Dr Sophie Therese Ambler

Reader in Medieval History


I am Reader in Medieval History, Deputy Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy, and a Research Fellow at The Ruskin. My research explores political ethics and war in the central and later Middle Ages. This includes books on bishops in the political community of thirteenth-century England and on Simon de Montfort (d.1265), who led a campaign to seize power from the king and establish conciliar government. My new research, supported by a Philip Leverhulme Prize, explores the experiences, cultures and responsibilities of low-status combatants. I enjoy writing for and speaking to a broad public audience, whether through talks or TV, radio and print. In Michaelmas Term 2022, I was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.