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New Interpretations on the Angevin World



  • Professor Stephen Church

    Professor of Medieval History
    Tel: 01603 593654
    Location: University of East Anglia
    Profile: Stephen Church is professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia and principal investigator of the ‘New Interpretations on the Angevin World’ project. His latest book is a biography of King John (Macmillan and Basic Books 2015) and he has worked extensively on the problem of rulership in the Angevin world. His publications include The Household Knights of King John (Cambridge UP 1999), King John: New Interpretations (Boydell and Brewer 1999), and The Dialogue of the Exchequer and the Disposition of the King’s Household, with E. Amt (Oxford UP 2007).
  • Dr Kathryn Dutton

    Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

    Location: University of Manchester
    Profile: Dr Katy Dutton is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History, University of Manchester. She wrote her thesis at the University of Glasgow (2011) on Henry II's father, Count Geoffrey V of Anjou, and is currently writing a monograph on comital power and political culture in Greater Anjou c.1090-1189. Her interests mainly lie in how the region was ruled during a century which saw the local dynasty transform itself from counts to kings. Her book explores this question with particular emphasis on the importance to Angevin political culture of the comital family, local lay and ecclesiastical elites, and ideas of consent, counsel and ritual, as well as how the region's specific documentary culture impacts upon our understanding of Angevin power and politics. Her role in the network is to broaden this exploration of documentary culture, in order to consider how the presentation of Angevin identity, power and ideology in charter diplomatic from across the lands controlled by the kings after 1154. She has previously published articles on the upbringing of the counts' children, the personnel of administration, and politics and patronage in marginal areas of Greater Anjou, and has work forthcoming on the crusades as a component of political culture and ruling power under Geoffrey V in both Anjou and Normandy. For further information and a list of publications see:
  • Dr Jitske Jasperse


    Location: University of Amsterdam
    Profile: Jitske Jasperse received her PhD in 2013 at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis focussing on Duchess Matilda, daughter of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and her role at her husband’s court in Brunswick. Currently she is a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She investigates topics such as medieval patronage, motherhood, authority, power and performativity. Her contribution to ‘New Interpretations of the Angevin World between c. 1150-1216’ will be to investigate the way the Angevin kings and queens established relations with the Holy Roman Empire by means of gift giving. Questions will include: what gifts did the Angevins bestow on others, what titles did they use when presenting themselves through gifts, what did they receive in return, and did kings and queens operate in different ways? This allows us to study the Angevin world and its connectedness to other empires, while at the same time addressing ideas about political and cultural unity. For publications and other information see
  • Professor Catalina Girbea

    Professor of Medieval French Literature

    Location: University of Bucharest
    Profile: Catalina Girbea is Professor of Medieval French Literature at the French Department of the University of Bucharest and associated researcher at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale, University of Poitiers. She has written three books about French Romances and has dedicated a large part of her work to the Arthurian literature composed in the Plantagenet and Capetian area (XIIth-XIIIth Centuries). One of the most important directions of her research is the political stakes and influences of the vernacular literary texts and the study of language of power as well as rituals and symbolic signs or imaginary heraldry. Her involvement in the “Angevin Empire” project concerns investigation of the vernacular idioms in the Plantagenet area before Bouvines, about the terminology which designate the Angevin territories in different types of sources, in Latin and in old French, and about cultural production in relationship with the Angevin power.
  • Alheydis Plassmann

    Location: University of Bonn
    Profile: Alheydis Plassmann graduated at the University of Bonn on the subject of the earliest Norman dukes and wrote her PhD on the court of Frederick Barbarossa. She published a monograph on the Origin stories in the Early and High Middle Ages and a students’ book on the Normans. She has worked on the field of the Early Middle Ages as well as particularly on the courtly culture, administration and historiography of the 12th century, not only in Germany but also in England. She is especially interested in a comparison between England and Germany and in an outlook on the regional manifestations of the Angevin kings’ rule. Alheydis is also involved in a new project “Sonderforschungsbereich” and her focus is upon England. For further information see: For a list of publications see:
  • Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo

    Senior Lecturer
    Tel: 01522 83 7381
    Location: University of Lincoln
    Profile: Dr Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo, PhD, FRHisS, undertook her doctoral research at the University of Exeter. She worked as a Lecturer in Medieval History at Queen Mary University of London, before joining the University of Lincoln in 2013. Her monograph, Friendship in Medieval Iberia: Historical, Legal and Literary Perspectives (Ashgate, 2014) followed the publication of a number of articles examining ideas and representations of power and authority, religious frontiers and cultural interactions in thirteenth-century Iberia. Her main areas of research include the history of emotions, power and social networks and, more recently, the interplay between memory and emotions in medieval Catalan production. As a Hispanist, Antonella's interest within the Angevin world lies in exploring the range of networks and connections which linked the Iberian world (and more specifically the Crown of Aragon) with the Angevin power between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
  • Laura Cleaver

    Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art
    Tel: 00 353 1 8963487
    Location: Trinity College Dublin
    Profile: Laura Cleaver is Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art at Trinity College Dublin. She is interested in a wide range of medieval art, but now mainly writes about illuminated manuscripts. In 2011-15 Laura was Principal Investigator on a project called 'History Books in the Anglo-Norman World', which examined the surviving manuscripts in which history was recorded in the lands controlled by the kings of England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Laura's work for the Angevin World project builds on her work with 'history books' exploring how the creation and dissemination of manuscripts helped to connect parts of the Angevin lands. For further information see:
  • Colin Veach

    Lecturer in Medieval History
    Tel: 01482 466906
    Location: University of Hull
    Profile: Colin Veach is Lecturer in Medieval history at the University of Hull. His work explores the patterns of lordship, patchworks of obligation and shifting social and cultural mores that existed in medieval Britain and Ireland, placed in the broader context of Europe. His monograph, Lordship in Four Realms: The Lacy Family, 1166-1241 (Manchester University Press, 2014), utilises the lens of lordship to analyse how an aristocratic family adapted to the different socio-political and cultural settings of four different realms: England, Ireland, Wales and Normandy. Dr Veach's contribution to the network, provisionally entitled 'Whose Empire is it Anyway?', will examine political, legal and administrative structures to determine whether the dynasty’s imperialist gains in the British Isles displayed broad ‘Angevin’ characteristics, or were instead part of a narrower ‘English Empire’.
  • Michael Staunton

    Senior Lecturer in Medieval History
    Tel: +353 1 7168165
    Location: University College Dublin
    Profile: Michael Staunton is a senior lecturer in History at University College Dublin. His research focuses on historical and hagiographical writing in the Angevin world, and especially its literary and intellectual foundations. His forthcoming book, The Historians of Angevin England, examines the work of Roger of Howden, William of Newburgh, Ralph of Diss, Gerald of Wales and the many other writers who made this a particularly fertile period in English historiography. His earlier books include The Lives of Thomas Becket (2001) and Thomas Becket and his Biographers (2006). As part of the network he will be looking at historical writing throughout the Angevin world.
  • Björn Weiler

    Professor of History
    Tel: (0044) 01970 621683
    Location: University of Aberystwyth
    Profile: Björn Weiler is Professor of History at Aberystwyth University in Wales. His main areas of interest are the political and historical culture of Norman and Angevin England in a broader European context. Current projects include a study of the thirteenth-century English chronicler Matthew Paris, and a general book on historical writing and historical culture in high medieval western Europe.
  • Bernardo Santano Moreno

    Senior Lecturer

    Location: University of Extremadura
    Profile: Dr. Bernardo Santano Moreno is senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Extremadura. He has published books and articles about different aspects of the literature and the culture of Medieval England. He has translated into Spanish several fundamental works about the Plantagenets such as Martin Aurell’s L’Empire des Plantagenêt. 1154 - 1224 (in Spanish El imperio Plantagenet. 1154-1224, Madrid: Sílex, 2012); or John Gillingham’s Richard I (in Spanish Ricardo Corazón de León, Madrid: Sílex, 2012). He has also translated into Spanish works such as Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Barcelona: Acantilado, 2013) in poetic form or William Blake’s Prophetic Books (Girona: Atalanta, 2013-2014).
  • Martin Aurell

    Professor of Medieval History
    Tel: (+33) 6 88 09 80 76
    Location: University of Poitiers
    Profile: Martin Aurell is professor of Medieval History at the University of Poitiers, where he is the director of Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale and the editor of Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale. He has written L’Empire Plantagenêt (1154-1224), Paris, Perrin, 2003 (English translation, Pearson 2007; Spanish, Silex-Unex 2012), and edited six collective books on the subject. Two last books: Le Chevalier lettré : savoir et conduite de l’aristocratie aux XIIe et XIIIe siècles, Paris, Fayard, 2011 (English translation, CEU Press 2015) and Des Chrétiens contre les croisades (XIIe-XIIIe siècle), Paris, Fayard, 2013. For further information and a list of publications see: Photograph: © C. Pauquet.
  • Fanny Madeline

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    Location: French National Centre for Scientific Research
    Profile: Fanny Madeline accomplished her PhD at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne on the building policy of Angevin Kings in 2009. It was published in 2014 as Les Plantagenêts et leur empire. Construire un territoire politique. She also co-edited Space in the Medieval West, Places territories and imagined Geographies (2014). She has now a post doctoral fellowship in the CNRS until 2017, and works on the question of the "empire" and on the mobilities of the court and the king's agents. For further information and publication details see:
  • Manuel Rojas Gabriel

    Professor of Medieval History
    Tel: +34 927 257 000 (ext. 57775)
    Location: University of Extremadura, Spain
    Profile: Manuel Rojas Gabriel is professor of Medieval History at the University of Extremadura (Spain). He has been visiting professor at the Universities of South Wales Swansea, Durham, and Glasgow (UK) and at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale of the University of Poitiers (France). He has directed several research projects, both national and international. His main lines of research are medieval warfare, frontiers, and castellology, topics about he has published books and articles. He is currently engaged in a general study with the title La Guerra en el Occidente Medieval (c. 450-c. 1500).