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Biography

I joined King’s College London as a Teaching Fellow in Medieval History in 2018. I had previously taught as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, where I was awarded my doctorate in 2016; and held a Visiting Fellowship at Fordham University, New York, in the summer of 2018. I became interested in the Middle Ages at the University of Reading, where I studied for a BA in History and European Literature and Culture, and an MA by Research in Medieval Studies.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Aristocratic culture in the Central Middle Ages
  • Orality and epic song (particularly the Chansons de geste)
  • The medieval crusading movement in the Near East and Europe
  • Anglo-Norman society and politics
  • The role of women in war, pilgrimage, and family memory

My current research focuses on the Latin texts of the First Crusade and their interrelation, positing that oral tradition and epic song were crucial bearers of historical narrative in the twelfth century.

Teaching

My teaching covers medieval women; literary culture; the crusading movement; social, cultural and sociological approaches to the history of the Middle Ages; and legal history in all time periods.

Expertise and public engagement

I am co-investigator in a project to contextualise the crusading movement in the cultural history of the Francophone West: cfoproject.org. I currently serve as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Société Rencesvals British Branch, an organization dedicated to the study of the medieval vernacular epic; and Assistant Treasurer to the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East.

Publications

  • ‘Crusading Participation in Normandy and its Borderlands: The Evidence from the Old French Traditions of the First Crusade’, Haskins Society Journal, 29 (2018)
  • ‘The Letters of Stephen of Blois Reconsidered’, Crusades, 17 (2018)
  • ‘The Inhabitants of the British Isles on the First Crusade’, English Historical Review, 134/566 (2019)
  • ‘A Unique Song of the First Crusade? New Observations on the Hatton 77 Manuscript of the Siège d’Antioche’, Literature of the Crusades, ed. by Simon Thomas Parsons and Linda M. Paterson (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2018)
  • ‘Making Heroes out of Crusaders: The Literary Afterlife of Crusade Participants in the Chanson d'Antioche’, in Jerusalem the Golden: The Origins and Impact of the First Crusade, ed. by Susan B. Edgington and Luis García-Guijarro (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014)