Dr Penelope Nash

BSc (Sydney)
MBA (University of Central Queensland)
Dip. Arts (History Honours, Class 1, University of Sydney)
PhD (University of Sydney)

Research Interests

  • Medieval European history
  • Women’s power
  • Early medieval art
  • Biography
  • Intellectual thought
  • Historiography of the medieval period

Current projects

  • I am currently writing a book about two medieval women. Empress Adelheid was active in the late tenth century and Countess Matilda in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries. The two women bookend a tumultuous period in European history when the Christian church was concerned with purity and reform and the modern nations of Italy and Germany were beginning to take shape. I’m also working on a project about the tenth-century bishop, Liudprand of Cremona, as diplomat.

Awards and honours (selected)

  • 2014 Best Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher Prize – Highly Commended – Awarded by Macquarie University
  • 2008 Ernst Bramsted Prize – Medieval and Modern History – University of Sydney
  • 2006 Audrey Meaney Prize – Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group

Professional Memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS), Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA), Medieval Academy of America (MAA), The Haskins Society, and Royal Studies Network
  • Treasurer of the Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group (SMRG)
  • Life member of the Basser Computer Society
  • Member of the Jane Austen Society

Selected publications

Books

  • Nash, P. (2017). Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society, Queenship and Power. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Nash, P. (in press, 2017). “Maintaining Elite Households in Germany and Italy, 900–1115: Finances, Control and Patronage,” in Elite and Royal Households in Later Medieval and Early Modern Europe, edited by Theresa Earenfight. Leiden: Brill.
  • Nash, P. (2016). L'Imperatrice e la Contessa: Adelaide di Borgogna modello per Matilde di Canossa?. In P. Golinelli (Ed.), Matilde nel Veneto. Bologna: Pàtron.
  • Nash, P. (2015). Empress Adelheid’s Vulnerabilities as Mother and Ruler. In E. Woodacre and C. Fleiner (Eds), Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children: Wielding Political Authority from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era, (pp. 127–47). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nash, P. (2015). Reality and Ritual in the Medieval King’s Emotions of Ira and Clementia. In M. Champion and A. Lynch (Eds), Understanding Emotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, (pp. 251–71). Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers.

Journal articles

Other Publications

  • Nash, P. (article accepted, publication forthcoming). "Liudprand of Cremona." In The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy: Blackwell.

Recent conference activity

  • Nash, P. Carolingian and Ottonian Appropriation of Celtic Art and Literature: Why was it Important to the Empire? In 9th Australian Conference Celtic Studies. University of Sydney, 27–30 September 2016.
  • Otto III’s and Frederick Barbarossa’s Early Tours of Italy,” Invited speaker to International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, for session on Violence in Italy, 2016.
  • “The Ottonians Turn their Gaze West to the Court of Iberia,” Australian Early Medieval Association Conference, University of Sydney, 2016.
  • “Countess Matilda of Tuscany and Emperor Henry IV,” Organiser and participant in a Special Panel on the 9th Centenary of Countess Matilda’s death, Medieval and Early Modern Centre, University of Sydney, 2015.
  • “L'Imperatrice e la Contessa: Adelaide di Borgogna modello per Matilde di Canossa?” Invited speaker to Progetto Matilde nel Veneto. Adelaide di Borgogna e Matilde di Canossa: due donne di potere a confronto, Garda, Università degli studi di Verona, Italy, 2015.
  • “Countess Matilda of Tuscany and Emperor Henry IV: Rule, Reform and Entourage in Northern Italy”, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 2015, and Joint Organiser and participant in a Roundtable on Countess Matilda to celebrate the 9th Centenary of her death.
  • “The Stability and Strength of the Ottonian Dynasty in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Germany”, Kings & Queens 4: Dynastic Change and Legitimacy, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 2015.
  • “Italy and her [German] Invaders – From Charlemagne to Henry VII: Pomp, Generosity and Ferocity,” Royals on Tour: The Politics and Pageantry of Royal Visits, Department of History, University of Sydney, 2015.
  • Papers given in previous years at the following conferences and meetings: International Medieval Congress (IMC) University of Leeds, Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS), Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA), and Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group (SMRG).