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Dr Catherine-Rose Hailstone
Associate Lecturer



BA, MA, DPhil (York)

Catherine-Rose Hailstone is an Associate Lecturer at the University of York and product of its Department of History. She has wide interests in the history of late antiquity and the early middle ages, with specialist knowledge on the intellectual, theological and emotion history of the period. Her doctoral research investigated how contemporary attitudes towards the fear of God and the fear of demons shaped wider notions of the good and bad self in late Roman and early Merovingian Gaul between c.300 to c.600 AD. The monograph of this research, entitled God, Demons and Fear in Merovingian History and Theology, is being readied for publication.

Catherine-Rose has taught in the Department of History at York since 2017, where she completed her BA in 2014, MA in Medieval History in 2015 and doctoral research in 2020. She has a forthcoming article with Early Medieval Europe on ‘Atmospheric Architecture’ and is currently interested in examining how and why emotionally-powerful atmospheres were created in the churches of Gaul and Italy between 400 – 600 AD.



Catherine-Rose’s research focuses on the intellectual and theological world of late antiquity, particularly Merovingian Gaul and Italy. Her doctoral research, Fear in the Mind and Works of Gregory of Tours, revealed how Gregory of Tours, a late-sixth century bishop, used the fear of God and the fear of demons to talk about wider attitudes towards the formation of the good and bad self. More broadly, this research uncovered that Gregory’s writings represented a culmination of a much wider development that occurred in theological thinking during the fourth to the sixth centuries, wherein the fear of God became a symbol of self-control and the fear of demons a sign of intemperance.

Catherine-Rose is currently working on a project investigating emotional architectures and atmospheres of power in the late antique churches of Gaul and Italy. In particular, she is focused on exploring how and why the commissioners and controllers of late antique churches sought to use the architecture and interior design of these buildings to evoke powerful emotional responses in those who interacted with them. As part of this project, Catherine-Rose aims to show how changing attitudes towards the use of relic theology, liturgical ceremony and light affected church-building practices in the fourth and fifth centuries. This project is spearheaded by a forthcoming article in Early Medieval Europe, ‘Atmospheric Architecture: Gregory of Tours’ Use of the Fear of God in the Architecture and Interior Decoration in the Cathedral of Tours and the Basilica of Saint Martin.’



Narrators & Historical Memory in the Middle Ages (second year Histories & Contexts module)

The Powers of Persuasion: Rhetorics, Culture and Politics (third year Comparative module)

History Dissertation (undergraduate)


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Dr Catherine-Rose Hailstone
Associate Lecturer
Department of History
Vanbrugh College
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 2973, External (01904) 322973