Dr Mark Whelan

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Personal profile

Email: Mark.Whelan.2010@live.rhul.ac.uk

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Research Profile

My research focuses on the political, cultural, and intellectual impulses unleashed in Christendom by the rising power of the Ottoman Empire across the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the Holy Roman Empire and Central Europe. I have also published on sanctified and religious warfare in later medieval and early modern Europe, and maintain active research interests in Anglo-imperial relations, the history of the Teutonic Order, and the editing and translation of manuscripts and texts.


Teaching (academic year 2016-17)

Feedback and Consultation Hours: Wednesday 1-2pm/Thursdays 1-2pm

HS1007 Doing History

HS1105 Gods, Men and Power: An Introduction to the Ancient World from Homer to Mohammed

HS2004/5 The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic/The Roman Empire from Augustus to Commodus

HS2011 Politics, Pestilence and War in Later Medieval Europe, 1300-1500

HS2142 The Later Roman Empire, 284-634

HS2301 Independent Essay: Christian Heresies of the Middle Ages

HS3106 Historiography: Geoffrey Barraclough and The Holy Roman Empire



Source editions

Germany, Hungary and the Crusade against the Ottoman Turks during the Reign of Emperor Sigismund, c. 1400-1437 (Routledge, forthcoming – 2018)

Journal articles

'Between Papacy and Empire: Cardinal Beaufort, the House of Lancaster, and the Hussite Crusades', English Historical Review (forthcoming – 2018)

‘Pasquale de Sorgo and the Second Battle of Kosovo (1448): A Translation’, Slavonic and East European Review, 94 (2016), 126-45

Walter of Schwarzenberg and the Fifth Hussite Crusade reconsidered (1431)’, Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, 122 (2014), 322-35

            - reviewed in Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters, 71 (2015), 349

Chapters in edited volumes

Dances, Dragons, and a Pagan Queen: Sigismund of Luxemburg and the Publicising of the Ottoman Turkish Threat’, in The Crusade in the Fifteenth Century: Converging and Competing Cultures, ed. Norman Housley (Routledge, 2016), 49-63

‘Catastrophe or Consolidation? Sigismund’s Response to Defeat after the Crusade of Nicopolis’, in Between Worlds: The Age of the Jagiellonians, ed. Florin Ardelean et al. (Peter Lang, 2013), 215-27

Articles in popular media

‘A Bohemian Devil in Sweden: The Codex Gigas and its Travels’, The Friends of Czech Heritage, Issue 16 (2017), 13-14

‘Merchant, Administrator and General: Filippo Scolari (Pipo Spano) in the Service of the Hungarian King, c. 1397-1426’, Whispering Gallery, 115 (2012), 19-24

Book reviews

Review of Antemurale Christianitatis: Zur Genese der Bollwerksrhetorik im östlichen Mitteleuropa an der Schwelle vom Mittelalter zur Frühen Neuzeit (Husum: Matthieson Verlag, 2015), by Paul Srodecki, The English Historical Review, 131 (2016), 431-2

Review of Crusading and the Ottoman Threat (Oxford: OUP, 2012), by Norman Housley, and Visions of the Ottoman World in Renaissance Europe (London: Hurst & Co., 2012), by Andrei Pippidi, The English Historical Review, 130 (2015), 431-3

Review of The Histories of a Medieval German City, Worms c. 1000-c. 1300 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), by David S. Bachrach, Urban History, 42 (2015), 169-70

Review of Kaiser Sigismund (1368-1437): Zur Herrschaftspraxis eines europäischen Monarchen, ed. Karel Hruza and Alexandra Karr (Vienna: Böhlau, 2012), The English Historical Review, 129(2014), 696-8

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