1066 and All That History


Dr Matthew Bennett; Dr Katherine Weikert; Dr Ryan Lavelle

On Friday 16 September 2016 the Trowbridge Civic Centre hosted an event entitled ‘1066 and All that History Conference’ which marked the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The all-day event featured talks from a wide range of experts on Anglo-Saxon and post-Conquest England. The participants included three members of the Winchester History Department: Dr Ryan Lavelle (Reader in Early Medieval History), Dr Katherine Weikert (Lecturer in Early Medieval European History) and Dr Matthew Bennett (Part-Time Hourly Lecturer in History.) All three were invited because of their expertise on various aspects of the Conquest and their talks reflected on their own specialisms: Ryan on the impact of the Anglo-Danish kingdom; Matthew on the three battles of 1066; and Katherine on the foreign queens of Norman kings. Lavelle, Weikert and Bennett were delighted to be invited to speak and enjoyed the experience.


Dr Matthew Bennett speaking on the three Battles of 1066.



Dr Ryan Lavelle speaking on the impact of the Anglo-Danish kingdoms

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Medical History Seminars

The University’s Centre for Medical History begins its third seminar series on Thursday 29 September with Professor Jonathan Reinarz from the University of Birmingham speaking on ‘Learning from your mistakes: a history of medical education in provincial England, c.1825-193’. Professor Reinarz has published widely on the history of hospitals, medical education and medical specialisation, including paediatrics and dermatology.

One of the centre’s great strengths in the past has been that the seminar series has held seminars on broad range of topic relating to the history of health and medicine through all historical periods. This year’s programme continues this tradition.

Later in the semester our own Professor Louise Curth will be giving her inaugural lecture on animal care in early modern England (more information to follow).

Below is the full list of seminars for this academic year. All are welcome.

Date Topic Speaker(s)
Thurs, 29 September

6 pm – Medecroft 16

 Learning from your mistakes: a history of medical education in provincial England, c.1825-1939 Professor Jonathan Reinarz

University of Birmingham

Thurs, 27 October

6 pm – Stripe Lecture Theatre

*For man & beast: animal health care in early modern England


Professor Louise Hill Curth

University of Winchester

Thurs, 24 November

6 pm – Medecroft 6

‘Christ the Physician walks the wards’: Medicine & religion in the Middle Ages Professor Carole Rawcliffe

University of East Anglia

Thurs, 26 January

6 pm – Medecroft 1

The soul takes a stroll: Early modern interpretations of a Hippocratic place Dr Guido Giglioni

School of Advanced Study, University of London

Thurs,   23 February

6 pm – Medecroft 16

Trends and transformations in sleep: practices, values and inequalities Dr Robert Meadows

University of Surrey

Thurs, 23 March

6 pm –  Medecroft 16

Health and Illness in 19th century Hampshire Sarah Lewin

Hampshire Records Office

Thurs, 27 April

6 pm –  Medecroft 16

Significant Impacts: Causes, Consequences and Treatment of Prehistoric Head Injuries Dr Martin Smith

Bournemouth University

Thurs, 25 May

6 pm – Medecroft 16

**A Theatre of Emotions: Sensibility and the Politics of Pain in Early Nineteenth-Century British Surgery Dr Michael Brown

Roehampton University

*RSVP mandatory for this paper only – email: public.lectures@winchester.ac.uk

**  Co-hosted with Centre for Modern History

For more information email the Head of the Centre for Medical History – Prof. Louise Hill Curth at louise.curth@winchester.ac.uk

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First History Research Seminar of the 2016-17 Academic Year

The History Department hosts four of the University’s research seminars: The Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology; the Modern History Research Centre; the Centre for Medical History and the Centre for Gender Studies. Members of the public are welcome to attend all of the department’s seminars.

The first seminar of the academic year will be hosted by the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology. Our former head of department, Emeritus Professor Michael Hicks will be speaking on ‘What went on in and around the Late Medieval church’. Professor Hicks has published widely on numerous aspects of the political, social and religious history of Late Medieval England. He is the former director of the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology and principal investigator of the ‘Mapping the Medieval Countryside’ and ‘Overland Trade’ research projects.

