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Professor Katherine Lewis studied for her BA in History at the University of Warwick and for her MA and DPhil in Medieval Studies at the University of York. She is Student Course Leader for History. She teaches on the foundation level module 'Early Medieval Europe'. At Intermediate level she teaches 'Holy Wars: The Age of Crusades'. At Honours level her module 'History and Myth: Writing and Re-writing the Middle Ages' includes consideration of modern representations of the medieval past.

Katherine is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is on the advisory board of Boydell & Brewer's 'Gender in the Middle Ages' series, and a member of the steering committee for the annual Gender and Medieval Studies conference.

Research Expertise and Interests

My research focuses on later medieval gender history (especially masculinity) and religious and cultural history. I have published on female saints, especially St Katherine of Alexandria and other virgin martyr saints, as well as on Margery Kempe, and Chaucer's Prioress. I have co-edited two collections of essays examining aspects of medieval masculinity, holiness and religiosity. I have also published a monograph on Kingship and Masculinity in Late Medieval England which compares and contrasts Henry V and Henry VI. My current research continues to examine later medieval intersections between kingship, masculinity and chivalry, with a particular focus on crusading activity. A volume of essays which I co-edited, Crusading and Masculinities, was published in 2019. I also work on modern representations of the Middle Ages and have recently published an essay on depictions of masculinity in the tv series Vikings and another on the function of crusading themes in the video game Dante's Inferno. I have supervised PhD dissertations exploring the role of masculinity in the maturation and interrelationships between the sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine; on the function of gender within the chronicle of William of Tyre; and on masculinity and jousting culture at the courts of Edward IV and Henry VIII. I have also supervised MA by research dissertations on the masculinity of Godfrey of Bouillon; women and crusading in the thirteenth century; and masculinity and the military orders, among others. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Medieval Studies
  • gender history
  • masculinity
  • Hagiography
  • Crusading
  • Medieval chronicles
  • Medievalism


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