Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson

IMS PG Researcher

Summary: Thesis: The Tournaments of Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519): Chivalry, Ideology and Literature at the Habsburg Court


The aim of my research is to examine the significance of the tournament during the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I - its role in his court, its place in the representation of his rule and its practical reality. It will attempt to analyse the tournament as a form of entertainment, military display and public promotion by examining artwork, written sources, and material culture. My research is funded by the Leeds International Research Scholarship.

About me:

I graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in History and minors in Anthropology, German Language & Society, and Medieval & Early Modern Studies. Before coming to Leeds I completed the summer programme for medieval Latin at the University of Toronto in 2010. In 2011/2012 I undertook my MA at Leeds in the Institute for Medieval Studies, during which time I also had the opportunity to work as an intern at the International Medieval Congress and at the Royal Armouries. As a PhD student I am continuing my internship at the Royal Armouries, where I receive curatorial training as an integral part of my degree.


Dr Alan V Murray (Institute for Medieval Studies) and Karen Watts (Royal Armouries).