Call for Contributions: The Crusades and the Far-Right in the 21st Century

The crusades refuse to remain in the past. In recent decades, elements of crusading rhetoric, iconography and historiography have been pressed into service by far-right, nationalist and related groups – sometimes with tragic consequences. From the shield-carrying white supremacists of Charlottesville to ‘Templar knight’ and mass-murderer Anders Breivik, self-styled ‘crusaders’ have often used a warped vision of the past as justification for antisocial or violent action in the present.As nationalist and far-right ideologies spread across Europe and the Americas, and as the academy engages in a welcome debate over how the crusades are taught, understanding how ideologues have misused our crusading past for their own ends is more important than ever. The aim of this volume therefore is to provide a timely exploration of this issue that crosses geographical and disciplinary boundaries.

The proposed volume edited by Charlotte Gauthier will be part of the Routledge Engaging the Crusades series, edited by Jonathan Phillips, Professor of the History of the Crusades at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Dr Mike Horswell, author of The Rise and Fall of British Crusader Medievalism, c. 1825-1945 (Routledge, 2018). It seeks to offer insight into the ways in which the crusades have been used in the last two centuries; demonstrating that the memory of the crusades is an important and emerging subject.

Proposals for articles of 6-8,000 words on any subject related to the appropriation of the crusades (e.g., crusader imagery, rhetoric, historical figures) by far-right, nationalist, white supremacist and associated individuals and groups in the 21st century are welcome. Pieces exploring appropriations of the crusades by individuals and groups outside the US/UK, and those taking a comparative or interdisciplinary approach are especially sought.

Potential topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • ‘Meme culture’ and the use of crusading imagery/rhetoric online
  • Invocations of the crusades by 21st-century political figures
  • Crusading conspiracy theories
  • The ‘modern military orders’
  • Crusading rhetoric/imagery as recruitment propaganda
  • Alternative/distorted histories of crusading
  • Modern crusader nationalism
  • ‘Crusade’ as justification for xenophobia, antisemitism or Islamophobia

Please submit an abstract of 200-300-words and a brief biography to Charlotte Gauthier ( by 15 July 2019. Inquiries are welcome at the same email address. First article drafts will be due by 15 October 2019, with an anticipated publication in spring 2020 (subject to commissioning by Routledge).

For more on the Engaging the Crusades series, see:


Twentieth Century British History’s Duncan Tanner Essay Prize 2019

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The annual Duncan Tanner Essay Prize from Twentieth Century British History is now open to entries for its 2019 prize. The prize aims to recognise and reward high quality scholarship from postgraduate research students in Britain and abroad. Entries can cover any aspect of British history in the twentieth century and need not conform to traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning entry in Twentieth Century British History
  • £500 worth of OUP books
  • A year’s free subscription to the journal

The prize is open to anyone currently registered for a higher research degree, in Britain or abroad, or to anyone who completed such a degree no earlier than October 2018. Entries should be no longer than 10,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references. The deadline for entries to this year’s prize is 1 November 2019.

Full entry requirements, as well as Terms & Conditions, can be found at

If you have any questions about the prize please contact Professor Adrian Bingham on


Keele University’s Latin and Palaeography Summer School

Keele’s summer school provides expert tuition in small groups for those who need to read medieval and early modern documents for local and national history.

This year features two introductory courses, to medieval Latin and to medieval palaeography, and three more advanced courses: Court Records of the Fourteenth & Fifteenth Centuries; Records of the Borough of Wallingford, 1250–1540; and Medieval Petitions to the Crown.

The school is frequently attended by local historians, postgraduate students, and archivists from UK and abroad, and is held in Keele University’s attractive campus in North Staffordshire. Some bursaries are available to help cover costs.

More details can be found at:


The Wandering Womb: Women’s health nursing past and present

Women have long been seen as at the mercy of their own biology. In the ancient medical world it was believed that a “wandering womb” could cause suffocation and death. Menstruation and childbearing were thought to make women weaker and less rational than men. Rising above these challenges, 100 years ago, women secured the right to vote in the UK. At the same time, nursing was formalised as a largely female profession. Since then, nurses have taken a leading role in challenging generalisations about women’s health. However, myths and misconceptions remain widespread, while medical and social changes have altered our biology as well as attitudes.

This exhibition addresses what has been seen as “normal” for women, past and present, and why women’s health has long been considered “dirty” nursing.

Please visit our website for more information:

Location: RCN Scotland, 42 South Oswald RoadEdinburgh, Scotland EH9 2HH

Dates: 8 May – 30 October 2019, 10am – 4pm


Images of Queen Mary I in Literature and Writing – call for papers

Images of Queen Mary I in Literature and Writing

 Edited by Valerie Schutte

I am seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focused on writings and literature about Queen Mary I. A few essays and book chapters exist on this subject, but there is no one volume that considers how Mary was written about in documents and letters as well as used in literature, from poetry to plays. While comparisons with her younger sister, Elizabeth, often yield fruitful results, this volume prefers essays focused solely on Mary so as to recover her from the shadows of Elizabeth and her reign. It is the purpose of this collection to present Mary in as many forms of writing as possible so as to offer a wide overview of her as queen, wife, and Tudor.

The collection will be submitted to the “Queenship and Power” series at Palgrave Macmillan, with planned publication for 2021. I will consider proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers, from graduate students to early career scholars to tenured faculty.

Possible essay topics include:

  • Poems celebrating Mary’s birth or pregnancies
  • Accession literature
  • Written commemorations of her death
  • Mary as written about in letters, particularly by ambassadors
  • Contemporary literature
  • Mary’s reputation in Italy or at the Papal Court
  • Mary in Spain, as Queen of Spain and Naples, or as a queen consort
  • Catholic or Protestant remembrances of Mary
  • Mary as represented by later rulers
  • Bio-bibliographies or compendiums
  • Novels, plays, and historical fiction
  • Treatment in encyclopedias or the ODNB

Essays not on these topics will also be considered.

Chapter proposals should be 250-300 words, accompanied by a brief biography, for essays of 6,000-8,000 words. Please email proposals and bios to no later than 1 August 2019. Accepted authors will be notified by September 2019 and complete essays will be due 1 August 2020.

Valerie Schutte earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Akron. She is author of Mary I and the Art of Book Dedications: Royal Women, Power, and Persuasion (2015). She has edited or co-edited four collections on topics such as Mary I, Shakespeare, and queenship. She has published articles on Shakespeare, royal Tudor women, and book dedications. She is currently working on a monograph on Princesses Mary and Elizabeth Tudor and is planning a large-scale project on Anne of Cleves.


Church Monuments Society Events

On 27 April, Michael Thompson & Jean Wilson are leading a tour of monuments in the churches of Thornhaugh, Apethorpe, Fotheringhay and Blatherwyck (Northants.

On 15-16 June we have a weekend tour of churches in South Somerset and Dorset – including Trent, Hinton St George, Melbury Sampford and Puddletown.

On 21 Sept. we celebrate our 40th birthday with a free study day at the St Alban’s Centre, Holborn, London.

More details and booking forms at


RHS Programme 2017

Friday 22 September, 6 pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL
Professor Chris Marsh (QUB)
‘Woman to the Plow and Man to the Hen-Roost:
Wives, Husbands, & Best-Selling Ballads in Seventeenth-Century England’

Thursday 26th October, Museum of London
Colin Matthew Memorial Lecture for the Public Understanding of History

Professor Mary Beard (Cambridge)
‘How to spot a Roman emperor’

Friday 24 November, 6pm, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL
2017 Presidential Address

Professor Margot Finn (UCL)
‘Material Turns in British History I: Loot’