Chris is a medieval historian whose research explores the history of political thought and concepts of identity, with a particular focus upon France.
He is particularly interested in the history of the book, the thought of medieval chroniclers and in the way in which ideas were transmitted and received in the Middle Ages.
In 2007 Chris published his first monograph, a study of French perceptions of the medieval Empire and concepts of political organisation in the 13th and early 14th centuries. He is also the author of several recent articles concerned with late medieval political theory and hagiography.
In 2011 Chris co-edited the 'Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library', co-curated the exhibition ‘Through a glass, darkly’: Canterbury’s King James Bible – 400 Years of Mystery, Power & Imagination at UC's Central Library and created a related website 'Canterbury's King James Bible'.