Professor of Medieval History, University of Reading

My research interests range across politics, religion and culture in Capetian France and its neighbours in the 11th and 13th centuries, and my approach is essentially interdisciplinary. I am the author of Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis: Church and State in Early Medieval France, Longman's Medieval World Series, 1998, and Architecture and Society in Normandy, c.1120-c.1270, Yale University Press, 2005, and am now working on a biography of Blanche of Castile. Recent articles and papers have explored aspects of architectural patronage and the impact of ecclesiastical reform on the North French Church in the 12th century. I have a particular interest in questions of cultural identity, in patronage and the representation of power and rulership, and in the cultural impact of ecclesiastical reform.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Medieval History, University of Reading