About our staff
Dr Cordelia Beattie
BA, MA, DPhil, FRHistS
Senior Lecturer; History
Head of the Medieval Section
Affiliated research centres
I studied medieval and modern history at the University of Birmingham, which is where I developed an abiding interest in medieval social history. My particular research interest in medieval women led me to the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, where I obtaining an MA and a DPhil in Medieval Studies. I was appointed Lecturer in Medieval History at Edinburgh in 2001. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008 and was the founding director of the cross-College Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies later that year.
I am the medieval editor for Manchester University Press’s Gender in History series and I am on the editorial board of Women’s History Review. I am also on the steering committee of the Gender and Medieval Studies group, which hosts an annual conference.
My academia.edu page: https://edinburgh.academia.edu/CordeliaBeattie
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
- Language & Literature
- Early Modern
My research interests broadly lie in the history of women and gender in pre-modern England and Europe, especially in relation to the law, marriage, and work.
Current research activities
I am currently working on a number of projects. For example, I am pursuing an interest in women’s legal status and activities, currently through an analysis of married women’s ability to own property and make testaments in pre-modern England, Ireland and Scotland.
Married Women’s Wills in Sixteenth-century Scotland with Dr Cathryn Spence (my former doctoral student) and the National Records of Scotland.
A Family at Work. Title woodcut from Bartholomaeus Metlinger, 'Regiment der jungen Kinder' (Augsburg: Hanns Shauren, 1500). Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.
- Introduction to Medieval Europe 2A: c.950-1200
- Introduction to Medieval Europe 2B: c.1200-1450
- History in Theory (3rd year core course)
- Women in England, 1300-1700 (4MA)
- Gender and Society: Men and Women in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500 (Option)
- Plague, Politics and Protest: Rebellion and Society in Fourteenth Century England. (Option).
- Writing History: Theory and Practice (PhD core course)
- Women in Medieval Europe, 1000-1500.
- Approaches to Gender History
- Sources of Medieval History
|Name||Degree||Thesis topic||Supervision type||Link|
|Reynolds, Gordon||PhD||'"Quid dico de remanentibus?" - Women and Crusade Homefront in England (1187-1241)'||Joint|
|Sandall, Malin||PhD||Representations of Muslim Men in the Imagination of the Medieval West, c. 950-1300||Secondary|
|Shepherd, Hannah||PhD||Gender, space, environment: mapping place in saints' lives 1100-1300||Primary|
|Name||Degree||Thesis topic||Supervision type||Completion year||Link|
|Spence, Cathryn||PhD||'To Content and Pay': Women's Economic Roles in Edinburgh, Haddington and Linlithgow, 1560-1640||Primary||2010|
|Talbott, Kara||MScR||Women and Crime in Early Modern England||Primary||2004|
Books - Authored
Beattie, C. (2007) Medieval Single Women: The Politics of Social Classification in Late Medieval England. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Books - Edited
Beattie, C. (ed.) (2017) Women in the Medieval World. Abingdon & New York: Routledge
Beattie, C. and Stevens, M. (eds.) (2013) Married Women and the Law in Premodern Northwest Europe. Boydell Press
Beattie, C. and Fenton, K. (eds.) (2010) Intersections of Gender, Religion and Ethnicity in the Middle Ages. Palgrave Macmillan
Beattie, C., Beattie, C., Maslakovic, A. and Jones, S. (eds.) (2003) The Medieval Household in Christian Europe, c. 850-1550: Managing Power, Wealth and the Body. Brepols Publishers
Beattie, C. (2019) The discovery of two missing Alice Thornton manuscripts. Notes and queries, 66(4), pp. 547-553DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjz116
Beattie, C. (2017) Servantes, femmes et veuves: Lire le genre dans les suppliques féminines à la cour de la chancellerie anglaise à la fin du Moyen Age. Cahiers électroniques d’histoire textuelle du LAMOP, 8, pp. 1-28
Beattie, C. (2008) "Living as a single person". Marital Status, Performance and the Law in Late Medieval England. Women's History Review, 17(3), pp. 327-40DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09612020801924381
Beattie, C. (2017) General introduction. In: Beattie, C. (ed.) Women in the medieval world. Routledge, pp. 1-29
Beattie, C. (2013) Your oratrice: Women's petitions to the late medieval court of Chancery. In: Kane, B. and Williamson, F. (eds.) Women, Agency and the Law, 1300–1700. Pickering & Chatto, pp. 17-30
Beattie, C. and Stevens, M. (2013) Introduction: Uncovering married women. In: Beattie, C. and Stevens, M. (eds.) Married Women and the Law in Premodern Northwest Europe. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, pp. 1-10
Beattie, C. (2013) Married Women, Contracts and Coverture in Late Medieval England. In: Married Women and the Law in Premodern Northwest Europe. Boydell and Brewer
Beattie, C. (2013) The Life Cycle: The Ages of Medieval Women. In: Phillips, K. (ed.) A Cultural History of Women: In the Middle Ages. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 15-38
Beattie, C. (2010) Introduction: Gender, Power and Difference. In: Beattie, C. and Fenton, K. (eds.) Intersections of Gender, Religion and Ethnicity in the Middle Ages. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-11
Beattie, C. (2010) Economy. In: Cavallo, S. and Evangelisti, S. (eds.) A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Early Modern Age. Berg, pp. 49-67
Beattie, C. (2006) Single Women, Work and Family: The Chancery Dispute of Jane Wynde and Margaret Clerk. In: Goodich, M. (ed.) Voices from the Bench: The Narratives of Lesser Folk in Medieval Trials. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 177-202
Beattie, C. (2005) Gender and Femininity in Medieval England. In: Partner, N. (ed.) Writing Medieval History. Hodder Arnold, pp. 153-70
Beattie, C. (2003) Governing Bodies: Local Courts, Male Householders and Single Women in Late Medieval England. In: Beattie, C., Maslakovic, A. and Jones, S. (eds.) The Medieval Household in Christian Europe, c. 850-1550: Managing Power, Wealth and the Body. Brepols Publishers, pp. 199-220
Beattie, C. (2003) Introduction, Locating the Household: Public, Private, and the Social Construction of Gender and Space. In: Beattie, C., Maslakovic, A. and Jones, S. (eds.) The Medieval Household in Christian Europe, c. 850-1550: Managing Power, Wealth and the Body. Brepols, pp. 1-8
Beattie, C. (2000) A room of one's own? The legal evidence for the residential arrangements of women without husbands in late fourteenth-and early fifteenth centruy York. In: Menuge, N. (ed.) Medieval Women and the Law. Boydell Press, pp. 41-56
Beattie, C. (2000) The problem of women's work identitites in post Black Death England'. In: Bothwell, J., Goldberg, P. and Ormrod, W. (eds.) The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-century England. York Medieval Press, pp. 1-19