- chivalric society and the conduct of war in the eleventh to thirteenth centuries
- castles, fortifications and medieval warfare
- political culture, kingship and rebellion in the Anglo-Norman and Angevin realms
One of my principal areas of research is chivalric culture and conduct in warfare, particularly in Britain and North France from the eleventh to the later thirteenth century. I have been particularly interested in the development of concepts of ransom, clemency and customs regulating behaviour in war. My most recent book, The Great Warbow: From Hastings to the Mary Rose (2005) co-authored with Robert Hardy, examined the nature of the longbow as a weapon and the growing significance of military archery before, during and after the Hundred Years War.
I am currently engaged in a study of the nature of aristocratic rebellion in England and Normandy from the Norman Conquest to the later thirteenth century, examining its justification, the methods by which it was prosecuted, and its suppression and punishment. I am also working on a biographical study of Henry ‘the Young King’ (1155-1183), eldest surviving son of Henry II, who was crowned king in the lifetime of his father, and whose short but turbulent career affords an important case study of kingship, rebellion and warfare in the later twelfth century.
I am a member of the Scottish Centre for War Studies. In collaboration with Dr Jeremy Crang (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Edward Spiers (University of Leeds)., I am co-editing A Military History of Scotland (Edinburgh University Press), a multi-authored volume whose chapters will range from pre-Roman Scotland to the Gulf Wars.
Current research students:
- Colette Bowie, The Daughters of Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Comparative Study of Queenship in the Later Twelfth Century
- As secondary supervisor:
- Vanessa Traill, The Clare and Tosny Families in the political, social and religious history of the Anglo-Norman realm (First supervisor is Dr Stephen Marritt)
- Laura Crombie, Archery and Crossbow guilds in France and the Low Countries, 14 -15th c (First supervisor isDr Graeme Small)
- Daniel Gerrard, Bishops, abbots and clerics as military leaders in England and Northern France, c. 1000- c. 1250
- Georgios Theotokis, The Attacks of the Norman rulers of southern Italy and the the kingdom of Sicily against Byzantium, c.1071- c.1189 AD
- Kathryn Dutton, Count Geoffrey 'le Bel' of Anjou, 1129-1151 (First supervisor was Dr Stephen Marritt)
On Thursday 10 April 2008 Professor Strickland contributed to the BBC Radio 4 broadcast 'In Our Time':
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Norman Yoke: the idea that the Battle of Hastings sparked the cruel oppression of Anglo-Saxon liberties by a foreign ruling class. He is joined by Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Christ Church, Oxford; Richard Gameson, Professor in the Department of History at Durham University and Matthew Strickland, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow.
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