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School of History

Professor Virginia Davis


Professor of Medieval History

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8354
Room Number: ArtsTwo 3.34


I did my BA and Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the University of Hull and then to Queen Mary University of London.

I have an MBA in Higher Education Management from the Institute of Education.  I was Head of the School of History for eight years before taking up my current role as Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.


Research Interests:

My research interests centre on the history of the medieval church and its relationship with society with particular reference to England c.1350-1540, drawing upon evidence from material culture as well as from written sources and utilising digital technologies to explore the material.

Interests include:

  • The English clergy in the late medieval ages
  • Religion in the medieval household
  • Women and Religion
  • Medieval education and educational institutions



Selected Articles and Chapters


I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Late medieval British ecclesiastical, social and educational history
  • Material and visual culture from the late middle ages
  • Medieval women
  • Medieval Irish history

Current PHD Students

  • Julie Bungey – Ladies, Lordships and Losses; The lives of three generations of aristocratic women in the fifteenth century: Alice Montagu, Countess of Salisbury, Katherine Neville, Baroness Hastings and Cecily Bonville, Marchioness of Dorset.
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