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Vanessa King FSA

Vanessa  has been teaching history in higher and adult education since 1999 for Birkbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, the Mary Ward Centre and the Workers Education Association. She is a Fellow of the  Society of Antiquaries.

A committed enthusiast for adult education, her specialisms include the history of minority groups in the middle ages and medieval travel. Her published work has dealt with Anglo-Norman ecclesiastical history, and she is currently writing a study of Anglo-Saxon queens.


  • 'Family Fortunes in Fourteenth-Century Walsham le Willows: The Hawys and the Lenes', Foundations: Journal of the Foundation For Medieval Genealogy, 8. (2016), pp. 3-14
  • 'The Rampolye Family and the Black Death', Genealogists' Magazine 31. 9. 2015, pp. 329-335
  • 'From Minster to Manor: The Early History of Bredon', in  Roffe, David, ed., The Legacy of the English: Essays in Honour of Ann Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2012)
  • 'Share and Share Alike? Anglo-Norman Bishops and their Cathedral Clergy: the Domesday Evidence', in Lewis, C.P. ed., Anglo-Norman Studies 28 (Woodbridge: Boydell &   Brewer, 2006)
  • Aldred Archbishop of York revised entry The New Dictionary of National Biography, 2005
  • 'Ealdred of York: the Worcester Years', in Harper-Bill, Christopher, Anglo-Norman Studies (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1996)
  • 'The Tenants of St Oswald', in Brooks, Nicholas and Catherine Cubitt, eds., St Oswald: his life & influence, (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1995)Book

Book Review:

  • Stairway to Heaven: The Functions of Medieval Upper Spaces, by Toby Huitson, The Journal of Kent History, 79. (2014) p. 32