 1991);History and its audiences(Inaugural lecture) (Cambridge University Press, 2000); History and memory in the Carolingian world (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Perceptions of the past in the early middle ages, (Robert Conway Lectures (Notre Dame, 2006); Karl der Große (Darmstadt 2008 in English as Charlemagne: the formation of a European identity (Cambridge, 2008); Turning over a mew leaf: change and development in the medieval Book (with Erik Kwakkel and Rodney Thomson) (Leiden, 2012)
Books edited include Ireland in Mediaeval Europe. Studies in memory of Kathleen Hughes. Ed. with Dorothy Whitelock and David Dumville (Cambridge, 1982); The Uses of Literacy in Early Mediaeval Europe (Cambridge , 1990) ; Lasting Letters: An inscription for the abbots of St Albans (with Lida Lopes Cardozo) (Cambridge: Kindersley Cardozo, 1992); Carolingian Culture: emulation and innovation. (Cambridge, 1993); The New Cambridge Medieval History II: 700-900. (Cambridge University Press, 1995); (with Roland Quinault), Edward Gibbon and Empire (Cambridge, 1996); The Short Oxford History of Europe: The Early Middle Ages. Europe 400- 1000 Oxford, 2001) (also published in Spanish (Barcelona, 2002) and Polish (Warsaw 2006); The Times Atlas of the Medieval World (London, 2003 Oxford and New York , 2004); Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge IV.Music, Maps and Calligraphy, with J.Stevens, S.Tyacke and J.Whalley (Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, for Magdalene College, 1989); Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge V.Manuscripts Part I Mediaeval, with R.Beadle (Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge for Magdalene College, 1992); Rome across Time and Space. Cultural transmission and the exchange of ideas, c. 500-1400 (with Claudia Bolgia and John Osborne) (Cambridge, 2011).