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I achieved my BA (Hons) in History at Richmond the American International University in London, and both my MA and PhD in Medieval History at the University of Nottingham. My doctoral thesis focused on the participation of the Norman and Anglo-Norman nobility in the Iberian wars of reconquest due to the changing theological arguments for crusading.

As a Medieval Historian, it is a pleasure to teach at the picturesque Herstmonceux Castle. Its small class sizes make the BISC the perfect environment to interact closely with students and allow them to focus on their main areas of interest through their written and oral work.

I teach three courses: HIST 241: Medieval Europe, CLST 206: Roman Britain and HIST 332: Medieval Britain. The study of Roman and Medieval European history in a medieval castle and its surrounding countryside is a perfect opportunity for students to experience first-hand the development of European societies. I help students develop a good general knowledge of the period they are studying. We explore themes such as the development of Roman and feudal societies and the transformative role of religion in the Medieval period through in-class debates using primary and secondary evidence.

For CLST 206 and HIST 332 we use the evidence from the archaeological digs which students carry out as part of the Field School. We also visit a number of locations, such as the British Library, Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral as experiential learning opportunities during which students further enhance their learning.  

I have maintained an active research interest on the theological aura of the Reconquista as part of the Crusading movement in the minds of the Northern European participants.

I can supervise projects on:

  • Medieval British, French, Portuguese or Spanish History
  • Religious Conflict Studies
  • Military History
  • Crusades
  • The ‘Reconquista’
  • Maritime History
  • Frontier Society

I have contacts at:

  • Institute of Historical Research
  • The Royal Historical Society
  • Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East

I have researched in:

  • The National Archives (United Kingdom)
  • The British Library (United Kingdom)
  • Bodleian Library (United Kingdom)
  • The Vatican Secret Archives (Vatican City)
  • The Archive of the Crown of Aragon (Spain)
  • Archivo Nacional (Spain)
  • Archivo General de Navarra (Spain)


  • ‘Conquest, Grant or Sack?: Exploring the reason for the changing priorities in the Norman involvement in the Iberian Peninsula c. 1018-1191’, in Normans in the Mediterranean, eds. Emily Winkler, Andrew Small, and Liam Fitzgerald, Turnhout: Brepols, 2020. https://www.brepolsonline.net
  • Join with Dominic Alessio, ‘Re-thinking Religion and Empire: Non-State Organisations from the Knights Hospitallers to ISIS’, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 22 (2020). https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjsb20/current
  • ‘A Frisian Perspective on Crusading in Iberia as Part of the Sea Journey to the Holy Land 1217-1218’, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History 15 (2020). https://acmrs.org/publications/journals/smrh
Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
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