Dr James Doherty


Having completed an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Liverpool, I undertook funded doctoral research at Lancaster University. My thesis examined the phenomenon of independent crusading in the years between the First and Second Crusades, and I graduated with a PhD in Medieval History in 2014.

Since that time, I have held both teaching and research posts. In 2015, I was appointed Research Assistant for the scholarly network GW4 Medieval Studies, which brought together medievalists working at the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff. Between 2015 and 2018, I was Project Facilitator for the Leverhulme International Network Charlemagne: A European Icon.

I have taught history at Lancaster University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Glasgow, where I was Lecturer in Medieval History during the academic year 2016–2017. I joined the School of History at Leeds in August 2018 as Teaching Fellow in Medieval History and Director of the MAs in Medieval History and Medieval Studies.


  • Deputy Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies
  • Programme Lead MA Medieval Studies & MA Medieval History

Research interests

To date, my work has concentrated on political culture, crusading and the nature of power in Europe during the Middle Ages. My forthcoming book, which focuses on the life of Count Hugh of Champagne, will explore the impact of the First Crusade on the practice of comital lordship in the first half of the twelfth century.

I am involved in two further projects. First, alongside colleagues at Fordham University, I am a supervising scholar on the Independent Crusaders Mapping Project. This online venture is freely available to students and researchers interested in the topic of armed pilgrimage between the 'numbered' crusades. It includes digitised and interactive charters, maps of independent crusader origins and interpretive essays. At present, we are producing teaching materials, which will be free to download over the coming months. Second, I am undertaking a wide-ranging study of historical consciousness in England during the late medieval and early modern periods by focusing on works concerned with regional and family history. This project builds on the findings of a forthcoming article, in which I examine the commemoration of the crusading activities of the Furnival family as recorded in a genealogical history produced at Worksop Priory in the late fifteenth century. My primary source base will be the contents of often-unexplored antiquarian collections.



‘Commemorating the Crusading Past in Late Medieval England: The Worksop Priory tabula’, English Historical Review (forthcoming 2020).

‘Count Hugh of Troyes and the Prestige of Jerusalem’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association 102/353 (2017): 874–88.

Crusading and Comital Lordship: Count Hugh of Champagne and the Impact of the First Crusade (forthcoming monograph).

‘Pilgrim Knights: The Status of Armed Pilgrims in the Holy Land between the Twelfth Century’s Canonical Crusades’ (article under preparation).

‘"You stayed at home as though you were the daughter of your father": Gendered Insults and Crusading Masculinities in Medieval Sagas’, in Crusading and Masculinities, ed. Natasha R. Hodgson, Katherine J. Lewis and Matthew M. Mesley (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

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  • PhD Medieval History, Lancaster University (2014)
  • MA Medieval Studies, University of Liverpool (2009)
  • BA (Hons) History, University of Liverpool (2005)

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East
  • Member of the Haskins Society

Student education

I teach medieval history and covene courses on crusading topics at both BA and MA level. I am always pleased to discuss BA and MA thesis supervision with students interested in medieval topics, especially those related to crusading, political culture, memory and cultural capital.