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Dr Sophie Therese Ambler

Lecturer in Later Medieval British and European History

Sophie Therese Ambler

Bowland College

LA1 4YT

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594979

Research overview

My interest spans the central and later Middle Ages in Europe and the crusades. The two broad areas of my research are political ethics – in terms of both political thought and action on the ground – and war – in terms of both culture and individual experience. My early research falls into the first category, exploring the role of bishops in rebellion and revolution in thirteenth-century England, looking at the interaction of political thought and action in the age of Magna Carta and the Montfortian revolution. My monograph (Bishops in the Political Community of England, 1213–1272) was published with OUP in January 2017. My current project, a book on Simon de Montfort earl of Leicester (d.1265), spans both interests, for Montfort led a cohort of nobles in seizing power from the king and establishing a council to govern indefinitely –  England's first revolution – amassing a vast popular following, many of whom died with him on the battlefield in 1265 fighting as avowed crusaders. More broadly, this research places Montfort's career, and the way in which he cultivated his reputation, in the context of the unique and vigorous identity of the Montfort family, who operated as crusaders across Europe and the Middle East. The Song of Simon de Montfort: England's First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry will be published by Picador in spring 2019 in the UK and by Oxford Univeristy Press in the USA. My next major area of research brings together social, cultural and intellectual history in order to explore the experiences and cultures of troops operating in the British Isles and France between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, as well as the shifting patterns of thought concerned with soldiers and their roles and responsibilities in conflict.

 

PhD supervision

I would welcome enquiries from students interested in military, political and intellectual history in the central and later Middle Ages, and specifically in the area of political thought and action, war and warfare, the Church, crusaders, and charters and diplomatic, including topics that cut across these boundaries, such as the role of religion and ethics in war.

Profile

My research explores political ethics and war in the central and later Middle Ages. This includes England’s first revolution, when Simon de Montfort earl of Leicester (d.1265) led a campaign to seize power from the king and establish conciliar government; I explore the cultural, intellectual and military contexts that made the revolution possible. I'm a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and secretary of the Pipe Roll Society, and enjoy writing for and speaking to a broader public audience, whether through talks or TV, radio and print.      

Career Details

I joined Lancaster in 2017; previously I was at the University of East Anglia, where I was a researcher on the AHRC's Magna Carta Project, and from 2012-13 I was a researcher for the AHRC's Breaking of Britain project, which explored the period leading up to the Wars of Independence. I undertook my PhD at King's College London with joint supervision at University College London, and was Thornley Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. I'm a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and secretary of the Pipe Roll Society, and enjoy writing for and speaking to a broader public audience, whether through talks or TV, radio and print

Current Teaching

I teach a special subject, 'From Rebellion to Revolution: The War for the Throne, 1199-1265' (HIST316), and other undergraduate courses on 'Crusade and Jihad: Holy War in the Middle East, 1095-1254' (HIST208) and '1415' (a 'Dates' module covering the Battle of Agincourt to Joan of Arc for first year historians on HIST100). In 2019-20, I will be convening the MA module 'Warfare in the Medieval World, 1100-1500' (HIST444) as part of the MA International and Military History and MA History (Medieval and Early Modern pathway). 

External Roles

I'm a council member and secretary of the Pipe Roll Society: founded at the Public Record Office (now The National Archives) in 1884, the PRS is dedicated to publishing editions of the pipe rolls of the Exchequer and of other related medieval documents.

Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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