Dr Simon John

Dr Simon John

Senior Lecturer, History

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 604005

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am Senior Lecturer in Medieval History in the Department of History. I joined the department in 2016. I previously held lectureships at the University of Oxford (2013-2016) and a Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, London, sponsored by the Scouloudi Foundation. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • The Crusades and Latin Christian expansion
  • Medieval Kingship
  • Historical writing in the Middle Ages
  • Medievalism
  • Public monuments and the representation of medieval history

Career Highlights


My primary research interests relate to the history of Latin Christendom in the Central Middle Ages. My work has considered the theory and practice of historical writing, the transmission and reception of texts, medieval attitudes towards historical truth and the past, political thought on kingship, and the socio-cultural impact of the crusades in Latin Christendom.

My current project, entitled 'Contested Pasts: public monuments and historical culture in Western Europe, 1815-1930’ (funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust), explores the political uses of public monuments and statues in nineteenth-century European states. It focusses in particular on the creation of monuments depicting medieval figures in nineteenth-century Europe.