My research interests focus on the cultural and religious history of medieval England. I have a particular interest in the role of the bishop in the Middle Ages, hagiography and saints’ cults, Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations, and medieval gender and sexuality.
More recently I have worked on the crusades, and am currently co-editing a collection for Routledge on Crusading Masculinities. I have reviewed for Speculum, Gender and History, The English Historical Review, Early Medieval Europe and the Journal of British Studies.
- PhD, University of Exeter, 2010
- MPhil, Medieval History, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, 2005
- BA, History, University of Exeter, 2004
Fellowships and research
- Visiting Fellow, University of Huddersfield
- Swiss National Science Foundation Funded Postdoctoral Researcher, History Department, University of Zürich, 2011-2017
- Medieval Fellow, Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York, 2014
- Visiting Fellowship/Senior Membership, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, 2014
- Scouloudi Junior Research Fellowship, Institute of Historical Research, 2008-2009.
Research and academic outputs
Current and in press:
- Mesley, M. "Beyond Celibacy: Medieval Bishops, Power and Masculinity in the Middle Ages", in C. Fletcher et al (eds), Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe (London: Palgrave MacMillian, 2018).
- Höfert, A. M. Mesley and S. Tolino (eds), Celibate and Childless Men in Power: Ruling Eunuchs and Bishops in the Pre-Modern World (London: Routledge, 2017).
- Mesley, M., "Monastic Superiority, Episcopal Authority and Masculinity in Caesarius of Heisterbach’s Dialogues Miraculorum", in A. Höfert, M. Mesley and S. Tolino (eds), Celibate and Childless Men in Power: Ruling Eunuchs and Bishops in the Pre-Modern World (London: Routledge, 2017).
- Mesley, M. and L. Wilson (eds), Contextualizing Miracles in the Christian West, 1100-1500: New Historical Approaches (Oxford: Medium Aevum, 2015).
- Mesley, M. "Introduction", in M. Mesley and L. Wilson (eds), Contextualizing Miracles in the Christian West, 1100-1500: New Historical Approaches (Oxford: Medium Aevum, 2015).
- Mesley, M. "Episcopal Authority and Gender in the Narratives of the First Crusade", in Religious Men and Masculine Identity in the Middle Ages, ed. P. Cullum and K. J. Lewis (Boydell and Brewer: Woodbridge, 2013).
- Mesley, M. ‘‘'De Judaea, muta et surda': Jewish Conversion in Gerald of Wales’s Vita Sancti Remigii", in Christians and Jews in Angevin England: Narratives and Contexts, ed. S. R. Jones and S. Watson (York Medieval Press: York, 2013).
- Mesley, M. "Crusading Kingship and Masculinity in Matthew Paris’s Chronica Majora and Historia Anglorum", in N. Hodgson, K. Lewis and M. Mesley (eds), Crusades Subsidia, (London: Routledge, expected publication 2018).
- Mesley, M. "Chivalry, Masculinity, and Sexuality", in A. Bale (ed), Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the Crusades (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, expected publication 2018)
- Mesley, M. "Historical Entanglements or a Static Image? The Life of Muhammad in Gerald of Wales's De Principis Instructione", in Entangled Hagiographies of the Religious Other, ed. A. Cuffel and N. Jaspert (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, expected publication early 2018).
Crusading Masculinities International Exploratory Workshop – co-organised with Dr Katherine Lewis (University of Huddersfield) and Dr Natasha Hodgson (Nottingham Trent University), 31 March to 1 April, 2016.
Total Awarded 25,000CF from:
- Swiss National Science Foundation International Workshop Grant
- Zürcher Mediävistik
- Zürcher Universitätsverein
- Medium Aevum: The Society for the Study of Literature and Languages
- Nottingham Trent University
- University of Huddersfield
- Society for the Study of the Crusades and Latin East