Centre for Medieval Studies Lecture
Walter de Gray was one of the longest serving and most important archbishops of York. This lecture draws on new research, including a modern edition of his register, a prototype for a new kind of record keeping. It sheds light on his family, career, and government, and on the political challenges that were faced when King John's man came north.
Dr Watson's research interests range widely within the social and institutional history of religion 1000-1300, with a focus on government and the relationships between the powerful and the powerless. She has published widely on hospitals and charity, and has just finished a book on welfare houses and the law in western Europe, to be published by Oxford University Press. Her work on Walter de Gray has been funded by a Research Project Grant from the Leverhulme Trust.