Dr Katie Stevenson

Dr Katie Stevenson

BA (Hons), PhD, FSA Scot, FSA, FRHistS, FRSA
Senior Lecturer in Late Mediaeval History

Contact Details

E-mail - kcs7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone - +44 (0)1334 462908
Fax - +44 (0)1334 462914


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.

Katie currently holds the post of Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland.

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