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Postgraduate research at the CMS

York is one of the very few universities in the world in which interdisciplinary doctoral research in medieval studies is undertaken.

Students can pursue single-discipline PhDs in archaeology, history, literature, and history of art, or interdisciplinary PhDs which draw from two or more disciplinary approaches.

Current interdisciplinary PhD projects and some examples of the range of work undertaken in recent years are listed below.

Entered 2020-21

  • Tracey Davison, “Keeping up Appearances. Investigating perceptions of clothing and textiles in Anglo-Saxon England”
  • Marisa Michaud, "Par le moyen et avis de soeur Colette: Piety, Patronage, and the Relationship between the Colettine Poor Clares and the Valois Court of Burgundy"
  • Basil Price, "The Shadow Age: Genre and Place in the Post-Classical Íslendingasögur"
  • Robyn Stewart

Entered 2019-20

  • Nicole Ibbott
  • Karli Grazman
  • Isaac Lawton
  • John Margham, "The Isle of Wight c. 650 to c. 1150: a study of localisation in a landscape"
  • Aaron Sheldon
  • Katie Vernon, "Arms and Armour in Middle English Romance"

Entered 2018-19

  • Emma Nuding, “Fenland pilgrimage in narratives of St Guthlac and Crowland Abbey”
  • Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, “Making Men into Monks: Cistercian Exempla Collections, c.1170–c.1230“

Entered 2015-16

  • Alana Bennett, "Reading Aloud: Domestic reading practices in later medieval England"

Entered 2014-15

  • Fiona Mozley, "Forests as forbidden landscapes in late-medieval England"

Entered 2013-14

  • Amanda Daw (part-time), "The role of iconography in the expression and promotion of Eucharistic piety in fifteenth-century York"

Entered 2012-13

  • Matthew Adams (part-time), "The reception of classical natural history and the experience of landscape: how the works of Pliny the Elder and other classical authors inform the works of St. Augustine and Petrarch, with regard to landscape and wild places"

