Staff Profile

  • Dr Rachel E. Moss is a lecturer in history at the University of Northampton. Prior to this she was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. Her ‘superbly thought-through’ (Arthuriana) first book, Fatherhood and its Representations in Middle English Texts, was published by D.S. Brewer in September 2013. A specialist in late medieval English history and literature, she has researched and written on family, gender, sexuality, gentry and mercantile societies, and literary culture. Passionately invested in making the past accessible to all and in making the academy a more inclusive place, Rachel regularly writes for mainstream publications such as History Today and The Times Higher Education on themes including education, academic culture and late medieval history.

  • Module leader
    • HIS1024: The Medieval World, 1200 – 1500
    • HIS2028: Dissertation Skills
    • HIS2030: Medieval Chivalry and its Afterlives

    Rachel also supervises undergraduate dissertations, and is interested in hearing from potential PhD students.

    • Rachel’s research focuses on gender, sexuality, family and literary cultures in the later Middle Ages. Her most recent peer-reviewed publications are:
    • Rachel E. Moss, ‘Ready to Disport with You: Homosocial Culture amongst the Wool Merchants of Fifteenth-Century Calais’, History Workshop Journal 86 (2018)
    • Christopher Fletcher, Sean Brady, Rachel E. Moss, Lucy Riall (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
    • Rachel E. Moss, ‘‘And much more am I soryat for my good knyghts’: Fainting, Homosociality and Elite Male Culture in Middle English Romance’, Historical Reflections, 42:1 (2016)


  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Rachel Moss’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.