I first came to the University of Leeds in 2014 as a mature student to study a Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities, completing the course with an Award for Academic Excellence. I went on to study a BA (hons) in History (First Class). During my degree I was awarded a two-year Laidlaw Scholarship which focused on cataloguing the Winchester Cabinet, a collection of over 3000 coins, medals and tokens belonging to the University’s Special Collections. I graduated in 2018 and went on to complete a Medieval Studies MA (Distinction). Both my MA and PhD were made possible by funding from the School of History and Institute for Medieval Studies.
I have owned and ridden horses for many decades, competing in eventing, showing, racing and team chasing. My doctoral reseach combines a lifetime’s knowledge of horses with my interest in the Middle Ages.
My main research interests focus on the following subject areas in medieval Europe:
The terminology, materiality, design and use of equestrian equipment. This includes saddles, bridles, bits, barding, spurs and caparisons.
Medieval horses: their breeeding, training and care.
Equines in warfare and tournaments
The use of equestrian equipment in heraldic display
The development of medieval armour
- MA Medieval Studies (Distinction)
- BA (Hons) History (First class)
- Foundation Year Arts and Humanites