Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler is a historian of the Middle Ages, with interests ranging widely across medieval Christendom, taking in the history of warfare, the Church, politics and society, through the prism of ideas and culture. She is Lecturer in Later Medieval History at Lancaster University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and has appeared on radio and TV for BBC and Channel 4, as well as writing for BBC History Magazine.
Sophie’s second book, THE SONG OF SIMON DE MONTFORT: England’s First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry, was published by Picador in May 2019 (with publication in the USA following with Oxford University Press in September 2019). Her next book explores the experience of different combatants in a series of key battles across medieval Europe and the Holy Land.
Sophie received her PhD from King’s College London after having been awarded a PhD scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, King’s Inglis Studentship in History, and the Thornley Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research. She afterwards held research posts on major projects at the Universities of Glasgow and of East Anglia, the latter as Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the world-leading Magna Carta Project. She has published articles on Magna Carta and the Montfortian revolution in several prestigious journals, and her first book (BISHOPS AND THE POLITICAL COMMUNITY OF ENGLAND, 1213-1272) was published by Oxford University Press early in 2017.