Stephen Church

Stephen Church

Professor

  • 4.05 Arts

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Personal profile

Specialisms

King John; The Angevins and their lands; Robin Hood; The Normans; rulership 600-1300; Magna Carta; Henry III

Teaching Interests

I teach medieval history focusing on English history and the history of western Frankia from the eleventh century through to the fourteenth century.

Areas Of Expertise

KING JOHN||MAGNA CARTA||ROBIN HOOD||ANGEVINS||KINGSHIP 600-1300||KNIGHTHOOD 1000-1300||NORMAN AND PLANTAGENET ENGLAND

External Activities

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • Allen Brown Memorial Trust (which organises the annual Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies)

Biography

I joined the School of History in 1995 after completing undergraduate and postgraduate work in London. Between leaving school and becoming an academic historian, I was a bank clerk, a buyer of cardboard boxes and plastic bottles, a labourer, and a housing liaison officer for Camden Council. I am currently director of the Battle conference for Anglo-Norman Studies and edit the annual publication, Anglo-Norman Studies. I am also an associate editor of the journal History

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research is primarily focused on the period 1000 to 1300, concentrating on issues surrounding rulership and the exercise of power. My main publications have been in this area, though, like all medievalists, this focus does not provide the only outlet for my research interests. I have published on subjects as diverse as Anglo-Saxon paganism, twelfth-century administrative records, fourteenth-century landholding, and on the preservation of sepulchral monuments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.