Jeffrey Hamilton

Jeffrey Hamilton
Professor of History and Vice-Provost for Global Engagement, Jo Murphy Chair in International Education
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Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on the political history of 13th- and 14th-century England. I recently served as co-editor, with James Bothwell, of Volume XII of Fourteenth Century England (2022), and along with Jessica Lutkin as co-editor of Creativity, Contradictions and Commemoration in the Reign of Richard II: Essays in History in Honour of Nigel Saul (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2022).  My longer-term research goal continues to be a political biography of Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln (d. 1311), on whose career I have written several recent articles.

  • B.A., Tufts University, 1977
  • M.A., Emory University, 1980
  • Ph.D., Emory University, 1982
Selected Publications
  • “Henry de Lacy and the kingship of Edward II,’ in People, Power and Identity in the Late Middle Ages: Essays in Memory of W. Mark Ormrod, ed. G. Dodd, H. Lacey, and A Musson (London and New York: Routledge, 2021), pp. 194-208.
  • “Edward II: Favourites, Loyalty and Kingship,” in Ruling Fourteenth-Century England: Essays in Honour of Christopher Given-Wilson, ed. R. Ambühl, J. Bothwell, and L. Tompkins (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2019), pp. 77-92.
  • “Tout and the royal favourites of Edward II,” in Thomas Frederick Tout (1855-1929): Refashioning history for the twentieth century, ed. C. M. Barron and J. T. Rosenthal (London: University of London Press, 2019), pp. 71-86.
  • A Reassessment of the Loyalty of the Household Knights of Edward II,Fourteenth Century England 7, (2012), pp. 47-72.
  • The Plantagenets: History of a Dynasty (London and New York; Continuum, 2010).
  • King Edward II of England and the Templars, in The Debate on the Trial of the Templars, (1307-1314), ed. J. Burgtorf, P. F. Crawford, and H. J. Nicholson (Abingdon: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 215-24.
  • The Uncertain Death of Edward II? History Compass 6 (2008), pp. 1264-78.
  • The Character of Edward II: The Letters of Edward of Caernarfon Reconsidered, in The Reign of Edward II, ed. G. Dodd and A. Musson, (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2006), pp. 1-26.
  • Witness Lists to the Royal Charter Rolls of Edward II 1307-1326, ed. J. S. Hamilton, (Kew: List and Index Society, Public Record Office, vol. 288, 2001).
  • Menage a Roi: Edward II, and Piers Gaveston, History Today 49:6 (1999) pp. 26-31.
  • Another Daughter for Piers Gaveston? Medieval Prosopography 19 (1998), pp. 177-86.
  • "Piers Gaveston and the Royal Treasure," Albion 23 (1991), pp. 201-7.
  • Documenting the Past: Essays in Medieval History Presented to George Peddy Cuttino, ed. J. S. Hamilton and P. J. Bradley. (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 1989).
  • Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall, 1307-1312: Politics and Patronage in the Reign of Edward II, (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1988).
Courses Taught
  • HIS 1305, World History to 1500
  • HIS 4326, Early Medieval Europe
  • HIS 4327, Europe in the High Middle Ages
  • HIS 4328, Medieval Britain