School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

Dr Colin Veach



Dr Colin Veach

Lecturer in Medieval History

Phone: +44 (0)1482 466906
Email: c.veach@hull.ac.uk


PhD in History, Trinity College Dublin, 2010
MA in Medieval History, King’s College London, 2003
BA in History and Philosophy, Loyola College in Maryland, 2002

Dr Veach joined the department in 2012, having previously taught in the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin from 2005 to 2012. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal historical Society in 2013, and remains an Honorary Research Associate at Trinity College Dublin’s Medieval History Research Centre. He is also a member of the Leverhulme-funded ‘Angevin World’ international research network (2014-17).

Dr Veach’s research explores the political, social and cultural history of the British Isles in the high middle ages, placed in the broader context of Western Europe. His work seeks to refine our understanding of the nature of medieval society by exploring the patterns of lordship, patchworks of obligation and shifting social and cultural mores that existed in medieval Britain and Ireland.

His monograph, Lordship in Four Realms: The Lacy Family, 1166-1241 (Manchester University Press, 2014), utilises the lens of lordship to analyse how an aristocratic family adapted to the different socio-political and cultural settings of four different realms: England, Ireland, Wales and Normandy. By focusing on one family, this study is able to take them on their own terms and cut across traditional historiographical subdivisions.

Dr Veach is currently working on his next book, provisionally entitled 'Lordship and Empire: English Rule in Thirteenth-Century Ireland'.

He is also authoring a chapter entitled ‘Conquest and Conquerors: Ireland c.1165-c.1250' for the Cambridge History of Ireland, volume 1: Medieval Ireland, 1000-1550, edited by Brendan Smith (general editor Tom Bartlett), scheduled for publication in 2017.

Selected Publications

Veach CoverBooks

  • Lordship in Four Realms: The Lacy Family, 1166 – 1241, Manchester Medieval Studies (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014).


Review Article

Book Reviews

  • ‘Review of: Paul Webster, King John and Religion (Woodbridge, 2015)’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association (forthcoming).
  • ‘Review of: Melissa Pollock, The Lion, the Lily and the Leopard: The Crown and Nobility of Scotland, France, and England and the Struggle for Power (1100-1204) (Turnhout, 2015), Scottish Historical Review (forthcoming).
  • ‘Review of: Melissa Pollock, Scotland, England, and France After the Loss of Normandy, 1204-1296 (Woodbridge, 2015), H-France (forthcoming).
  • ‘Review of: Tales of Medieval Dublin, eds. Sparky Booker & C.N. Peters (Dublin, 2014)’, Óenach: FMRSI Reviews (forthcoming).
  •  ‘Review of: Stephen Church, King John: England, Magna Carta and the Making of a Tyrant (London, 2015)’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, 101/344 (2016), 116-17.
  • ‘Review of: Lordship in Medieval Ireland: Image and Reality, eds. Linda Doran and James Lyttleton (Dublin, 2008)’, Irish Economic and Social History, xl (2013), 131-3.
  • ‘Review of: Gillian Kenny, Anglo-Irish and Gaelic Women in Ireland, c.1170-1540 (Dublin, 2007)’, Irish Economic and Social History, xl (2013), 162-4.
  • ‘Review of: Steve Flanders, De Courcy: Anglo-Normans in Ireland, England and France in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries (Dublin, 2008)’, Irish Economic and Social History, xxxix, (2012).
  • ‘Review of: R. Andrew McDonald, Manx Kingship in its Irish Sea Setting: King Rǫgnvaldr and the Crovan Dynasty (Dublin, 2007)’, History Ireland, xx, no. 2 (March/April 2012).



  • 20436: Exploring the Past
  • 20192: Thinking About the Past
  • 20894: Ruling England, 1066-1217
  • 20116: Edward I and the Origins of English Imperialism
  • 20747: King John and the Reinvention of England, 1190-1216


  • 20661: Power, Authority and Freedom


  • Director of Learning & Teaching, Department of History
  • Open Day Coordinator, Department of History
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