Recently completed PhD projects

  • Lauren Stokeld, "An interdisciplinary semantic study of English words for 'buildings' up to 1250"
  • Tim Wingard, "Animals and Sexuality in England, 1300-1500"
  • Robert Grout, "Fatherhood in Late-Medieval Urban Society" 
  • Ross McIntire, "Sacred Landscapes and the Cult of Saints in England and Wales, 1066-1220"
  • Rebecca Searby, "The Anglo-Jewry in Law and Legal Culture, 1216-1235"
  • Tom Powles, "Orderic Vitalis and church reforms in the Historia Ecclesiastica"
  • Jiří Vnouček, "The history of manuscripts with the help of visual assessment of the parchment: the differences in animals and processes employed in the preparation of parchment"
  • Elizabeth Wright, "The Materiality of the book and its status as a repository of Anglo-Saxon learned identity in manuscript depictions" 
  • Luke Giraudet, "A study of the 'Journal d'un Bourgeois de Paris'"
  • Zara Burford, "Æthelwig, abbot of Evesham c.1058-1077"
  • Eric Wolever, "Cardinal Points and the Geography of Christian History in the High Middle Ages"
  • Harriet Jean Evans, "Animal-human thresholds: the hybridic sociality of the household-farm in the agro-pastoral society of medieval Iceland"
  • Chris Bovis, "The Gascoignes before Lotherton: Lotherton before the Gascoignes"
  • Artur Costrino, "Comparing Alcuin's text on Rhetoric with classical texts on the same subject to identify its appropriations and also to point to their orginality"
  • Margeret Silvers, "The practice of abbreviating early patristic exegesis"
  • Jeffrey Berry, "Medieval Culinary History"
  • Jennifer Bartlett, "Looking at T'Other: Robert Thornton's Yorkshire Oryent, c. 1400-1473" 
  • Brad Kirkland, "'Now Thrive the Armourers': The Development of the Armourers' Crafts and the Forging of Fourteenth-Century London"
  • Justin Sturgeon, "Text & Image in René d'Anjou's Livre des tournois, c. 1460: Constructing Authority and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Court Culture"
  • Hollie Morgan, "Between the Sheets: Reading Beds and Chambers in Late Medieval England" 
  • Katharine Bilous, "French Writing in the Cloister: four texts from St Albans Abbey featuring Thomas Becket and Alexander the Great, c. 1184- c. 1275"
  • William White, "A Discourse of Exile: Representations of Restored Royal Exiles in Anglo-Saxon England" 
  • Beth Kaneko, "No Two Alike: the Representation of Space in English Local Maps in the Late Middle Ages" 
  • Lucy Allen, “Reading and Visual Processing in Late-Medieval England”
  • Holly James-Maddocks, “Collaborative Book Production in Fifteenth-Century London”
  • Jane-Heloise Nancarrow, “Re-used, re-written and re-imagined: Twelfth and thirteenth century appropriation of Roman material culture in the towns of St Albans, Chester and Colchester”
  • Victoria Flood, "The function of orophecy in medieval Britain, from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Tudors"
  • Els Schröder, “Friendship and Favour in Late Anglo-Saxon Elite Culture. A study of documentary and narrative sources, c. 900-1016”
  • Alison James, “Gentry Masculinity in Fifteenth-Century Yorkshire”
  • Deb Thorpe, “Reading and Writing in the Circle of Sir John Fastolf”
  • Helen Killick, “Thomas Hoccleve as poet and clerk”
  • Eleanor McCullough, “English Anchoritic Texts”
  • Windy McKinney, “The transmission and Reception of Bede's Ecclesiastical History in Anglo- Saxon England”
  • Sarah McLoughlin, “Transgression and the Household in Late Medieval England”
  • Henry Bainton, “History and the Written Word in the Angevin Empire (c.1154-c.1200)”
  • Chloe Morgan, “Brynge Hym into my Chapelle: Sacred Space in Middle English Romance
  • Stefania Perring, “The Cathedral Landscape of York: the Minster Close c. 1500-1642”
  • Alice Bennett, “Narratives of Faith and the Construction of Childhood in Later Medieval England”  (MPhil)
  • Luisa Izzi,  "Representing Rome:  the influence of ‘Rome’ on aspects of the public arts of Early Anglo-Saxon England (c.600-800)"
  • Andrew Taubman, "Clergy and Commoners: Interactions between Medieval lergy and Laity in a Regional Context"
  • Helen Birkett, "Cumbrian Vitae of the Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries: Text and Context 
  • Sally Bolitho, "Invisible Melodies': Music, Space, Memory and Identity in England, c.1350-1550
  • John Clay, "In the Shadow of Death': Saint Boniface and the Conversion of Hessia, AD 72-754"
  • Cristina Figueredo, "An edition of Richard Coeur de Lion from the London Thornton manuscript"
  • Christine Maddern, "The Northumbrian Name Stones of Early Christian Anglo-Saxon England"


Recent PhD research

  • Small Houses in Later Medieval Norwich and York 
  • Invisible Melodies': Music, Space, Memory and Identity in England, c.1350-1550
  • Materials for the Study of the Cult of St Agnes of Rome in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Kingship Ties in the Viking Diaspora
  • Body-soul debates in English, French and German manuscripts, c.1250-1500"
  • Old Norse Drinking Culture
  • Sculpture and Identity in Viking Age East Anglia
  • Naming the Divine: Designations for the Christian God in Old English Poetry
  • Remembering the Dead in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Sacred Space: Priorities, Perception and Presence of God in Late Medieval Yorkshire Parish Churches
  • The Production and Reception of Military Texts in the Aftermath of the Hundred Years War 
  • The Politics of Mercy: the Royal Pardon in Fourteenth-century England
  • Strangers in Strange Lands: Colonisation and Multiculturalism in the Age of Scandinavian Expansion
  • Writing Fire and the Sword: the Perception and Representation of Viking Violence in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Male Lay Sanctity in Early Twelfth Century England
  • Reading the Stones: the Pictish Monuments on Tarbat Peninsula, Easter Ross
  • Ideology and the Family in Late Medieval York
  • Aristocratic Executions and Burials in England c. 1150-c. 1330: Cultures of Fragmentation
  • The Politics of Youth: the Representation of Young Noblemen in Late-fifteenth and Early-sixteenth Century Interludes
  • Solitude and Sociability: Anchoritic Ideology in Medieval England c. 1160-c. 1450
  • The Street and the Perception of Public Space in York, 1476-1586 
  • Pour le bien du Roy et de son Royaume': Burgundian Propaganda under John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, 1405-1419