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Dr Paul Webster 

Position:History Teaching Associate

Location:John Percival Building, Room 5.04

Research Interests

Medieval History: especially kingship and royal religious expression in England and the so-called Angevin 'Empire' during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in the piety of King John, a ruler generally viewed as an irreligious tyrant, but who in fact pursued a clear strategy designed to secure the salvation of his soul. I am currently working on a book developing this research, and co-editing a volume of studies of the impact of the cult of St Thomas Becket in medieval England and Europe.

Selected Publications

  • Paul Webster, King John and Religion (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, forthcoming 2015).
  • Paul Webster, ‘‘King John and Rouen: Royal itineration, kingship, and the Norman ‘capital’, c.1199-c.1204’ in Society and Culture in Medieval Rouen 911-1300 (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2013), pp. 309-37.
  • Paul Webster, ‘The Military Orders at the Court of King John’, in The Military Orders. Volume 5: Politics and Power, ed. by Peter W. Edbury (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2012), pp. 209-18.
  • Paul Webster, ‘Crown, Cathedral, and Conflict: King John and Canterbury’, in Cathedrals, Communities and Conflict in the Anglo-Norman World, ed. by Paul Dalton, Charles Insley, and Louise J. Wilkinson (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2011), pp. 203-19.
  • Paul Webster, ‘King John and Rouen: Royal itineration, kingship, and the Norman ‘capital’, c.1199-c.1204’, Cardiff Historical Papers, 2008/3, available online at:

Research Projects

King John and Religion

After Becket: the Reaction of the Plantagenet World

Additional Information

I offer the following Part Two modules:

HS 1713 ‘The Devil’s Brood’: The Angevin Kings of England c.1154-c.1272

HS 1813: Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399

I contribute to teaching the following Part One module:

HS 1801 Dissertation