Amy Devenney

Amy Devenney

IMS PG Researcher

Summary: Thesis: Miracles and medicine in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily



My PhD research focuses on the issues of health and healthcare in the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. Using predominantly hagiographical sources it aims to understand the relationship between religion and medicine within this region; to explore the attitudes and experiences of medieval people towards health; to investigate the healthcare available to the sick in medieval Southern Italy; and to explore the medieval mentalities towards those cases that we would now term 'mental' illness.

About me:

I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2007 with a BA (Hons) in History and an MA in Medieval History in 2011. My MA thesis was on 'The Fate of the Muslims of Sicily, c. 1180 - c. 1250' and examined the disappearance of Islam from Sicily following the conquest of the island by the Normans. As a part-time student I also work as a Research Assistant in the library at the University of Huddersfield.


Professor Graham Loud (School of History, Leeds), Dr Iona McCleery (School of History, Leeds), Dr Paul Oldfield (University of Manchester)