Emeritus Professor Michael Hicks, “What went on in and around the Late Medieval church”

Date and time: 22 September 2016. 6pm

Location: Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester.

[Details of all the department’s seminar programmes will be added shortly]

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Summer activities of Winchester staff

As we wrap up the second semester and prepare to disperse for the summer, here is the first in a series of entries letting you all know what faculty members are going to be getting up to during the next couple of months.


Cindy Wood is publishing a book based on her experience of teaching undergraduates the joy of medieval history. Studying Late Medieval History: A Thematic Approach will introduce students to many of the key themes of the period to help with a greater understanding of the period, for example, monarchy, warfare, the Church, women and chivalry. This covers Medieval Europe from 1300 to 1555. Published by Routledge it will be available via Amazon from 31st May.


Rob Houghton will be running a strand on Violence in Medieval Italy at the Leeds International Medieval Congress in July and a strand on History and Games at the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) conference in Abertay in August while Simon Sandall will be trawling through the archives in York, Canterbury, Norwich, Winchester, and London researching for his project ‘Shame and the courts in England, c.1550-1700’.

canterbury cathedral

We will post reports and pictures across the summer alongside details of other faculty members in their research and conference activities so keep an eye out.

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Kingship, Court and Society at the dawn of the Modern Age: the Chamber books of Henry VII and Henry VIII, 1485-1521

national archives

Funding Success! Leverhulme Trusts grants University of Winchester History £200,000 to fund a project entitled ‘Kingship, Court and Society at the dawn of the Modern Age: the Chamber books of Henry VII and Henry VIII, 1485-1521’.

The expense and receipt books of the King’s Chamber are the single most important source for understanding both the public rule (kingship, government, state finance – including the infamous ‘bonds and recognisances’) and the private life (material culture, alms-giving, and the rhythms of daily life at court) of Henry VII and Henry VIII between 1485 and 1521.


Historians have long used the Chamber Books, but never systematically as a result of their bulk (over 4,000 mansucript pages) and their organisation, mainly into daily entries, and they have never before been published. The project will provide a freely accessible digital edition, fully searchable and manipulable, and based on this resource, the project team will publish a major reappraisal of early Tudor kingship and the culture of the court.


The project will be led by Dr. James Ross, alongside Dr. Sean Cunningham at the National Archives, and two post-doctoral researchers, and will run for 2 years from Sept. 2016.

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Welcome back: a summer review

Welcome back to the Autumn semester at Winchester everyone! Hopefully you are all refreshed and ready to tackle the new academic year. Here is a look at what some members of the History department have been up to over the summer:

In addition to presenting papers at conferences at the Universities of Leeds and Lincoln, Dr Katherine Weikert also coorganized and ran the Masculinities in the British Landscape Conference with Dr Edward Bujak at Harlaxton College, University of Evansville. This conference saw speakers from all over the world at Harlaxton College, itself a gorgeous 19th century manor house. The conference also featured a paper from our own Dr Xavier Gueguin.

Conference Organizing Harlaxton College

In addition to this, Katherine did research at Anglo-Norman castles around England for a chapter of the social space of keeps in the period for a chapter forthcoming on buildings in society with Boydell & Brewer. This work took her to (among other places) Conisbrough, Dover (pictured below) and the Tower of London.


Throughout the summer Katherine has also been working on finalizing a volume on medieval hostages and hostageships with Dr Matthew Bennett. They were assisted in the editorial process by Ginger, who kept the papers warm while they debated some of the finer points of the Treaty of Norham.


Dr Carey Fleiner gave a paper in Lincoln at MAMO (along with Kate Weikert); hers was on the depiction of Queen Isabella of Angouleme, wife of John of England, in bodice rippers and in the movies. Other than that, the summer was spent pulling together all of the chapters of her monograph on the Kinks, outlining a chapter that will be a contribution to a collection of essays on Englishness and popular music, and collecting abstracts for a collection of essays on how Doctor Who has engaged with aspects of History and presentation of the past over the past fifty-odd years.

