Dr Harriett Webster BA, MA, PhD
Lecturer in Medieval History
Tel: 01570 424809
Head of Welfare for Humanities
Undergraduate Programme Director
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for History and Medieval Studies
BA, Historical Studies, University of Bristol
MA, Medieval and Early Modern History, University of Bristol
PhD, Medieval History, University of Bristol
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on AHRC-funded project ‘City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea’ at the University of Southampton
Taught at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton from 2010 - 2014
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the British Academy
I teach History, Medieval Studies and Digital Humanities.
My teaching is informed by my research interests in combining historical narratives with digital tools and methodologies and includes the following modules:
The Medieval World
Crusading in the Middle Ages
Identity and Myth: The Normans
Cults, Cures and Canonisation: Sainthood in the Middle Ages
History and Historians
The Cistercians and Thier World
Theory Methods and Practice
Medicine and Miracles: Health, Illness and Cures
Co-ordinator of undergraduate dissertations
Digital Humanities for Historians
Fact or Fiction?
MA and MRes supervision
My research interests lie in the field of medieval historical narratives, memory, and the communities which produced them. I have published an article on medieval memory and oral testimony, and am currently working on two new editions of monastic histories: 'The Annals of Dunstable Priory' and The Chronicon Anglicanum from Coggeshall Abbey in Essex.
I am also interested in the possibilities offered by the Digital Humanities. I have published an online digital edition and translation of texts relating to Medieval Swansea (https://www.medievalswansea.ac.uk/en/index.html), and am currently looking to future developments for the ‘Monastic Wales’ website (https://www.monasticwales.org/).
H. Webster, ‘Mediating memory: recalling and recording the miracles of St Thomas Cantilupe’, Power, Identity and Miracles on a Medieval Frontier: Journal of Medieval History vol 41 (2015).
The Annals of Dunstable Priory, ed. H. Webster, trans. D. Preest (Boydell and Brewer: Woodbridge, 2018).
H.Webster, 'The rescustitation of the twice-hanged Man: miracles and the body in medieval Swansea', Body Matters: Exploring the MAteriality of the Human Body, ed. L. Attala, L. Steel, and K. Zinn (Cardiff, 2019) pp. 135 – 55.
‘The World of Dunstable Priory’, Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies (accepted for publication in 2020).
‘The Chronicon Anglicanum of Coggeshall Abbey: Writing and Reading History in Thirteenth-Century England’ (preparing for submission to The Mediaeval Journal)
How to make a saint: sainthood and canonisation in medieval England (University of Wales Press, submission date: April 2020)
Parallel Latin edition and translation of the Chronicon Anglicanum (under contract with Boydell Medieval Texts, submission: July 2021)