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’.

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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

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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.

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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: . Issue 2 of the Royal Studies also came out in June: .

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!: 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

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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1215-2015: 800 Years of Riot and Protest: University of Winchester, 25th-26th June 2015: programme

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1215-2015: 800 Years of Riot and Protest: 25th-26th June 2015, University of Winchester: St Alphege Building: Rooms 201 and 202

25th June 2015

9:00-9:40: Registration and coffee

9:40-10:00: Housekeeping and introduction

10:00-11:30: Panel 1

Gordon McKelvie: Livery and Rebellion in Late Medieval England

Sean McGlynn: Merci Beaucoup Pour le Magna Carta: Domestic Protest in England and the French, 1215-1225

Derek Crosby: Gladman and the Great Blow: A comparison of two riots in Norwich, 1443-1648

11:30-12:00: Coffee

12:00-1:00: Plenary 1: Juliet Barker: Barker: ‘England Arise: The People, The King and the Great Revolt of 1381’

1:00-2:00: Lunch

2:00-3:30: Panel 2

Elly Robson: Contested geographies in early seventeenth-century English forest enclosure riots

Rosalind Johnson: ‘An innovation too great for them to bear’: The Petersfield Meeting House Riot of 1722

Richard Aldous: The ‘Ratting’ of Paulet St John Mildmay, M.P., – The Power of Protest in a Pocket Borough in 1831

3:30-4:00: Coffee

4:00-5:30: Panel 3

Laura Naegler: A Riot Of Their Own: An instant ethnography of inner city riots and the ‘thrill-seeking youth’ in Germany

Clifford Stott: A picture of the pathology of the crowd: exploring ideology and politics in the history of crowd psychology (C19th France)

Matt Clement: After the Riots – Are we seeing the birth of a new US Civil Rights Movement?

6:00-7:00: Plenary 2: Professor Sam Cohn (University of Glasgow): European Cholera riots and Indian Plague riots in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.





26th June 2015

9:00-9:30: Coffee

9:30-11:00 Panel 4

Michael Drake: Legitimation by history: Hong Kong 2014 pro-democracy protests as an obligation

Thomas Davies: Responding to the Street: Government Responses to Mass Protests in Democracies

Alan Grattan: Angry and Alienated? Young Loyalists, Street Protests and the Northern Ireland Peace Process

11:00-11:15: Coffee

11:15-12:45: Panel 5

Xavier Guegan: Anti-imperialist Women Fighters: Single rebels to group movements in the Global South

Adam Prime: Revolt or Resistance? Minor Mutinies of the Indian Army, 1859-1918

Ewan Gibbs: Historical tradition and community mobilisation: Narratives of Red Clydeside in memories of Anti-Poll Tax Protest in Scotland, 1988-1990

12:45-2:00: Lunch

2:00-3:00: Discussion: ‘Why a new journal of riot and protest studies?’

3:00-3:15: Comfort break

3:15-4:45: Panel 6

Anthony Musson: Protest and legal consciousness in late medieval England.

Simon Sandall: The symbolism of protest in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England

Vincenzo Scalia: ‘From mass strikes to terrorism – the Italian tragedy of the 1970s’

4:45-5:00: Closing remarks



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800 Years of Riot and Protest: an interdisciplinary conference: University of Winchester, 25th-26th June 2015

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Kalamazoo 2015: 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University


This week Ellie Woodacre, Simon Sandall, Gordon McKelvie and other colleagues will be heading to the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, representingthe University of Winchester in these panels:

‘Debatable Queens: (Re)assessing Medieval Stateswomanship, Power, and Authority’

‘Debatable Rule:(Re)assessing Medieval Statecraft, Power, Authority, and Gender (A Roundtable)’

‘Reflections on Medieval Violence’

Full report and pictures to follow on our intrepid return next week.

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