I am a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, teaching both subject specific and generic historical themes. These include, the Crusades; material culture; monasticism; local history; medieval death and the late medieval period in general.
My research areas are religion in the late medieval period, intercession, churches and the late medieval royal family. Having studied both history and archaeology as an undergraduate and in postgraduate studies, physical evidence is as important to me as documentary evidence in all my research. My publications and conference papers to date reflect these interests.
I am also involved in a local project collecting and collating graffiti in Winchester Cathedral with students with the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Project (WRAP) and have links with the Hampshire Field Club Graffiti Group. I am also on the editorial board of the Southern History Society, as Hon. Membership Secretary and also Secretary of the Friends of Clarendon Royal Palace.
I completed my PhD at the University of Winchester in 2010 on the subject of ‘Cage Chantries and Their Role in Late Medieval Religion, c. 1366 to 1555’. This comprised an investigation of 54 cage chantries, located in many of the major churches and cathedrals in England, in terms of both their physical and documentary evidence. This included a considerable number of monastic chantries. My MA dissertation, also completed at Winchester (2004), examined the chantries of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Areas of expertise
- Medieval cage chantries
- Medieval death
- Medieval churches/chapels
- Historical graffiti
- Studying Late Medieval History: A Thematic Approach. Routledge, 2016.
- 'William Wykeham, bishop of Winchester (1366-1404) and His Preparations for Death', Dying Prepared in Late Medeival and Early Modern Northern Europe, (eds.) A. Lahtinen & M. Korpiola (Helsinki, Brill, 2018)
- 'Chantries and chantry chapels', Cathedrals and Monasteries: A Chrsitianty and Culture Resource, (ed.) D Dyas, University of York (CD)
- ‘The Chantries and Chantry Chapels of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle’, Southern History 31 (2009), pp 48-74.
- ‘The Cage Chantries of Christchurch Priory’, Memory and Commemoration in Medieval England, Proceedings of the 2008 Harlaxton Symposium, eds C. M. Barron & C. Burgess (Donington, 2010), pp 234-51
'The Passhe/Plummer Chantry in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle’, Annual Report of the Society of the Friends of St George’s and Descendants of the Knights of the Garter, Vol.VIII, No 4, 2003, pp 178-83.
- St. Paul's Cathedral: History and Archaeology, J. Schofield (Oxford, 2016) - Society of Antiquaries 2017
- The Church in Devon, 400-1560, N. Orme (Exeter, 2013) - Southern History Society 2014
- The Accounts of the Guild of the holy Trinity, Luton, 1526/7-1546/7, (ed.) B. Tearle (Woodbridge, 2012) - Journal of Population Studies 2015
- Commonwealth and the English Reformtion, Protestantism and the Politics of Religious Changer in the Gloucester Vale, B. Lowe (Farnham, 2010) -Southern History Society 2015
- Saving the Souls of Medieval London. Perpetual Chantries at St Paul’s Cathedral, c. 1200 - 1548, M.-H. Rousseau (London, 2011)- Institute of Historical Research online reviews.
- The Cult of St. George in Medieval England, J. Good (Woodbridge, 2009) - College of Arms, 2009
- St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in the Fourteenth Century, N. Saul [ed.] )Woodbridge, 2005) & The Royal Funerals of the House of York at Windsor, A.F. Sutton, L. Visser-Fuchs & R.A. Griffiths (London, 2005) in Journal of Southern History, 27 (2007)