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Andy King

Staff Profile - University of Southampton

Much of my research has centred on the gentry of Northumberland in the fourteenth century, and the impact of the Anglo-Scottish wars on Northumbrian political society. In particular, I am interested in how these wars affected the relationship between the ‘county community’ (if there was indeed any such thing) and the royal government based far away in the south at Westminster. I have also examined concepts of identity in late-medieval North-East England (an area of research perhaps not unconnected with the 2004 devolution referendum), various aspects of which I have explored in a number of articles, including a forthcoming essay co-authored with Prof. Tony Pollard, and in my contribution to the forthcoming volume of essays on Anglo-Scottish relations which I co-edited.

Much of this work stems from my work on the Scalacronica, a chronicle of British (but in fact, mostly English) history written by the Northumbrian knight Sir Thomas Gray in the mid-fourteenth century; and I have recently completed a new edition and translation of this work. As a rare example of a chronicle written by a layman who was himself involved in some of the events he describes, it provides an unparalleled insight into the attitudes, politics and worldview of a militarily active member of the English gentry. I am also interested in late medieval historiography, and contemporary perceptions of the past; and in the culture of chivalry and gentilesse, including its material manifestations – one of my latest pieces concerns castles as an aspect of gentry identity.

 

 

 




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