- Laws of war
- Hundred Years War
- Late Middle Ages
I am currently participating in a network on international diplomacy. I am also involved in various publication projects, including a book on the fall of Rouen in 1449.
Current PhD Students
Doctor Rémy Ambühl is an Associate Professor in medieval History within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Southampton.
I am a historian of late Medieval Europe. My work has focused on the politics and ethics of war in fourteenth and fifteenth century France, England and Burgundy. I have developed a strong interest in the laws of war, their nature, how they formed, evolved and interacted with politics and diplomacy. I have done this, so far, through the study of prisoners of war and the surrender of garrisons and urban communities, but I am keen to expand the scope of my research, both thematically and chronologically. I became interested in this subject during my Masters at the University of Nottingham (2003-4) and further developed it during my doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews (2005-9), before I came to Southampton as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, back in 2012. I am a fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2015-) and a member of the Société de l’Histoire de France (2017-).
My initial aim was to become a secondary school teacher in Belgium. I took three years of training in human sciences for that purpose between 1996 and 1999. A growing interest in history led me to pursue historical studies in France at the University of Lille 3 where I completed the equivalent of a BA (1999-2001). I was very proud to publish my BA thesis as a book in 2002.
Encouraged by this early achievement, I decided to do a DEA (=MA) at the same University of Lille 3 in 2003. I researched a princely lineage, the counts of Eu in Normandy. One prominent figure of this family happened to have been taken prisoner to England at the battle of Agincourt and I decided to follow his track. This is why I crossed the Channel and how my interest in prisoners of war was born. I undertook an MRes at the university of Nottingham on the prisoners of Agincourt (2003-4), which was later published in the form of two articles. This study inspired the PhD project on prisoners of war on the Hundred Years War that was granted a Bullough scholarship by the University of St Andrews (2005-9). The PhD dissertation was further developed and published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
In the meantime, I expanded the scope of my interests in the laws of war and the fate of the defeated in a new project on collective surrender of fortresses and urban communities which was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to be carried out at the university of Southampton (2012-4). I was made a full-time lecturer here, by the end of 2012. In 2015, I was awarded a nine-month Fernand Braudel IFER incoming Fellowship which took me to Paris for a year to pursue my research on surrender. More recently I have resumed and completed the project of a scholarly edition of a fifteenth century chronicle, in collaboration with professor Anne Curry.
- Fernand Braudel IFER incoming Fellowship (2014)