• Dr Lewis with A level History students
Academic | Posted 19.11.2014

Historians consider ‘Kingship and masculinity’

P.A.S.T. / Senior Essay Society: ‘Kingship and Masculinity’

On Wednesday 12th November we were delighted to welcome Dr  Katherine Lewis, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Huddersfield. Dr  Lewis has a wide range of historical interests, most notably the history of gender and identity in late Medieval England. She has recently published a book with Routledge entitled, ‘Kingship and Masculinity’ which focuses on Kings Henry V and Henry VI.

After a tour of the College Collections (during which she was shown several of our most interesting items such as, Queen Elizabeth of York’s Primer), Dr Lewis gave a thought-provoking presentation on how Medieval  Kings were taught how to be men. Dr Lewis  focused on two main kings, Edward III and Henry VI both of whom figure prominently in our A Level history teaching. What was particularly  interesting about the talk was her delineation of the ways in which various Medieval kings have been represented and the kinds of historical tropes by which  they were interpreted.

The talk was very well attended with standing room only in the Bayley Room. It gave rise to some interesting questions and much contemplation of how Shakespeare used these image types in his history plays. We are very grateful to Dr Lewis for giving us such a stimulating talk and very much hope that she will be able to come again in the future.