Hannah MacKenzie

Hannah MacKenzie


I completed both my BA in History (Hons, First Class) and my MA in Medieval Studies (Distinction) at the University of Lincoln. The School of History and Heritage MA Bursary funded my MA and enabled me to pursue my interests in eleventh- and twelfth-century perceptions of ‘otherness’ and identity.

My PhD research at the University of Leeds is funded by the AHRC through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH).

Research interests

I am a social and cultural historian, focussing on themes of identity and ‘otherness’ in eleventh- to thirteenth-century western Europe. I gravitate towards a range of literary sources including chronicles, chansons de geste and romances, but I have worked most closely on the ‘autobiography’ and crusade narrative of Guibert of Nogent, an eleventh-century French Benedictine monk. My current research project examines episodes of cannibalism in eleventh- to thirteenth-century western-European travel literature and aims to shed new light on contemporary attitudes towards violence, salvation and the significance of the human body.

Awards and recognition

White Rose College of Arts and Humanities Doctoral Studentship


To cover fees and maintenance during PhD.

Lincoln Record Society Prize 

University of Lincoln | 2017.

Awarded for the best dissertation in MA Medieval Studies at the University of Lincoln.

The School of History and Heritage MA Bursary 

University of Lincoln | 2016.

Awarded to cover the fees of my MA.

The School Prize for Academic Achievement in History 

University of Lincoln | 2016.

Conferred for the best undergraduate dissertation in the School of History at the University of Lincoln.

Student Vote of Thanks Speech 

Lincoln Cathedral | 2016.

I gave the Student Vote of Thanks speech on behalf of my fellow graduates at my graduation ceremony in 2016.

Conferencing and events

  • ‘Eating People is Wrong? Heroes and Cannibals on the First Crusade’ |Leeds Central Library | July 2022
  • ‘Cannibalism as Spectacle in the Chanson d’Antioche’ | International Medieval Congress, Leeds | July 2022
  • Organiser and Moderator for a series sponsored by the Northern Network for the Study of Crusades | International Medieval Congress, Leeds | July 2022
  • Chair of Symposium Committee | ‘Writing Medieval History’ Symposium | May 2017



University of Leeds, Institute for Medieval Studies (2019–)

Title: Consume or be consumed: Anthropophagy in eleventh- to thirteenth-century European travel literature.

Supervisors: Dr Iona McCleery, Dr Catherine Batt.

MA Medieval Studies

University of Lincoln (2016–2017) | Distinction.

Dissertation: Sacred History and the Construction of ‘Frankish’ Identity in Guibert de Nogent’s Dei gesta per Francos.

Supervisor: Dr Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo.

BA History (Hons)

University of Lincoln (2013–2016) | First Class.

Dissertation: ‘Otherness’ and Identity in Guibert of Nogent’s Monodies.

Supervisor: Dr Michele Vescovi.