Danielle Park
Lecturer in Medieval History



BA, MA, PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Danielle is Lecturer in Medieval History. Before joining the department in 2017 she taught at the University of Sheffield, the University of Leicester, the University of Reading, and Royal Holloway, University of London - where she received her PhD in 2013. Her research and teaching focuses mainly on the period 1050-1350, particularly concentrating on the Crusades, the Medieval Middle East, and Medieval France.



Danielle's book Papal Protection and the Crusader: Flanders, Champagne and the Kingdom of France, 1095-1222 is particularly interested in what happened on the home-front while the crusaders were away. Her work focuses on the development of the papal protection privilege granted to crusaders and their families, and extended over their homes and properties. She examines the crusades’ implications for the families and lands that the crusaders left behind, and assesses the papal and secular measures involved in protecting the crusaders' interests. Her monograph considers the crusaders’ preparations for their departures, the practicality of the papal protection privilege, and the roles of crusaders’ wives and sons as regents.

Danielle has worked extensively on the role of women within the context of the crusades. Her current project is a study of the reign and partnership of Queen Melisende (r.1131-52 d.1161) and King Fulk of Jerusalem (r.1131-43). She is currently researching and writing a second book on this couple with funding from the Institute of Historical Research through a Scouloudi Historical Award.




External activities


Danielle is the Assistant Treasurer for the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE)

Contact details

Dr Danielle Park
Lecturer in Medieval History
Department of History
University of York
Vanbrugh College V/A/224B
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 3607, External (01904) 323607

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