Dr Harriett Webster

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Dr Harriett Webster BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in Medieval History

Tel: 01570 424809
E-mail: h.webster@uwtsd.ac.uk

Head of Welfare for Humanities 

Undergraduate Programme Director

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for History and Medieval Studies

BA, Historical Studies, University of Bristol

MA, Medieval and Early Modern History, University of Bristol

PhD, Medieval History, University of Bristol

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on AHRC-funded project ‘City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea’ at the University of Southampton

Taught at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton from 2010 - 2014

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the British Academy

I teach History, Medieval Studies and Digital Humanities.

My teaching is informed by my research interests in combining historical narratives with digital tools and methodologies and includes the following modules:


Level 4:

The Medieval World

Crusading in the Middle Ages


Level 5/6:

Identity and Myth: The Normans

Cults, Cures and Canonisation: Sainthood in the Middle Ages

History and Historians

The Cistercians and Thier World

Theory Methods and Practice

Fieldtrip Module

Medicine and Miracles: Health, Illness and Cures

Co-ordinator of undergraduate dissertations


Level 7:

Digital Humanities for Historians

Fact or Fiction?

MA and MRes supervision


My research interests lie in the field of medieval historical narratives, memory, and the communities which produced them. I have published an article on medieval memory and oral testimony, and am currently working on two new editions of monastic histories: 'The Annals of Dunstable Priory' and The Chronicon Anglicanum from Coggeshall Abbey in Essex.

I am also interested in the possibilities offered by the Digital Humanities. I have published an online digital edition and translation of texts relating to Medieval Swansea (https://www.medievalswansea.ac.uk/en/index.html), and am currently looking to future developments for the ‘Monastic Wales’ website (https://www.monasticwales.org/).   

H. Webster, ‘Mediating memory: recalling and recording the miracles of St Thomas Cantilupe’, Power, Identity and Miracles on a Medieval Frontier: Journal of Medieval History vol 41 (2015).

The Annals of Dunstable Priory, ed. H. Webster, trans. D. Preest (Boydell and Brewer: Woodbridge, 2018).

H.Webster, 'The rescustitation of the twice-hanged Man: miracles and the body in medieval Swansea', Body Matters: Exploring the MAteriality of the Human Body, ed. L. Attala, L. Steel, and K. Zinn (Cardiff, 2019) pp. 135 – 55.

‘The World of Dunstable Priory’, Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies (accepted for publication in 2020).

In preparation: 

‘The Chronicon Anglicanum of Coggeshall Abbey: Writing and Reading History in Thirteenth-Century England’ (preparing for submission to The Mediaeval Journal)

 How to make a saint: sainthood and canonisation in medieval England (University of Wales Press, submission date: April 2020)

Parallel Latin edition and translation of the Chronicon Anglicanum (under contract with Boydell Medieval Texts, submission: July 2021)