Dr Sophie Therese Ambler

Reader in Medieval History


I am Reader in Medieval History, Deputy Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy (CWD), and a Research Fellow at The Ruskin. I work on the history of war in medieval Britain c.1100-1400, investigating the experiences of low-status combatants and war-torn populations, and shifting patterns of thought concerning personal responsibility in conflict. Here and through the CWD, I am interested in combining insights from other disciplines and historical periods. This builds on my previous research on the ethics and practice of war, politics, rebellion and revolution in medieval Britain. I hold a Philip Leverhulme Prize in History (2020) and in Michaelmas 2022 was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. I enjoy writing for and speaking to a broad public audience through TV, radio and print.