Quinty Uitman


I completed by BA in History at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where I wrote my dissertation on the authoritative responses to the fourteenth-century plague outbreaks by London's and Florence's authorities. In 2020, I started my MA in Medieval History at the University of Leeds, where my focus remained on medieval medicine. I wrote my dissertation on the importance of trust as an actor within the late-medieval patient-practitioner relationshoip (1300-1500), where I was supervised by Dr Iona McCleery, and I completed the MA in 2021.

I began my PhD at the University of Leeds in October 2022, where I explore images of the male body in medical iconography, focusing on the impaired, wounded and sick body. I aim to discuss the relationship between medieval medicine and masculinities.


Work Experience:

Contributor, International Medieval Bibliography (Internship 2021, employment 2021-present)

Special Collections/Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society Intern (2022)



'The Black Death: Medieval London's Response to an Epiddemic in the Fourteenth Century', History Student Times, 13.1 (2020), 15-6.

‘The Decameron: Women’s Looks and Character in Boccaccio’s Fourteenth-Century Florentine Novel’, History Student Times, 13.3 (2021), 6-7.



I was on the project team for the Ripon Cathedral Fragments Day (part of the Sadler Seminar Series), hosted by University's Special Collections and funded by Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute. This event brought together various people to uncover the hidden history of manuscript fragments in Ripon Cathedral's library books. 

Research interests

My current research looks at the images of the impaired, wounded and sick male body in medical iconography.

My focus is on the later medieval period, 1300 to 1500, and Italy, England, Germany, and the Low Countries. I look at the relationship between medicine and masculinities through discussing the male body in medieval culture (medicine, society, literature, etc.), ideas on masculinities, and ideas on wounds, disease and impairment (once again, in medicine, society, literature, etc.).


  • MA Medieval Studies (University of Leeds)
  • BA History (Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands)