Dr Emma Cavell

Associate Lecturer in Medieval History

+44 (0)113 343 3585

Summary: Women, aristocracies and borderlands in medieval Britain and Normandy



Originally from Australia, I did my doctorate at Balliol College Oxford under the supervision of the late Professor Sir Rees Davies, and then of Dr Benjamin Thompson and Henrietta Leyser. After two years as a Junior Research Fellow in Cambridge, I returned to Oxford on a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. In 2011-12 I taught at the University of Exeter, before coming to Leeds in September 2012. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

At present my research focuses on women, aristocracies and borderlands in medieval Britain and Normandy . I am currently completing a project exploring the interaction of gender, status and locality in shaping the lives of noblewomen of the Anglo-Welsh frontier between the Norman Conquest of England (1066) and the Edwardian Conquest of Wales (1282/3). My interests also include women’s burial in medieval England , women’s rights under the medieval common law of England and cyfraith Hywel (Welsh law), and lay piety and benefaction. I have also worked on the early Tudor period, specialising in the activities and writings of late fifteenth-century English heralds.

Taught on the follwoing modules:

Medieval and Renaissance Europe (HIST1090)

Primary Sources for the Historian: an Introduction to Documentary Study - Gerald of Wales (HIST1300)

English History 1066-1216: Creation and Destruction of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom (HIST2210)

The Cult of Saints in Medieval Europe, c.400-c.1500 (HIST2110)

Magic and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages (MEDV3310)



The Heralds’ Memoir, 1486-1490: Court Ceremonial, Royal Progress and Rebellion, Richard III and Yorkist History Trust (London Record Society in association with Shaun Tyas; Donington, 2009).

Articles and Book Chapters

'Intelligence and Intrigue in the March of Wales: noblewomen and the fall of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, 1274-1282', Historical Research (forthcoming)

'A neglected charter of Margaret de Bohun', Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society (forthcoming, 2013)

‘Kinship, Piety and Locality: the Mussons of Uppington and the Priory of Wombridge in Thirteenth-Century Shropshire’ in Janet Burton and Karen Stöber (eds), The Regular Canons in the Medieval British Isles, Medieval Church Studies 19 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012), pp. 355-75.

Fouke le Fitz Waryn: literary space for real women?’ in Megan Cassidy-Welch (ed.), Medieval Practices of Space and Place. Special issue of Parergon, the Journal of the Australia and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, new series 27.2 (December, 2010), pp. 89-110.

‘Aristocratic Widows and the Medieval Welsh Frontier: the Shropshire Evidence’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser., 17 (2007), pp 57-82. *Winner of the Royal Historical Society’s Rees Davies Essay Prize competition.

‘The Burial of Noblewomen in Thirteenth-Century Shropshire’ in Janet Burton, Phillipp Schofield, Karen Stöber and Björn Weiler (eds), Thirteenth-Century England XI. Proceedings of the Gregynog Conference 2005 (2007), pp. 174-92.

‘Henry VII , the North of England and the First Provincial Progress of 1486’, Northern History, 30.2 (September, 2002), pp. 187-207.

Other publications:

‘Margaret de Bohun’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2012).

‘The price of others’ misdeeds: the bequests of Margaret de Bohun’, The Oxford Historian, viii (2010), pp. 19-21.

Historical Atlas: A Comprehensive History of the World (Millennium House, Sydney Australia, 2008): double spreads on ‘Anglo-Saxon England’, ‘The Crusades 1096-1192’ and ‘Monarchy: growth and power in England and France to 1300’.

Book reviews in English Historical Review (forthcoming, 2013), The Coat of Arms (2010), Women’s History Review, 18.3 (2008), Journal of British Studies, 47.3 (2008); Parergon, 16.1 (1998).