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 | 2019

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

Chair of Symposium Committee | ‘Writing Medieval History’ Symposium | May 2017

This symposium was the first of its kind run entirely by MA students in the School of History of Heritage at the University of Lincoln and aimed to provide a space for individuals to share and develop academic ‘works in progress’ as well as gain confidence in writing and presenting on medieval history.



PhD – University of Leeds, Institute for Medieval Studies (2019-2022)

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