Dr Beth Spacey

Dr Beth Spacey

Department of History
Teaching Fellow in Medieval History

Contact details

Feedback and office hours

  • Mondays 15:00-16:00
  • Thursdays 16:00-17:00


  • PhD Medieval History, University of Birmingham
  • MA Medieval History, University of Birmingham
  • BA (Hons) Ancient and Medieval History, University of Birmingham


I did my undergraduate degree and postgraduate degrees here at Birmingham. I completed my doctorate in January 2017. My doctoral research, which explored the miraculous and marvellous in Latin narrative histories of the crusades, was supervised by Dr William Purkis. I began teaching in the Department of History as a PhD student in 2013.



  • The First Crusade as Seen by Contemporaries
  • Bearers of the Cross: Violence and Devotion in the Crusading World
  • Knights of Christ, Deniers of Christ?: The Trial of the Templars
  • Crusading and Crusader Kingdoms
  • Discovering the Middle Ages
  • Ancient and Medieval History in Theory and Practice
  • Living in the Medieval World
  • The First Crusade: Motivations and Mentalities
  • The ‘Diversion’ of the Fourth Crusade


  • Approaches to Medieval Studies


My research focuses on the religious cultures of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Near East in the central Middle Ages. I am currently revising my doctoral thesis, titled ‘Miracles and Marvels in Latin Narrative Histories of the Crusades, 1095-1204’, into a monograph for publication. I am also developing two research articles concerning twelfth and thirteenth-century histories of the crusades and the Latin East.

Other activities

  • Coordination and Admissions for the BA in Ancient and Medieval History.