Dr Katie Stevenson

Dr Katie Stevenson

BA (Hons), PhD, FSA Scot, FSA, FRHistS, FRSA

Contact Details
Dr Stevenson is Assistant Vice-Principal, Collections, in the Office of the Principal. She can be contacted at avpcollections@st-andrews.ac.uk or on 01334 461 616.


Research Interests

A graduate of medieval history from the universities of Melbourne and Edinburgh, Katie Stevenson's main research interests centre on culture as a mode of communication in the exercise of power in the late Middle Ages. She has researched and written extensively on late medieval Scotland and recently wrote a volume of the New History of Scotland series published by Edinburgh University Press, Power and Propaganda: Scotland, 1306-1488. Katie’s current research project, The Power of Pedigree: The Stewart Dynasty and the Foundations of Royal Authority is an exploration of the relationship between dynasticism and propaganda in the creation, assertion and maintenance of authority.


Main Publications

For a full list of Katie Stevenson’s publications please see her profile on Research@StAndrews


  • Medieval St Andrews: Church, Cult, City, ed. Michael Brown and Katie Stevenson, (St Andrews Studies in Scottish History, The Boydell Press, 2017). [Details]
  • Chivalry and the Medieval Past, (Boydell & Brewer, 2016) [Details]
  • Power and Propaganda: Scotland, 1306-1488 (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). [Details]
  • The Herald in Late Medieval Europe (Boydell, 2009).   [Details]
  • Chivalry and Knighthood in Scotland, 1424-1513 (Boydell, 2006) [Details]

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books

  • 'Heresy, Inquisition and Late Medieval St Andrews’ in Medieval St Andrews: Church, Cult, City, ed. Michael Brown and Katie Stevenson (Boydell, 2017).
  • ‘Lollardy, Hussitism and the Scottish Inquisition, c.1390-c.1527’, Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 110:3-4 (2015), pp. 684-715.
  • Chivalry, British Sovereignty and Dynastic Politics: Undercurrents of Antagonism in Tudor-Stewart Relations, c.1490-c.1513, Historical Research (2013).
  • The Battle of Flodden and its Commemoration, 1513-2013, with Gordon Pentland, in Andy King and David Simpkin (eds), England and Scotland at War, c.1296-c.1513 (Brill, 2012).
  • The Scottish King of Arms: Lyon’s place in the hierarchy of the late-medieval Scottish elite, Torsten Hiltmann (ed), Les ‘autres’ rois : Études sur la royauté comme notion hiérarchique dans la société au bas Moyen Âge et au début de l'époque moderne (Paris, 2010).
  •  Jurisdiction, Authority and Professionalisation: The Officers of Arms of Late Medieval Scotland, in Katie Stevenson (ed), The Herald in Late Medieval Europe (Boydell & Brewer, 2009), pp. 41-66.
  • Tournaments, Heraldry and Heralds in the Kingdom of Poland in the Late Middle Ages, with Bogdan Wojciech Brzustowicz, in Katie Stevenson (ed), The Herald in Late Medieval Europe (Boydell & Brewer, 2009), pp. 145-64.
  • Royal Propaganda: Snowdon Herald and the Cult of Chivalry in Late Medieval Scotland, in James D. Floyd and Charles J. Burnett (eds), Genealogica Et Heraldica Sancta Andreae MMVI: Myth and Propaganda in Heraldry and Genealogy, volume ii (Edinburgh, 2008).
  • ‘Recreations to refresh the spirits of his followers’: Walter Bower’s revelations on cultural pursuits at James I of Scotland’s court’, Recherches Anglaises et Nord-Américaines (RANAM), 40 (2007), pp. 63-77.
  • Contesting Chivalry: James II and the control of chivalric culture in the 1450s, Journal of Medieval History, 33:2 (2007), pp. 197-214.
  • ‘Thai war callit knychtis and bere the name and the honour of that hye ordre’: Scottish Knighthood in the Fifteenth Century' in Linda Clark (ed.), The Fifteenth Century VI (Boydell, 2006)
  • The Unicorn, St Andrew and the Thistle: Was there an Order of Chivalry in Late Medieval Scotland?, Scottish Historical Review, 83 (2004), pp. 3-22.


Main Publications


Chivalry and the Medieval Past