Aron Kecskes

MA (Hons) History (Glasgow), MLitt Mediaeval History (St Andrews)



Contact Details

Thesis Title: The development of Norman lordships in Southern Italy, ca. 1053-1127
Supervisor: Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker, Professor Frances Andrews





Academic History

2018 - PhD in Medieval History, University of St Andrews
2017- 2018 MLitt in Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
2013 - 2017 MA (Hons) History, University of Glasgow

Research Interests

I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2017 with a First Class degree in History. During my stay at Glasgow I was awarded the Charlotte Nicholson Bursary for conducting research on my undergraduate dissertation, written on the employment of Muslim soldiers by Norman lords in Southern Italy, and, subsequently, the Cameron Prize in History for the best work on military history that year. After graduating from Glasgow I moved to the University of St Andrews to study for an MLitt in Mediaeval History on a full-tuition School of History MLitt Award, graduating with Distinction in 2018.

My PhD, under the joint supervision of Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker and Professor Frances Andrews, is funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. My thesis examines the development of Norman lordships in Mainland Southern Italy from about 1053 to 1127. By comparing and contrasting practices of rule in various Norman lordships, I intend to further interrogate the current historiographical emphasis on institutional continuities between Lombard and Norman Southern Italy and to examine the applicability of scholarly approaches to the feudal revolution in understanding the development of lordships in eleventh-century Southern Italy, a land outside the focus of a debate chiefly concerned with post-Carolingian territories.

The territorial focus of my thesis is the region around the city of Benevento. I intend to lay particular emphasis on the period 1085-1127, a period relatively understudied and often considered as an interlude between the Norman conquests in Southern Italy and the emergence on the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. I am primarily interested in practices of rule, that is, the operation and lived experience of Norman lordship. My research topics include the relationship between Lombard and Norman structures and practices of power, the operation of fiscal and judicial institutions, the uses of clienteles, patronage and ritual power, and the practice and representations of violence and warfare.

Scholarships and Awards

2018, AHRC Doctoral Studentship, Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities - University of St Andrews
2018, School of History Language Bursary, University of St Andrews
2017, School of History MLitt Award, University of St Andrews
2017, Cameron Prize in History, University of Glasgow
2017, Charlotte Nicholson Undergraduate Bursary, University of Glasgow