Biography

I joined the School of History in 1995 after completing undergraduate and postgraduate work in London. Between leaving school and becoming an academic historian, I was a bank clerk, a buyer of cardboard boxes and plastic bottles, a labourer, and a housing liaison officer for Camden Council. I am currently director of the Battle conference for Anglo-Norman Studies and edit the annual publication, Anglo-Norman Studies. I am also an associate editor of the journal History. In 2019, I held a visiting professorship at the Sorbonne.

Below is a select list of my publications:

Henry III: A Simple and God-Fearing King, Allen Lane, Penguin Books, 2017

King John: England, Magna Carta, and the Making of a Tyrant, Macmillan (UK), 2015, and King John and the Road to Magna Carta, Basic Books (USA), 2015

Dialogus de Scaccario and Constitutio Domus Regis, with E. Amt, Oxford: Oxford Medieval Texts, 2007

The Pakenham Cartulary for the Manor of Ixworth Thorpe, Suffolk, c.1250-c.1320, Suffolk Records Society, Charter Series, vol 17, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2001

King John: New Interpretations, ed. and ‘Introduction’, pp. xix-xxvi, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1999, 2003

The Household Knights of King John, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, 2006

Medieval Knighthood V, ed. with R. Harvey, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1995

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