Participant Info

First Name
Rachel
Last Name
Delman
Affiliation
University of Oxford
Website URL
https://oxford.academia.edu/RachelDelman
Keywords
Gender, domestic space, built environment, late medieval
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Personal Info

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About Me

I’m a historian of late medieval England, with specialist expertise in gender, material culture and the built environment. My AHRC-funded doctoral thesis (awarded from the University of Oxford in December 2017) explored houses that were headed by noblewomen, and considered how female authority was articulated through the design, layout and use of the late medieval great residence and its wider landscape.

From September 2018, I will hold the Susan Manning Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, where I will be exploring the architectural patronage of the Scottish queen regent, Mary of Guelders (d. 1463).

In May 2019, I will join the History Department at the University of York for three years as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. My new project will explore the ways in which women beyond the level of the aristocracy (i.e. townswomen and county gentlewomen) utilised the built environment for displays of their social standing and agency.

A core part of my research involves collaborations with the heritage sector. I have acted as a historical advisor to properties teams at the National Trust, and I am also currently playing a leading role in a partnership between the University of Oxford and Coventry City Council, for which I am collaboratively devising, researching and implementing a series of exhibitions, activities and events on Coventry’s medieval heritage for City of Culture 2021.

Recent Publications

Monograph Manuscript

Conspicuous Privacy: Noblewomen and their Residences in Late Medieval England. Doctoral thesis accepted for publication with Oxford University Press’s Oxford Historical Monographs series.

Articles

‘Gendered Iconography and Female Authority in Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk’s Residence at Ewelme, Oxfordshire’, Journal of Medieval History, forthcoming February 2019.

Co-authored with A. Boeles Rowland, ‘People, Places and Possessions in Medieval Britain’, Introduction to the Journal of Medieval History’s Special Issue of the same name, forthcoming February 2019.

Book Reviews

Review of B. McDonagh, Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700-1830 (London, 2018), Institute of Historical Research: Reviews in History, in preparation.

Review of J. L. Laynesmith: Cecily Duchess of York (2017), English Historical Review, 133/4 (2018), forthcoming.

Review of N. Saul: Lordship and faith. The English gentry and the parish church in the Middle Ages (2017), Agricultural History Review, forthcoming.

Edited Collections

Commissioned articles and co-edited special issue for the Journal of Medieval History (JMH), ‘People, Places and Possessions in Medieval Britain’, forthcoming February 2019.

Blogs and Online Publications

‘Guilds’, entry contributed to the Oxford University/National Trust ‘Trusted Source’ webpage, in preparation.

‘Deer Parks’, entry contributed to the Oxford University/National Trust ‘Trusted Source’ webpage, forthcoming August 2018.

‘Dovecotes’, entry contributed to the Oxford University/National Trust ‘Trusted Source’ webpage, January 2018.

‘The Future of Heritage’, Guest blog post on ‘The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities’ webpage, June 2017.

Co-authored with P. Linton, ‘Parenthood & Childhood in the Middle Ages’, Conference Report, University of Edinburgh, 8th-9th October 2015, Journal of the Northern Renaissance: Polaris, 3rd August 2016.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
England
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Gender, Material Culture, Public History, Women