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Natasha Hodgson

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Languages and Global Cultures


Lecturer / Senior Lecturer

Dr Hodgson teaches on the following courses and modules:

  • MA in Making History
  • HIST 32005 Dissertation Module
  • HIST 30107 Knights, Ladies, Priests (and Peasants): Gender and Status in Medieval Society c. 1000-1500
  • HIST 27107 The Crusades and the Latin East c. 1095-1271
  • HIST 25206 Research, Interpretation and Practical Exploration
  • HIST 10211 Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
  • HIST 10412 World History

Dr Hodgson is the Vice Chair of the College Research Degrees Committee for Arts and Humanities.

Research areas

Dr Hodgson is currently engaged in writing a monograph for Palgrave Macmillan entitled Gender and the Crusades.

Her research interests are as follows:

  • Crusades to the Near East and Egypt between 1095 and 1291
  • Latin Christian expansion and frontier society in the Near East, Mediterranean and Eastern Europe
  • Crusade and Chivalry, social status, knighthood and warfare
  • Gender Studies and masculinities
  • Women on Crusade
  • Relics and the growth of saints’ cults
  • Heresy (and the Albigensian Crusades)
  • The development of medieval historical writing
  • The use of literary sources for history
  • The Norman Conquest and Anglo-Norman England

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and Dr Hodgson is interested in proposals on a wide range of medieval topics especially those based around the research interests indicated above. Current supervisees are researching on the following topics:

  • Relations between Armenian Cilicia and Antioch in the early Thirteenth Century
  • Mercenaries and the Albigensian Crusades

Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Previous funded projects have included:


Lions, Tigers and Bears: Encounters with Wild animals and Bestial Imagery in the Context of Crusading to the Latin East. Hodgson N, Viator, 2013, 44 (1), Brepols

Honour, Shame and the Fourth Crusade. Hodgson N et al, Journal of Medieval History, 2013, 39 (2), 220-239

Conflict and Cohabitation: Marriage and Diplomacy between Latins and Cilician Armenians c. 1097-1253. Hodgson N, in (ed) Kostick C, The Crusades and the Near East:Cultural Histories, 2010, 83-106, London, Routledge

Reinventing Normans as Crusaders? Ralph of Caen's Gesta Tancredi. Hodgson N, Anglo Norman Studies, 2008, 30, 117-132

See all of Natasha Hodgson's publications...

Press expertise

Dr Hodgson can offer comment on:

  • The Crusades and the Latin East
  • Medieval Christianity and Islam
  • Women and the crusades
  • Chivalry and the study of masculinities
  • Medieval gender studies
  • Tournaments and medieval war games
  • The Norman conquest
  • Domesday book
  • Arthurian literature
  • Historical fiction
  • Medieval animal symbolism and bestiaries