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Mr Nicholas Kingwell 

Part-time lecturer in medieval history

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Mr Nicholas Kingwell is a part-time lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Southampton.

I became interested in medieval history from a young age as a result of being taken around castles and churches by my parents. My undergraduate and postgraduate studies at University College London allowed me to develop further my interest in this period and to focus my research activities upon studying the political society of late medieval England. After beginning my lecturing career at West London Institute of Higher Education, I moved on to Brunel University where I taught medieval British and European history. Since leaving there in 2003, I have worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Southampton as well as teaching medieval history at the University of Winchester. I have also undertaken a number of freelance research commissions which have drawn upon my expertise in the late medieval period: these have included work for the Duchy of Cornwall office, and recently I have been conducting research on fifteenth-century MP's for the volumes on the medieval House of Commons to be published by the History of Parliament Trust.

I have two principal areas of research interest. The first is in the Wars of the Roses, and I am particularly concerned with studying how this period of civil war impacted upon the political society of south-western England under Edward IV and Richard III. I am also interested in the social, cultural and economic worlds of the late medieval English gentry. These two interests intersect in my present work studying the fortunes of the Arundell family of Lanherne (Cornwall) during the Wars of the Roses. This project seeks to analyse the dilemmas and problems which faced aristocratic families when deciding which side to support during a period of civil war, and the financial costs consequent upon allying with the losing side.  The study examines concepts of loyalty and service as well as the role of economic pragmatism in determining political behaviour amongst the landed elite, and serves also to highlight the important role played by aristocratic women in fifteenth century English political life.

Mr Nicholas Kingwell
Building 65 Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

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