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Dr Andrew Mark Spencer

Dr Andrew Mark Spencer

Admissions Tutor & Fellow in History, Murray Edwards College, and Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History

Y3, Third Court, Christ's College
Cambridge CB2 3BU
Office Phone: 01223 748855

Subject groups/Research projects

Ancient and Medieval History:

Departments and Institutes

Corpus Christi College:
Director of Studies

Research Interests

Andrew Spencer's research interests are focused on the English constitution, politics, governance and warfare in the middle ages with a particular focus on the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and the development of 'bastard feudalism'.


Paper 3 (British Political History, 1050-1509); Paper 8 (British Social and Economic History, 1050-1500); Paper 15 (European History, 1200-1500)


  • Medieval British History

Key Publications

Nobility and Kingship in Medieval England: the earls and Edward I, 1272-1307 (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Thirteenth Century England XVI: the proceedings of the Cambridge Conference, 2015, eds. Andrew M. Spencer & Carl Watkins (The Boydell Press, 2017)

Other Publications

‘Royal Patronage and the Earls in the Reign of Edward I’, History, 93 (2008), pp. 20-46.


‘The Lay Opposition to Edward I in 1297: its composition and character’, Thirteenth Century England, 12 (2009), pp. 92-106.


‘The Comital Military Retinue in the Reign of Edward I’, Historical Research, 83 (2010), pp. 46-59.


‘A Warlike people? Gentry enthusiasm for Edward I’s Scottish campaigns, 1296-1307’, in England’s Wars, 1272-1399: the soldier experience, eds. A. Bell & A. Curry (Woodbridge, 2011), pp. 95-108.


‘John de Warenne, Guardian of Scotland, and the Battle of Stirling Bridge’, in England and Scotland at War, c. 1296-c.1513, eds. D. Simpkin & A. King (Leiden & Boston, 2012), pp. 39-53.


‘Thomas of Lancaster in the Vita Edwardi Secundi: a study in disillusionment’, Thirteenth Century England, 14 (2013), pp. 155-68.

'The Coronation Oath in English Politics, 1272-1399', in Political Society in Later Medieval England: a festschrift for Christine Carpenter, eds. B. Thompson and J. Watts (The Boydell Press, 2015), pp. 38-54.

'Dealing with Inadequate Kingship: uncertain responses from Magna Carta to Deposition, 1199-1327', Thirteenth Century England, 16 (2017), pp. 71-88.