Vanessa King BA, PGCE, FSA

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Department History
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Vanessa King BA, PGCE, FSA

Vanessa King specialises in medieval history 1100-1500 with particular focus on the Norman Conquest. In this regard, she has published several articles on the estates of the bishopric of Worcester in the tenth and eleventh centuries. I am currently researching on the Domesday knights of the archbishop of Canterbury.

Vanessa King is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.


Vanessa King has taught for Birkbeck since 1999 and Goldsmiths since 2007. She teaches level 4 courses on all aspects of British and European history ranging from 450-1500. Apart from general chronologies, titles include: The Black Death, Medieval Travel, Minority Groups in the Middle Ages and Medieval Women.

At Goldsmiths, Vanessa King teaches on Age of Transition and the first half of Nations, Nationalism and National Identity for the Year 0 Integrated History programme.


Professional Projects


Media appearances

Appearance on Great Lives on BBCRadio 4 

Appearance on Making History BBCRadio 4



King, Vanessa. 2010. Hands on My History: A Formative Assessment Tutor Handbook for History Courses (WEA). Workers' Educational Association.

Book Section

King, Vanessa. 2012. From Minster to Manor: the Early History of Bredon. In: David Roffe, ed. The English and their Legacy, 900–1200: Essays in Honour of Ann Williams. Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 9781843837947

King, Vanessa. 2006. Share and share alike? Anglo-Norman bishops and their cathedral clergy: the Domesday evidence. In: C P Lewis, ed. Anglo-Norman Studies 28: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2005. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-1843832171

King, Vanessa. 2005. Aldred Archbishop of York. In: , ed. The New Dictionary of National Biography. UNSPECIFIED.

King, Vanessa. 1997. Ealdred of York: the Worcester Years. In: Christopher Harper-Bill, ed. Anglo-Norman Studies XIX: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 1996. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-0851157078

King, Vanessa. 1996. The Tenants of St Oswald. In: Nicholas Brooks; Stevenson Brooks and Catherine Cubitt, eds. St. Oswald of Worcester: Life and Influence. Continnuum-3PL, pp. 100-116. ISBN 978-0718500030


King, Vanessa. 2016. Family Fortunes in Fourteenth-Century Walsham le Willows: The Hawys and the Lenes. Foundations: Journal of the Foundation For Medieval Genealogy, 8, pp. 3-14. ISSN 1479-5078

King, Vanessa. 2015. The Rampolye Family and the Black Death’. Genealogists’ Magazine, 31(9), pp. 329-335.

King, Vanessa. 2014. Book Review: Stairway to Heaven: The Functions of Medieval Upper Spaces, by Toby Huitson. The Journal of Kent History, 79, p. 32.

King, Vanessa. 2006. ‘Jewish Medieval London’.