I gained my BA (Hons) at Royal Holloway in 2002, University of London and my PhD on Wales and the Crusades in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 2007.
I have previosuly taught at Aberystwyth University and the University of Wales, Lampeter
Postgraduate Research Lead for History, Politics and Philosophy (May 2019-present)
History Research Centre Management Committee (Sept 2019-present)
History Leadership Team (Sept 2018-present)
Faculty Research Degrees Co-ordinator for History (Jan 2019-present)
Faculty Research Degrees Committee (Jan 2019-present)
MA History Programme Leader (Sepot 2018-Auust 2019)
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Sept 2012-present)
Nations and Civilisations Research Cluster
Reading Latin and Welsh.
I am able to offer postgraduate supervision (MA, MRes, MPhil or PhD) in the following subject areas:
PhD students (completed)
PhD students (in progress)
Christie Majaros, 'The Function of Hospitaller Houses in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales', PhD Cardiff, 2016.
External Examiner at the University of Manchester for undegraduate and postgraduate Medieval history.
I am an historian of medieval Britain, with particular reference to the role of the crusades in British life and the consequences of warfare on those who took part. I also work on pilgrimage in Wales from the medieval to modern era.
I lead the network on The Returning Soldier with colleagues at Manchester Metropolitan University and elsewhere to examine the figure of the Returning Soldier from the Ancient World to the early twenty-first century. My particular interest in this lies in the impact of crusading on those who return from conflict, and the potential transformative impact of fighting a holy war. I am interested in how successful campaigns compared to those deemed failures, the impact of mental and physical injury, and the ways in which returning crusaders sought to remember, commemorate and deal with their own participation. My first article coming from this research on Geoffrey Dutton, a crusader who returned to Cheshire following the Fifth Crusade (c.1218-1222) was published in Northern History in 2017, while a second on the psychological consequences of medieval warfare will be out next year with Bloomsbury.
Our next The Returning Soldier event will be our confernce on The Cultural Veteran, held at Manchester Metropolitan, in June 2020.
I am also developing a project with St Winefride's Well Library and Archive to digitise parts of the archive, and make the catalogue accessible online. As part of this work I am researching the changing activities of pilgrims to the Well over a thousand-year period, looking at how concepts of authenticity and tradition, and the performance of pilgrimage, changed during that time.
I am currently working with Dr Peter Lindfield (English, Manchester Metropolitan University) on Medievalism(s), and Dr Sam Edwards (History, Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr Alison Slater (History of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University) on the Collaborative Memory Research Cluster.
I have contributed to the Monastic Wales project, run by Professor Janet Burton and Dr Karen Stober www.monasticwales.org
KS. Hurlock (2018). Medieval Welsh Pilgrimage, c.1100-1500. New York: Palgrave.
K. Hurlock, P. Oldfield (2015). Crusading and Pilgrimage in the Norman World. Boydell Press.
K. Hurlock (2013). Britain, Ireland and the Crusades, C.1000-1300. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
K. Hurlock (2012). Wales and the Crusades.
K. Hurlock (2017). A Transformed Life? Geoffrey of Dutton, the Fifth Crusade, and the Holy Cross of Norton. Northern History. 54(1), pp.15-27.
KS. Hurlock, K. Hurlock (2011). Cheshire and the Crusades. Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. 159,
K. Hurlock (2011). The Crusades to 1291 in the annals of medieval Ireland. Irish Historical Studies. 37(148), pp.517-534.
K. Hurlock (2010). Fourteenth Century England V. HISTORY. 95(317), pp.112-113.
K. Hurlock (2009). The Welsh wife of Malcolm, earl of Fife (d.1266): An alternative suggestion. Scottish Historical Review. 88(2), pp.352-355.
K. Hurlock (2009). Counselling the prince: Advice and counsel in thirteenth-century Welsh society. History. 94(313), pp.20-35.
K. Hurlock (2009). CRUSADES AND CRUSADING IN THE WELSH ANNALISTIC CHRONICLES. TRIVIUM. pp.3-31.
K. Hurlock (2018). Welsh pilgrims and crusaders in the middle ages. P. Skinner. In: The Welsh and the Medieval World: Travel, Migration and Exile. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp.157-174.
KS. Hurlock (2015). 'Introduction', in Crusading and Pilgrimage in the Norman World. In: Crusading and Pilgrimage in the Norman World. Boydell,
KS. Hurlock (2015). 'The Norman influence on crusaders from England and Wales'. K. Hurlock, P. Oldfield. In: Crusading and Pilgrimage in the Norman World. Boydell and Brewer,
KS. Hurlock, K. Hurlock (2013). Pilgrimage. K. Stober, J. Burton. In: Monastic Wales: New Approaches. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp.119-131.
KS. Hurlock (2010). Norman Conquests, Norman Expansion. In: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology, Volume 1.
K. Hurlock (2005). Power preaching and the Crusades in Pura Wallia c.1180-c.1280. B. Weiler, J. Burton, K. Stober. In: Thirteenth Century England XI: Proceedings of the Gregynog Conference 2005. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, pp.94-108.
Co-Organiser, wtih Dr Mercedes Penalba-Sotorrio, of the first Symposium for The Returning Soldier, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 2018
Oerganiser of the Second Symposium of the Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades on 'The Modern Appropriation of the Crusades', Manchester Metropolitan University, February 2018 https://nnscrusades.wordpress.com/conferences-calls-for-papers/
I have organised a numebr of sessions at the Leeds International Medieval Congress (2010-2018)
Co-organiser (with Dr Paul Oldfield, Manchester University) of a two day Symposium on Pilgrimage and Crusade in the Norman World, September 2012, held at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Convenor and Organiser of a one-day conference on Peripheral Regions and Centres in Pre-Modern Europe, c.1100-1700: one-day workshop, 3 May 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University
I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2017-22). I have also been a reviewer for the University of Wales Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Historical Research, Womens’ History Review, Boydell and Brewer, Routledge, Court Studies and others.
Contributor to an exhibition on Wales and the Crusades, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Served on the panel of advisors on the reconstruction of the medieval court of Llys Rhosyr (National Museum of Wales, St Fagan’s, Cardiff)
In 2015, I contributed to the Diamond Review of Higher Education in Wales.
I have written for The Conversation, and been interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, and a number of print and online newspapers, including the Daily Mail, iNews, The Western Mail, The New European and Walesonline. I have also appeared on BBC Breakfast, and produced a podcast for BBC History Magazine.
In May 2018, I am speaking at the Hay Literary Festival on Wayfaring, focussing on my works on crusade and pilgrimage travel in Wales: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-14118-kathryn-hurlock.aspx
Series Editor, Anthem Medieval Studies Series
Series Co-Editor (with John D. Hosler), War and Conflict in Pre-Modern Socities, ARC Humanities Press: https://arc-humanities.org/our-series/arc/wcp/