Personal profile


Following my academic studies (BA, MSt University of Oxford) and PhD specialising in Medieval History (University of Southampton), I qualified in secondary school teaching (PGCE University of Bath) and from 2001-2013 taught History in a variety of schools and colleges, holding roles in middle and senior management before rejoining Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer (Education Studies) at the University of Northampton 2013- present. I was 'A' level examiner for History and have authored four textbooks for GCSE and A level (Medieval England 2004; Raiders and Invaders, Power and Control 2006; The First Crusade and the Crusader States 2010 all published by Pearson). I have published several peer-reviewed articles and chapters on the medieval aristocracy, including a paper in the leading journal, Historical Research. My latest book, The Making of England: from Rome to Reformation, was published in 2022 with Amberley Publishers. I am also a fiction author and my novel The Zaharoff Conspiracy was published by Methuen in 2014. I have acted as Historical advisor to an exhibition of Magna Carta in Washington DC, July 2021 with Hawkwood International, including co-scripting a short film with Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Batman, Venom, etc) as King John; and recently, consultant writer for BBC Bitesize Keystage 2 History. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

History of Education (curricula, pedagogy, great educators); Medieval History (gentry communities, government and politics, social history); history of England; social and political history, current History teaching pedagogy and curricula. I am interested in inter-disciplinary research, particularly archaeology, literature and historical records.

Teaching Interests

History of Education; curriculum studies; politics and culture; schooling strutures and organisations. Medieval History, history of childhood, heritage and education.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD, University of Southampton

Award Date: 1 Oct 2001

PGCE, University of Bath

1 Sept 20001 Jun 2001

Award Date: 1 Jul 2001

Master, MSt Historical Research, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

Bachelor, BA, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

External positions

Fellow , Royal Historical Society

Dec 2022 → …

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

1 Sept 2017 → …


  • LA History of education
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • L Education (General)


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