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.
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.
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).
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:
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].
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.