Dr Carolyn Donohue

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Dr Carolyn Donohue is a lecturer in medieval history at York St John University. She studied for her undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham and subsequently completed her MA in Medieval History and PhD at the University of York. She taught as a tutor at the University of York before joining York St John University in 2013. Her primary research interests centre on late medieval political culture, focusing on kingship and the performance of monarchy, royal ritual and ceremony. Carolyn is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Historical Society.

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Carolyn's teaching focuses primarily on English and European history in the Middle Ages. Modules include:

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  • The Wars of the Roses
  • Plague, Piety and Power: Late Medieval Europe c.1300-1550
  • The Flowering of the Middle Ages: Europe, c.1000-1300
  • The Visible Past

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  • History, Community and Culture
  • War and Society
  • Popular Protest


Carolyn's research interests lie in later medieval English political culture, in particular kingship and the performance of monarchy, ritual and ceremony, political discourse, audiences and identities. Her doctoral thesis, 'Public Display and the Construction of Monarchy in Yorkist England, 1460-85' studied royal authority in late medieval England, exploring the expression and performance of monarchy as a critical facet of contemporary dialogues on power. The thesis explored royal displays as political communication, demonstrating the ways in which power and authority were expressed and examining what this reveals about medieval notions of kingship and rule. Current research grows out of this doctoral work, focused on Yorkist royal identity and further developing this to investigate the significance of hospitality as a facet of display and identity.