While spending his research leave working on his new project ‘Shame and the Courts in Early Modern England’, Dr Simon Sandall also presented at Kalamazoo International Medieval Congress in Michigan completing a strong University of Winchester presence along with Dr Gordon McKelvie and Dr Ellie Woodacre. He also submitted a chapter ‘Custom, common right and commercialisation in the Forest of Dean, c.1603-1640’ to be published in Bowen, J. and Brown, A. (eds.) Custom and Commercialisation in English Rural Society, c.1350-c.1750: Revisiting Postan and Tawney (University of Hertfordshire Press) this Autumn. In June, he also organised a conference at Winchester entitled ‘1215-2015: 800 Years of Riot and Protest’ which saw many excellent papers and discussions by a range of scholars including Professor Samuel Cohn of the University of Glasgow.

800_years - poster

Dr James Ross spoke at a conference on ‘Lords and Lordship in the British Isles, 1300-1600’ in St. Andrews on ‘The Miliitary Power of the Peerage under Henry VII’, but has mostly been writing and researching a short book for Penguin’s English Monarchs Series on Henry VI.

Dr Louise Curth was interviewed at Winchester Cathedral by Tim Wonnacut for ‘Bargain Hunt’ in early August. (This was a bit about the Civil War-era and the damage that was done in Winchester).

BBC interview with Tim Wonnacutt

This summer Dr Ellie Woodacre has been active with the Royal Studies Network, coordinating RSN sessions at the medieval congress at Kalamazoo in May and at IMC Leeds in July. She also took part in roundtables at both events; on ‘Debatable Rulers’ at Kalamazoo and on the future of digital/open access publishing at IMC Leeds. The highlight of the summer conference wise was Kings & Queens 4, which took place at the University of Lisbon in June-the first time that it has taken place outside the UK. This event was a resounding success, once again attracting a large group of international participants who are pictured here:

k&q4 delegates

The organizers arranged several receptions hosted by the University and by local government figures and the delegates also took part in two excursions to sites connected with Portugal’s Avis dynasty at Odivelas and Batalha. For a more detailed coverage of the event see the Royal Studies Journal blog: https://royalstudiesjournal.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/conference-report-from-kings-queens-iv/ . Issue 2 of the Royal Studies also came out in June: http://www.rsj.winchester.ac.uk/index.php/rsj/issue/current/showToc .

Finally, Ellie has kickstarted her research leave with a WRAP project with several Winchester students who were working on data for her upcoming monograph on Joan of Navarre, queen consort of Henry IV of England. The six students worked on late medieval primary sources, including several different types of administrative records to bring together information on the vast lands that Joan held as a part of the generous dowry agreement that Henry IV made with his new bride shortly after their wedding (at Winchester!) in 1403. The students collected data and put their results into a database and onto a special Google map-this has really help increase our understanding of Joan’s controversial dowry (much of which was seized by Henry V when he accused Joan of witchcraft in 1419).

Professor Trish Skinner submitted her book, Living with Disfigurement in the Early Middle Ages, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan US in its New Middle Ages Series (link is here but I’m not on it yet!: http://www.palgrave.com/series/the-new-middle-ages/NMAG/) The cover of the book will feature a (rather later) wall-painting from the church of St Cadoc, Llancarfen, S. Wales, depicting ‘Anger’ [photo courtesy of Dr Christina Welch, Dept of Theology, Religion and Philosophy].

Anger St Cadoc

Trish’s next project is a broader, collaborative history of facial difference, and she is joined at Winchester this year by Dr Emily Cock, a specialist on early modern surgery.

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Encountering Perpetrators of Mass Killings, Political Violence and Genocide: programme


Emiliano Perra and Kara Critchell are the organisers of the conference Encountering Perpetrators of Mass Killings, Political Violence and Genocide, which will be held at the University of Winchester between 1-3 September 2015.

Programme and registration details are available at the conference blog https://encounteringperpetrators.wordpress.com/

The conference is organised under the aegis of the Modern History Research Centre at the University of Winchester and it has received generous funding from the British Association for Holocaust Studies (BAHS).

The keynote speaker is Professor Donald Bloxham (University of Edinburgh), ‘Working on Perpetration: Do We Need to Justify It?’

University of Winchester students can attend the papers for free.

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