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Dr Katherine Weikert is Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval European History. She gained her degrees at Evansville (USA) (BA), York (MA) and Winchester (PhD). Her main areas of research examine the connections between gender, space and authority in England and Normandy ca 900 - 1200, and female hostageships in the central Middle Ages and the political uses of the medieval past. Katherine has also worked in Collections capacities at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum. Previous academic positions include posts at the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University, Bath Spa University, and Harlaxton College, University of Evansville.

Dr Weikert is Co-Convenor of the University's interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Areas of expertise

  • Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman social history and archaeology
  • Gender history and archaeology
  • Social interpretations of space
  • Public history and visual representations of the past
  • Political medievalism
  • Topography and history



  • Medieval Hostageship c. 700 - c.1500: : Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker, eds M. Bennett and K. Weikert (Routledge Research in Medieval Studies series, 2016)

Journal articles

  • The Biography of a Place: Faccombe Netherton, Hampshire, ca 900 - 1200' Anglo-Norman Studies 37, 2015.
  • ‘Gender and Status in the Medieval World,’ co-written with Elena Woodacre. Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historique 42:1
  • ‘Valiant Losers,’ History Today, October 2016.

Book chapters

  • 'The (truncated) existence of Alice de Solers Rufus née de Huntingfield: medieval hostage, wife and widow,' in R. Smith and G. Watson (eds), Writing the Lives of People and Things, AD 500 - 1700: A Multi-disciplinary Future for Biography. Farnham: Ashgate, 2016, pp 13-27.
  • 'Fulfilling her duties as wife': the Empress Matilda, conception and motherhood in popular fiction, 1970 to the present,' in: C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Eras. Palgrave, 2016.
  • 'The Princesses who might have been hostages: the custody and marriages of Margaret and Isabella of Scotland, 1209-1220s,' in M. Bennett and K. Weikert (eds), Medieval Hostageship c. 700 - c.1500 (Routledge Research in Medieval Studies series, 2016).
  • 'The State of Play: Medieval Hostageship in Modern Scholarship,' co-authored with M. Bennett, in M. Bennett and K. Weikert (eds), Medieval Hostageship c. 700 - c.1500 (Routledge Research in Medieval Studies series, 2016).
  • 'Place and Prestige: Enacting and Displaying Authority in English Domestic Spaces during the Central Middle Ages,' in S. Stull (ed.), From West to East: Current Approaches in Medieval Archaeology. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014.


  • 'Creating a Choreographed Space: Anglo-Norman Keeps ca. 1100-1250.' International Journal of Historical Archaeology 21:2 (2017)
  • Gender, Authority and Space in Anglo-Norman England ca 900 - 1200. Boydell, 2018

In preparation

  • ‘Feminism, Fiction and the Empress Matilda,’ in Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers: Gender, Sex and Power in Popular Culture, eds Janice North, Karl Alvestad and Elena Woodacre.
  • ‘A Byrhtnoth for Maldon: Politics and Nationalism in the 2005 Commemoration’

Conferences and talks


  • 'Ely Cathedral and the Afterlife of Ealdorman Byrhtnoth,' invited speaker, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture seminar, University of Southampton, October 2015
  • 'Space, Politics and Monastic Society: Ely Cathedral in the 1150s,' invited speaker, Medieval Seminar Series, University of Cardiff, October 2015

Conference organisation and presentations

  • ‘Buildings, Spaces and Societies: Manorial Sites in Normandy, ca 1050-1200,’ European Association of Archaeologists Annual Conference, Vilnius University, August 2016
  • ‘Space and Material Culture,’ 1016/1066: New Perspectives Round Table, Leeds International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2016
  • ‘The Failed Men: Representing Gender and Defeat,’ 1016, 1066: Conquest Conference, Oxford University, July 2016
  • ‘The Past in the Present, the Foreign as Familiar: Memory and Memorialization at Ely Cathedral in the Twelfth Century,’ Annual Medieval Studies Institute Symposium, Indiana University (USA), April 2016
  • Strand organiser, The Modern Medieval: Use and Abuse of the Middle Ages in Modern Society, Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2015
  • 'The Empress Matilda, feminism and popular fiction, 1970 to the present,' The Middle Ages in the Modern World Biennial Conference, University of Lincoln, July 2015
  • Co-organiser, Masculinities in the British Landscape Conference, Harlaxton College, University of Evansville, May 2015
  • 'Familial identity in curated spaces: the late Anglo-Saxon elite household.' Lives and Landscapes of Early Medieval Wessex, University of Winchester, September 2014
  • 'Everything in its right place: the curated space of the elite Anglo-Saxon household.' Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2014
  • 'Familial Identity in Curated Spaces: The Use of Textiles from the Anglo-Saxon Wills.' International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (USA), May 2014
  • Organiser, Gender and Medieval Studies Conference: Gender and Status. University of Winchester, January 2014
  • Strand organiser, Medieval Hostages and Hostageships, Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2013
  • 'Free from the ties that bind: Family, hostageship and the loss of Normandy 1204-1205.' Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2013
  • 'Privacy, prestige and perception: the use of space and gendered authority in the Central Middle Ages.' Gender and Medieval Conference: Gender and Material Culture, Bath Spa University, January 2013
  • Session organiser, Constructs of Gendered Authority in the Central Middle Ages, Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2012
  • 'Privacy, prestige and control: Spatial constructions of authority at the estate in the Central Middle Ages.' Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2012
  • 'If they duly obey me: settlements and strategies in Anglo-Saxon wills.' University of Southampton Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture Research Day, January 2012
  • 'Two women of Wessex: Landscape, gender and memory in the tenth century.' British Federation of Women Graduates Annual Research Day, June 2011
  • 'Two women of Wessex: Parallel lives in the tenth century.' 23rd Annual Medieval Symposium, Indiana University (USA), April 2011
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