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    Which Universities are good for Medieval Military History, specifically in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries?

    This is for PhD study, so I'm referring to academic staff who specialise in this area.

    Thus far I have: Hull, Royal Holloway, York, Glasgow and Southampton. Also Poss. Lancaster, but not sure.

    Many thanks!
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    (Original post by Historians drink free)
    Which Universities are good for Medieval Military History, specifically in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries?

    This is for PhD study, so I'm referring to academic staff who specialise in this area.

    Thus far I have: Hull, Royal Holloway, York, Glasgow and Southampton. Also Poss. Lancaster, but not sure.

    Many thanks!
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    Fascinating topic area! May I ask what your PhD is about, more specifically? I've applied to study political interactions in the Rhineland, c. 1300-1500 (awaiting Oxford's approval), so I'm sure you can understand my interest

    By the way, while Oxford has no academics with particular expertise in medieval military history, it's one of the - if not the - best universities for the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, with three leading fellowships in the area. Plus the Bodleian is the best library in the UK. So consider coming here
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    Fascinating topic area! May I ask what your PhD is about, more specifically? I've applied to study political interactions in the Rhineland, c. 1300-1500 (awaiting Oxford's approval), so I'm sure you can understand my interest

    By the way, while Oxford has no academics with particular expertise in medieval military history, it's one of the - if not the - best universities for the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, with three leading fellowships in the area. Plus the Bodleian is the best library in the UK. So consider coming here
    Hey! Sorry for the late reply.

    Thank you for the reply and the suggestion. Interestingly, I almost went to Oxford this time round, but unsurprisingly just missed out on funding. Besides which, it probably makes more sense for me to be closer to my family this year. However, it would be nice if there were more specialists in later medieval history amongst the staff at the UEA. I would have loved to have gone to Oxford, though. The idea of studying in those Medieval buildings, surrounded by all that History, is very comforting. No matter!

    I feel I have mislead you, somewhat. When I say 'Military', I refer to the military aristocracy and gentry, and specifically to 'Retinue History/Prosopography' (being the focus of my current MA dissertation).

    I hope to expand my MA to write about the Military Aristocracy and Gentry of Norfolk and Suffolk, 1377-1485.

    Are there any colleges where I might have a slightly better chance of funding?
    Can you offer any tips for a good PhD proposal?

    To my shame, I haven't studied much Medieval German History, besides the reigns of Frederick I and Charles V. Judging by your name, I would have thought you were more interested in Ireland or Scotland...?
    When you say 'political interactions' are you referring to border relations (with France and other German areas), which encompasses military and social interaction, together with the development of 'local Rhineland identity'?

    Thanks again!
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    (Original post by Historians drink free)
    I feel I have mislead you, somewhat. When I say 'Military', I refer to the military aristocracy and gentry, and specifically to 'Retinue History/Prosopography' (being the focus of my current MA dissertation).

    I hope to expand my MA to write about the Military Aristocracy and Gentry of Norfolk and Suffolk, 1377-1485.
    How interesting! Truly following in the footsteps of K.B. McFarlane and subsequent generations of English late medievalists (Christine Carpenter, Helen Castor et al.). Prosopography and the study of retaining networks/'******* feudalism' has really illuminated later medieval English politics, and I'm hoping to apply some of these techniques myself in a less-studied continental region. Will you be using the Paston Letters for your MA dissertation?

    (Original post by Historians drink free)
    Are there any colleges where I might have a slightly better chance of funding?
    Can you offer any tips for a good PhD proposal?
    Well, I'm at the same stage as you (awaiting decisions for my PhD applications), so I'm not really in a position to say what makes a good PhD proposal beyond the obvious - be clear, be concise, really emphasise what makes your proposed research special and worth pursuing (unexamined material? new methodology? interdisciplinarity? etc)

    If you apply for a doctoral AHRC studentship at Oxford and miss out, but are eligible for one of the equivalent or near-equivalent college studentships (there's a handful), they'll automatically suggest switching as far as I'm aware, so don't worry too much about where you apply.

    (Original post by Historians drink free)
    To my shame, I haven't studied much Medieval German History, besides the reigns of Frederick I and Charles V. Judging by your name, I would have thought you were more interested in Ireland or Scotland...?
    My parents misleadingly gave me a Scottish name, but I'm a Swiss citizen and spent a lot of my childhood in France The main reason I'm studying Germany, though, is that it's still relatively uncharted territory (especially outside of the realm of high politics and the institutions of the Holy Roman Empire).

    (Original post by Historians drink free)
    When you say 'political interactions' are you referring to border relations (with France and other German areas), which encompasses military and social interaction, together with the development of 'local Rhineland identity'?
    I'm referring to all of those things. There's some quite rich source material (chronicles, letters, inventories, surviving badges and devices) from the towns and episcopal courts of the area, so I hope to create some sort of picture of the workings of politics at all levels in that region.

    Anyway, good luck with your applications, your project sounds really interesting
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    (Original post by King_Duncan)
    How interesting! Truly following in the footsteps of K.B. McFarlane and subsequent generations of English late medievalists (Christine Carpenter, Helen Castor et al.). Prosopography and the study of retaining networks/'******* feudalism' has really illuminated later medieval English politics, and I'm hoping to apply some of these techniques myself in a less-studied continental region. Will you be using the Paston Letters for your MA dissertation?



    Well, I'm at the same stage as you (awaiting decisions for my PhD applications), so I'm not really in a position to say what makes a good PhD proposal beyond the obvious - be clear, be concise, really emphasise what makes your proposed research special and worth pursuing (unexamined material? new methodology? interdisciplinarity? etc)

    If you apply for a doctoral AHRC studentship at Oxford and miss out, but are eligible for one of the equivalent or near-equivalent college studentships (there's a handful), they'll automatically suggest switching as far as I'm aware, so don't worry too much about where you apply.



    My parents misleadingly gave me a Scottish name, but I'm a Swiss citizen and spent a lot of my childhood in France The main reason I'm studying Germany, though, is that it's still relatively uncharted territory (especially outside of the realm of high politics and the institutions of the Holy Roman Empire).



    I'm referring to all of those things. There's some quite rich source material (chronicles, letters, inventories, surviving badges and devices) from the towns and episcopal courts of the area, so I hope to create some sort of picture of the workings of politics at all levels in that region.

    Anyway, good luck with your applications, your project sounds really interesting
    I'm not going to get an application in on time- can't get a reference from my tutors at UEA because I'm a newcomer and they haven't marked any of my work, I have just changed my thesis idea to retinue prosopography and haven't refined it enough yet. Oh, well! Maybe I'll hold off for a year??? Either way, I think Royal Holloway (Nigel Saul) and Southampton (Anne Curry) would be great places to try.

    So you're a Swiss-frenchman with a Scottish name, whose studying German history in England?!

    The Paston letters are probably too good a resource not to use... for anything... ever! However, the Pastons themselves have been done to death. Nonetheless, some study of the letters could reveal certain connections that would otherwise be unnoticed.

    Yeah! High politics in Germany would be covered pretty thoroughly. May I ask how you are going to research local agricultural and secular gentry? Does Germany have the equivelent of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Wills, Charters etc?

    Thanks for the reply, by the way.
 
 
 
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