Dr Andrew Spencer

  • College positions:
    Senior Tutor
    Undergraduate Tutor
    Director of Studies for the Foundation Year
    Director of Studies History and Politics Joint (Part II)
  • University positions:
    Associate Lecturer in History
  • Subjects: History


BA (Hons), History (King’s College, London); MPhil, Medieval History (Cambridge); PhD, History (Cambridge)


Research interests

My research is on English politics and the constitution in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the nobility.


Teaching interests

I teach the two British medieval papers at Part I and am currently developing a Part II paper on the early years of Edward III’s reign along with Dr Chris Briggs at Selwyn College. I am happy to hear from potential research students interested in pursuing either the MPhil in Medieval History or a PhD.



‘“The Steady State”? Trump, Administration Insiders and the Lessons of Medieval England’, Policy Paper, History and Policy, 2018

Thirteenth Century England XVI, edited with C.S. Watkins (Woodbridge, 2017)

‘Dealing with Inadequate Kingship: uncertain responses from Magna Carta to Deposition, 1199-1327’, Thirteenth Century England, 16 (Woodbridge, 2017)

Review: Officers and Accountability in Medieval England, 1170-1300, by John Sabapathy, English Historical Review, 1121-23

Review: Eleanor of Castile: the shadow queen, by S. Cockerill & Edward II: the unconventional king by K. Warner, English Historical Review, 131 (2016), 154-5

‘The Coronation Oath in English Politics, 1272-1399’, Political Society in Later Medieval England: a festschrift for Christine Carpenter, eds. J. Watts and B. Thompson (Woodbridge, 2015), 37-53

Nobility and Kingship in Medieval England: the earls and Edward I, 1272-1307 (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Review: John de Vere, Thirteenth Earl of Oxford (1442-1513): ‘the foremost man of the kingdom’, by James Ross, English Historical Review, 129 (2014), 702-3  

‘Thomas of Lancaster in the Vita Edwardi Secundi: a study in disillusionment’, Thirteenth Century England, 14 (2013), 155-68

‘John de Warenne, Guardian of Scotland, and the Battle of Stirling Bridge’, in England and Scotland at War, c. 1296-c.1513, eds. D. Simpkin & A. King (Leiden & Boston, 2012), 39-53

‘A Warlike people? Gentry enthusiasm for Edward I’s Scottish campaigns, 1296-1307’, in England’s Wars, 1272-1399: the soldier experience, eds. A. Bell & A. Curry (Woodbridge, 2011), 95-108

 ‘The Comital Military Retinue in the Reign of Edward I’, Historical Research, 83 (2010), 46-59

‘The Lay Opposition to Edward I in 1297: its composition and character’, Thirteenth Century England, 12 (2009), 92-106

‘Royal Patronage and the Earls in the Reign of Edward I’, History, 93 (2008), 20-46