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Matthew Ward

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Expertise Summary

My primary interest is in the interplay between politics and culture in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, particularly the Wars of the Roses and their aftermath. I utilise a range of source materials, primarily textual, but also visual and material.

Currently I am researching the theme of loyalty in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries and am preparing a monograph entitled 'The Culture of Loyalty in the Later Middle Ages' which will be published by Manchester University Press in 2024.

Teaching Summary

I teach on Making the Middle Ages (Level 1), and Power and Authority in the Middle Ages (Masters). I also offer a Level 3 module, Richard III: Man and Myth.

Research Summary

In January 2020 I completed a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 'The Culture of Loyalty in Fifteenth-Century England'. I am currently preparing the monograph for publication. The… read more

Recent Publications

  • 2022. Norbury's Medieval Mill Derbyshire Miscellany. 23(1), 12-17
  • MATTHEW WARD, 2021. Badges and other Paraheraldry. In: NIGEL RAMSAY, ed., Heralds and Heraldry in Medieval England Shaun Tyas. (In Press.)
  • HEFFERAN, M. and WARD, M., eds., 2020. Loyalty to the Monarchy in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain, c. 1400-1688 Palgrave Macmillan.

Current Research

In January 2020 I completed a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 'The Culture of Loyalty in Fifteenth-Century England'. I am currently preparing the monograph for publication. The project constitutes the first major attempt to define and understand political loyalty to the crown and secular lords in England, c.1400-1530: how it was manifested; how it developed and how it was discussed in political and social discourse. It focuses on a significant period in the evolution of the concept of loyalty: the end of the Hundred Years War, the instability of the Wars of the Roses, and attempts by the Yorkist and early Tudor regimes to increase the crown's authority in the localities.

Past Research

My PhD research focussed on the livery collar as a political and cultural item between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. A monograph, 'The Livery Collar in Late Medieval England and Wales: Politics, Identity and Affinity' was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2016. It was issued in paperback in 2021.

  • 2022. Norbury's Medieval Mill Derbyshire Miscellany. 23(1), 12-17
  • MATTHEW WARD, 2021. Badges and other Paraheraldry. In: NIGEL RAMSAY, ed., Heralds and Heraldry in Medieval England Shaun Tyas. (In Press.)
  • HEFFERAN, M. and WARD, M., eds., 2020. Loyalty to the Monarchy in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain, c. 1400-1688 Palgrave Macmillan.
  • MATTHEW WARD, 2019. The Cat, the Rat and the Dog History Today. 69(6), 60-5
  • MATTHEW WARD, 2019. Divided Loyalties in the Medieval World History Today. 69(12),
  • 2017. The Wars of the Roses. In: Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Medieval Literature Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2016. The Livery Collar in Late Medieval England and Wales: Politics, Identity and Affinity Boydell & Brewer.
  • 2016. Livery Collars. In: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles Brill.
  • 2014. The Livery Collar: Politics and Identity during the Fifteenth Century. In: Exploring the Evidence: Commemoration, Administration and the Economy, The Fifteenth Century XIII. Boydell & Brewer.
  • 2014. Loyalty and Locality in Tudor Derbyshire: the brass of Nicholas Kniveton, 1500 Bulletin of the Monumental Brass Society. 125, 492-4
  • 2012. The Tomb of “the Butcher”? The Tiptoft Monument in the Presbytery of Ely Cathedral Church Monuments. 27, 22-37
  • 2010. The Life and Death of Sir Henry Pierrepont, 1430-99: A Search for Identity and Memorial The Ricardian. 20, 80-93

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