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Dr. Cindy Wood

Associate Lecturer in Medieval History

cindy.wood@chi.ac.uk

I am an Associate Lecturer with the Department of History and Politics at the University of Chichester and a part-time lecturer at the University of Winchester, where I have amassed wide teaching experience at all University levels over the past decade. Throughout my BA, MA and PhD research I studied both History and Archaeology, specialising in chantry chapels, churches, intercession and late medieval religion. Therefore I encourage students to use material culture (e.g.buildings, art, and other cultural artefacts) as historical ‘evidence’, alongside written sources. I came to academia after an earlier career as a diamond sorter and valuer, and a business owner.

My teaching and research have focused on the political aspects and material impact of events in the period 1300-1550 both in the Church and society, particularly the late-medieval doctrine of Purgatory and its outward manifestations of chapels and altars, where dedicated Masses could be performed to alleviate the expected horrors of the afterlife. This has been placed into the context of the late medieval period as a whole. At present I am completing a book based on my teaching experience with new undergraduates studying the late-medieval period. It will offer a thematic approach to the period 1300-1550 across Europe, aiming to help students understand the era beyond more traditional chronological approaches.

Publications

2015    An Introduction to European Medieval History: A Thematic Approach, Routledge (Publication date 15/4/2016)

2013    ‘Chantries and Chantry Chapels’, Cathedrals and Monasteries, A Christianity and Culture Resource, ed. D. Dyas, University of York (CD)

2010    ‘The Cage Chantries of Christchurch Priory’, Memory and Commemoration in Medieval England, Proceedings of the 2008 Harlaxton Symposium, eds. C M Barron

and C Burgess (Donington)

2009    ‘The Chantries and Chantry Chapels of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle’, Southern History, 31

Teaching

HIL 141 – Game of Thrones: The Hundred Years’ War 1337-1453

HIL 140 – The Black Death

HIL 233 – Culture and Civilisation in Late Medieval England (Guest Lecturer since 2008)

Research Interests

  • Intercession for the soul in the Late Medieval period and changes in doctrine in the sixteenth century
  • Church and ecclesiastical history
  • Church and chapel buildings, burials sequences and decoration
  • The transition from school to university study, especially for prospective medievalists

Fellowships and Societies

  • Membership Secretary for the Southern History Society
  • Secretary of the Friends of Clarendon Palace

Recent Conference Papers

Winchester Cathedral guides- The Chantries and Chantry Chapels of Winchester Cathedral – October 2015

Salisbury Cathedral Guides – The Chantries and Chantry Chapels of Salisbury Cathedral – November 2014

University of Winchester - The Nature and Extent of the Royal Family 1399-1509, Kings and Queens 1 - Networks, July 2013

University of Helsinki - Preparing for Death: The Intercessionary Tactics of William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester 1366-1404, Preparing for Death in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, March 2013

Centre for Wessex History and Archeology - Chantries of Salisbury Cathedral, Death & Commemoration in Salisbury & Wessex in the Later Middle Ages, March 2013

Rye Medieval Symposium - Chantries and Cage Chantries in Southern England, Rye, October 2012

Lower Test Valley Historical Association- The Intercessionary Monuments of Salisbury Cathedral, Seminar Series, Romsey, March 2012

University of Reading - Invisible Chantries: the Monastic Experience, Reading University Late Medieval and Early Modern Seminar Series, January 2012