• 24 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
20022019

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Personal profile

Biography

Dr 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.

Google Scholar h-Index

15 Last updated 9 October 2020.

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. 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. 

Research Expertise and Interests

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

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Research Output

  • 24 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 7 Chapter
  • 2 Book
  • 1 Foreword/postscript
  • 1 Article

A King, Not a Servant: the Prose Life of St Katherine of Alexandria and Ideologies of Masculinity in Late Medieval England

Lewis, K. J., 19 Dec 2019, Hagiography and the History of Latin Christendom, 500–1500. Kahn Herrick, S. (ed.). Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, p. 397-416 20 p. (Reading Medieval Sources; vol. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Crusading and Masculinites: Introduction

    Lewis, K., Hodgson, N. & Mesley, M., 14 Mar 2019, Crusading and Masculinities. Hodgson, N., K. L. & Mesley, M. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 1-18 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

    Grand Theft Longboat: Using Video Games and Medievalism to Teach Medieval History

    Lewis, K. J., 4 Sep 2019, Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian. von Lünen, A., Lewis, K. J., Litherland, B. & Cullum, P. (eds.). 1 ed. New York & Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 54-70 17 p. (Routledge Approaches to History).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian

    Von Lunen, A. (ed.), Lewis, K. J. (ed.), Litherland, B. (ed.) & Cullum, P. (ed.), 4 Sep 2019, 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 294 p. (Routledge Approaches to History)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Women and Power

    Lewis, K., 20 Sep 2019, Historians on John Gower. Rigby, S. & Echard, S. (eds.). Boydell and Brewer Ltd, p. 323-350 28 p. (Publications of the John Gower Society).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Activities

    • 3 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    Historia Ludens

    Alexander Von Lunen (Organiser), Katherine Lewis (Member of programme committee), Benjamin Litherland (Member of programme committee) & Patricia Cullum (Member of programme committee)

    19 May 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity - 1400-1600

    Sarah Bastow (Organiser) & Katherine Lewis (Organiser)

    11 Apr 201712 Apr 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Playing with History

    Alexander Von Lunen (Organiser), Katherine Lewis (Member of programme committee) & Patricia Cullum (Member of programme committee)

    12 Nov 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media

    In Our Time: Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem

    Katherine Lewis

    21/11/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Is Shakespeare History? The Plantagenets

    Katherine Lewis

    11/10/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    In Our Time: Margaret of Anjou

    Katherine Lewis

    24/05/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    In Our Time: Margery Kempe and English Mysticism

    Katherine Lewis

    2/06/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment