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University of Winchester
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gender, space, buildings, medieval, England, Normandy, hostages, memory, material culture
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Dr Katherine Weikert is Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval European History with backgrounds in archaeology and material culture. Her main areas of research examine the connections between gender, space and authority in England and Normandy ca 900 – 1200, female hostageships in the central Middle Ages, and the political uses of the medieval past.

Recent Publications
  • Medieval Hostageship c. 700 – c.1500: Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker, eds M. Bennett and K. Weikert (London: Routledge, 2017)
  • ‘The Biography of a Place: Faccombe Netherton, Hampshire, ca 900 – 1200.’ Anglo-Norman Studies 37 (2015), 257-84.
  • Valiant Losers,’ History Today, October 2016.
  • ‘Creating a Choreographed Space: Anglo-Norman Keeps ca. 1100-1250,’ in L. Thomas (ed.), Buildings in Society: International Studies in the Historic Era (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018), 127-40.
  • ‘Feminism, Fiction and the Empress Matilda,’ in J. North, K. Alvestad and E. Woodacre (eds), Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers: Gender, Sex, and Power in Popular Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018).
  • ‘The Princesses who might have been hostages: the custody and marriages of Margaret and Isabella of Scotland, 1209-1220s,’ in M. Bennett and K. Weikert (eds), Medieval Hostageship c. 700 – c.1500 (London: Routledge, 2017), 122-39.
  • ‘The State of Play: Medieval Hostageship in Modern Scholarship,’ co-authored with M. Bennett, in M. Bennett and K. Weikert (eds), Medieval Hostageship c. 700 – c.1500 (London: Routledge, 2017), 1-14.
  • ‘The (truncated) existence of Alice de Solers Rufus née de Huntingfield: medieval hostage, wife and widow,’ in R. Smith and G. Watson (eds), Writing the Lives of People and Things, AD 500 – 1700: A Multi-disciplinary Future for Biography (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016), 13-27.
  • ‘Fulfilling her duties as wife’: the Empress Matilda, conception and motherhood in popular fiction, 1970 to the present,’ in: C. Fleiner and E. Woodacre (eds), Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Eras (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016), 225-46.
  • ‘Place and Prestige: Enacting and Displaying Authority in English Domestic Spaces during the Central Middle Ages,’ in S. Stull (ed.), From West to East: Current Approaches in Medieval Archaeology (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014), 96-120.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
England, France
Expertise by Geography
England, France
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Public History