Amanda Power

BA Sydney, MA Oxf, PhD Camb
Sullivan Fellow and Tutor in History
Sullivan Clarendon Associate Professor in History


I teach British and European medieval history, concentrating on the period from 1000-1400, but also European history from late antiquity. I have considerable experience teaching aspects of medieval ‘global’ history, particularly the crusades and the Mongol empire.

About me

I was educated at the University of Sydney and Cambridge University. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, at the University of Sheffield, before arriving at St Catherine’s and the History Faculty in 2015.


I am an historian of the religious, intellectual and cultural life of medieval Europe, with a particular interest in how it was shaped by engagement with the wider world. My first monograph, Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom (Cambridge University Press,  2012), was a revisionist study of the English Franciscan, Roger Bacon, his reform programme and his environment.

I am currently working on questions concerning the relations between religion, power and the construction of public rationality, principally through a study of the functioning of the early English Franciscans, but also through a series of articles on Europeans in the Mongol empire. A second, collaborative, project explores what it might mean for societies to conceive of themselves ‘globally’ in the medieval period, and what impact such a view of medieval thought might have on our current understanding of ‘globalisation’ as a specific historical process or a quality of modernity.

I have appeared on Radio 4’s In Our Time and contributed to Lapham’s Quarterly.

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage

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Graduate supervision

I have supervised doctoral research on a range of topics exploring intellectual, religious and community life between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. I would welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in later medieval thought, the religious orders, expansion of European horizons, inter-faith relations and ecclesiastical history.