Project Team


Dr. James Ross (University of Winchester) – Director of the project

James is a senior lecturer in late medieval history at the University of Winchester. His research interests focus on the late medieval and early Tudor monarchy, aristocracy and on royal government and its records. He has published widely on political society in late medieval England, and is the author of John de Vere, Thirteenth Earl of Oxford. ‘The Foremost Man of the Kingdom (2011), and Henry VI in the Penguin English Monarchs series (2016).


Margaret Condon (University of Winchester) – Project researcher

Margaret Condon is the author of a number of published and peer-reviewed articles on the reign of Henry VII and on English administrative history, including two chapters in Tim Tatton-Brown and Richard Mortimer, eds., Westminster Abbey: The Lady Chapel of Henry VII (Woodbridge, 2003). An itinerary of the king is in course of preparation. Since 2009 she has worked with Dr Evan Jones (University of Bristol) on the ‘Cabot Project’ Jones and Condon have recently produced a book on the Discovery Voyages c. 1480-1508, aimed at the general reader: Cabot and Bristol’s Age of Discovery (Bristol, 2016) and are currently working on a major academic monograph as well as other written outputs from their research.


Dr. Samantha Harper (University of Winchester) – Project researcher

Samantha completed her PhD, entitled ‘Henry VII and the City of London’, in 2015 at the Institute of Historical Research. Since then she has taught at Bristol and Winchester universitites and has extended her work on London to encompass the reigns of the Yorkist kings and Henry VIII. Samantha has published articles in peer-reviewed journals regarding the final years of Henry VII, the privileged position goldsmiths enjoyed at his court, and the evolution of the relationship between the capital and the monarch during his reign.


Dr. Lisa Liddy (University of Winchester) – Project researcher

Lisa has 20 years’ experience working on major editorial projects, including The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England, Medieval Petitions and for the English Place-Name Survey, and as a freelance palaeographer. In 2015 she completed a PhD at the university of York on material culture in 15th- and 16th-century York homes. Lisa has published articles on neighbourhood in medieval York and on the use of emotion in York wills, and has co-edited the cartulary of Beauchief abbey.


Dr. Sean Cunningham (The National Archives) – Consultant

Sean  completed his PhD in 1996 on ‘Henry VII, Rebellion and the Financial Control of the Aristocracy‘. He has published historical biographies of Henry VII (2007) and Prince Arthur (2016), as well as numerous articles on the nobles, politics and government of late medieval and early Tudor England. He is currently summarising Henry VII’s reign for the Penguin English Monarchs series. He has worked at The National Archives for over twenty years and is currently head of the medieval records specialist team.

Katherine Rogers (The Digital Humanities Institute | Sheffield) – Developer

Kathy is a Digital Humanities Developer at DHI Sheffield with considerable experience in the technical design and delivery of large technology research projects in the arts and humanities, such as Connected Histories, Manuscripts Online, Bess of Hardwick’s Letters and Richard Brome Online


Michael Pidd (The Digital Humanities Institute | Sheffield)

Michael is the Director of DHI Sheffield and has 25 years experience in the conception, development and delivery of large technology research projects in the arts and humanities. See


Advisory Board


Prof. Matthew Davies

Professor Matthew Davies is Executive Dean of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a late medieval historian, specialising in the history of London, its crafts, guilds and relations with the Crown, and has published extensively on these themes. He was formerly director of the Centre for Metropolitan History (2002-16) and has led a number of major research projects including ‘Londoners and the Law (AHRC 2006-8), ‘Life in the Suburbs’ (ESRC, 2008-11), and ‘Layers of London: mapping the city’s heritage’ (HLF, 2016-). Web page:


Prof. Maria Hayward (University of Southampton)

Maria is professor of early modern history at the University of Southampton. Her research interests focus upon sixteenth and seventeen century material culture, especially textiles and clothing. Her books include The 1542 Inventory of Whitehall: The Palace and its Keeper (2004), Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII (2007), Rich Apparel: Clothing and the Law in Henry VIII’s England (2009), The Great Wardrobe Accounts of Henry VII and VIII (2012) and with Ulinka Rublack, The First Book of Fashion: The Books of Clothes of Matthaus and Veit Konrad Schwarz of Augsburg (2015).


Dr. Elena (Ellie) Woodacre (University of Winchester)

Elena is a specialist in medieval and early modern queenship and a senior lecturer in early modern European history at the University of Winchester. Her publications include her monograph The Queens Regnant of Navarre; Succession, Politics and Partnership (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and she has edited/co-edited several collections on queenship and royal mothers. She is currently engaged in research on Joan of Navarre for a planned monograph and is developing several collections on global queenship, representations of rulers in modern media and wide ranging project on the global history of monarchy. Elena is the founder of the international Royal Studies Network (, and Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal ( or