Dr Stephen Spencer

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Dr Stephen Spencer
BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Position/Fellowship type:
Past and Present Fellow
Fellowship term:
01-Oct-2017 to 01-Oct-2019
Institute of Historical Research
Home institution:
Institute of Historical Research
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Cultural memory, History, Manuscript studies, Medieval History
England, Europe, Middle East
Summary of research interests and expertise:
  • The Crusades and crusades-related literature
  • The history of emotions
  • Medieval historical narratives
  • Medieval manuscripts
  • The memorisalisation of the Third Crusade
Project summary relevant to Fellowship:
  • Remembering the Third Crusade in Western Europe and the Latin East, c.1187–c.1300
  • Emotions in a Crusading Context, c.1095–c.1291


Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Nov-2019 Fear, Fortitude and Masculinity in William of Malmesbury’s Retelling of the First Crusade and the Establishment of the Latin East


Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture; special issue to be simultaneously published as Remembering the Crusades in Medieval Texts and Songs, ed. Andrew Buck and Thomas Smith (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, forthcoming 2019)

03-Oct-2019 Emotions in a Crusading Context, 1095–1291


Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming October 2019 (Emotions in History series)

01-Jan-2019 Two Unexamined Witnesses to Ralph of Coggeshall’s Chronicon Anglicanum in London, Lambeth Palace Library, MS 371


Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research 62/2 (2019), 279–86.

01-Jan-2018 Emotions and the 'Other': Emotional Characterizations of Muslim Protagonists in Narratives of the Crusades (1095–1192)


Literature of the Crusades, ed. Simon Parsons and Linda Paterson (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2018), 41–54.

28-Jun-2017 'Like a Raging Lion': Richard the Lionheart’s Anger during the Third Crusade in Medieval and Modern Historiography


The English Historical Review 132/556 (2017), 495–532.

07-Jun-2016 Piety, Brotherhood and Power: The Role and Significance of Emotions in Albert of Aachen’s Historia Ierosolimitana


Literature Compass 13/6 (2016), special issue: Emotions and Feelings in the Middle Ages, ed. Anthony Bale and Lynn Ramey, 423–43.

30-Dec-2014 The Emotional Rhetoric of Crusader Spirituality in the Narratives of the First Crusade


Nottingham Medieval Studies 58 (2014), 57–86.

06-Jan-2014 Constructing the Crusader: Emotional Language in the Narratives of the First Crusade


Jerusalem the Golden: The Origins and Impact of the First Crusade, ed. Susan B. Edgington and Luis García-Guijarro (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), 173–89.

Feelings of Betrayal and Echoes of the First Crusade in Odo of Deuil’s De Profectione Ludovici VII in Orientem


Historical Research (forthcoming 2020)

Additional Publications

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