Meet The Team

Chair (2022-23) and Public Engagement Officer: Gabby Storey

Gabby is a historian of Angevin queenship, gender, and sexuality. Her interests lie in the intersections between rulership, gender, and familial relations. She is the Public Engagement Officer for the LSMS committee and works to bring the latest historical research to new audiences. Gabby has two forthcoming monographs: one focussing on co-rulership and competition in England and France in the 12th and 13th centuries, and a biography of Berengaria of Navarre, queen of England. Her thesis examined co-rulership, co-operation, and competition between Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Berengaria of Navarre, Isabella of Angoulême, and their respective partners and sons. Her research interests more broadly cover gender, sexuality, rulership, and familial relations in the medieval period. She has presented at several international conferences including the annual Kings and Queens conference, organised by the Royal Studies Network. Gabby has also participated in public talks for Heritage Open Days and podcasts including You’re Dead To Me by BBC Sounds

Secretary: Edward Caddy

Edward is a PhD candidate in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London. Supervised by Professor Miri Rubin, his project sets out to explore the origins of the crusade vow and explore its place within developing European legal commentary and the parallel formalisation of other types of vows and oaths (such as fealty, pilgrimage, and the professed religious), from c. 1050 through to 1215. He has been a member of the London Society for Medieval Studies since 2019, and has held the position of Secretary since 2020.

Treasurer: Katy Mortimer

Katy is a PhD researcher in the Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis examines western narrative representations of Christian-Muslim negotiations within the context of the crusades to the Holy Land (c.1095–c.1291). She has been a member of LSMS since 2019, and its treasurer since 2020. More broadly, her research interests include intercultural contact, narrative theory, and medieval mindsets, and she has started learning Arabic with the aim of working on medieval Arabic texts in the future. 

Katy is also passionate about public engagement, especially related to research skills and education, and is currently putting this enthusiasm into practice by working as a tutor for The Brilliant Club.

Publicity Officer: Eleanor Stinson

Eleanor is currently in the first year of her PhD at the University of East Anglia studying twelfth century coinage and administration in England and the continental lands of the Angevin kings. She plans to study the documentary and written evidence alongside the coins themselves, taking a numismatic approach, to find out what they can tell us about the uses of money. Her other research interests include eighth-century diplomacy and Anglo-Saxon history. Alongside this she also works in the marketing department at the British Library.

Patrick McAlary

Patrick is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at the University of Cambridge. His project deals with Irish ecclesiastical history, particularly the history and development of the church of Imleach Ibuir (Emly).

He has a wide array of interests relating to the early medieval period. He is particularly interested in Insular ecclesiastical history with a specific focus on institutions, and how these intersect with political and dynastic history. His interests include: abbatial succession and contention; ecclesiastic-dynastic relationships; identity construction; political history; pseudo-history; hagiography; chronicles.

He has been a member of the Society’s steering committee since 2019.

Valentina Grasso

Valentina is a final-year Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. After Classical Studies in high school, she pursued a degree in Semitic Philology at the University of Catania and studied Imperial Aramaic and Classical Arabic, graduating in 2015 (110/110 cum laude). During her M.A. in “Oriental Languages and Cultures” at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” (110/110 cum laude), she continued to study both Classical Arabic and Biblical Hebrew. She spent her last M.A. year in England, as an Erasmus student at SOAS, University of London. During her studies, she has also attended courses sponsored by the University of Oxford, Princeton University, HMML/Dumbarton Oaks and Hamburg University. At the University of Cambridge she is working on the history of late antique pre-Islamic Arabia under the supervision of Professor Garth Fowden.

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