Dr Lindsay Diggelmann

PhD (Auckland)

Profile Image
Senior Lecturer
Associate Dean - Teach & Learn

Research | Current

  • Cultural history of Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • The Anglo-Norman period (11th-12th centuries)
  • The Crusades
  • History of emotions

My research involves the study of attitudes to and representations of the ‘emotional’ nature of kingship in a variety of historical and fictional texts (chronicles, romances) c. 1050 - c. 1250. I also work on political marriages and their diplomatic consequences in the Anglo-Norman era.

Teaching | Current

HUMANITIES 101 Europe: Medieval to Modern (Semester 2, 2018)

HISTORY 268 Norman Conquests, Norman Voices c. 900-1215 (Summer School 2018)

HISTORY 368 Norman Conquests, Norman Voices c. 900-1215 (Summer School 2018)

Postgraduate supervision

Current projects

  • James Ferguson, BA (Hons) dissertation, "An Examination of the Expression of Emotions in Dudo of Saint Quentin’s History of the Normans".

  • Marieke Goldsmith, BA (Hons) dissertation, "Exploring Emotional Responses during the First and Third Crusades in Islamic Texts".

  • Timothy Green, BA (Hons) dissertation, "Third Crusade Morality in Modern Fictional Media".

  • Chantelle Bowden, MA thesis, "Emotions and the Renaissance Family: The Strozzi Letters".

  • Alexandra Donnison, PhD thesis, “Women, the Body, and Society in Late Renaissance Italy: Medicine and the Female Patient” (co-supervised with Kim Phillips).

Completed projects

  • Benjamin O'Callaghan, MA thesis, "The Afterlife of Edward the Confessor, 1066-c.1400", completed 2016.
  • François-Rene du Toit, MA thesis, “Medieval Creatures, Imagined and Real: Attitudes and Practices Concerning Animals c. 1100 – c. 1400 CE”, completed 2016.
  • Giulia Eugster, BA (Hons) dissertation, "In the Midst of War and Peace: A Comparative Study of Christine de Pizan’s Political Theory in Two Medieval Texts",completed 2016.
  • Patrick Fitzgibbon, BA (Hons) dissertation, "The Other as Barbarian: Representations of ‘Otherness’ during the First Crusade", completed 2016.
  • Josiah Lawry, BA (Hons) dissertation,"The Evolution of the Idea of Chivalry in Medieval Texts", completed 2016.
  • Chantelle Perrow, BA (Hons) dissertation, "Medieval Matriarchs: A Comparative Study of Margaret Paston and Alessandra Strozzi", completed 2015.
  • Gordon Elder, BA (Hons) dissertation, "Perceptions of Muslims in Norman Chronicle Texts", completed 2015.
  • Tracey Abbott, BA (Hons) dissertation, “The Courtesan as Early Modern Educated Woman – Tullia D’Aragona, Gaspara Stampa and Veronica Franco”, completed 2014.
  • Benjamin O’Callaghan, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Of snarling, solace, and turbulent priests: the role of emotion in understanding the Becket controversy”, completed 2014.
  • Daniel Tomlin, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Christian and Islamic Relations within Early Modern Granada, 1492-1570”, completed 2014.
  • François-Rene du Toit, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Picturing Crusaders: The Portrayal of Major Figures in Sources for the Albigensian Crusade”, completed 2013.
  • Beata Nannestad, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Rhetorics of Reform in Papal Correspondence of the Eleventh Century”, completed 2013.
  • Scott Pilkington, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Understanding the death of the ‘sodomite’ Hugh Despenser the Younger: an examination of the relationship between same-sex activity and law in the medieval period”, completed 2013.
  • Oliver Skinner, MA thesis, “Reading the Fabulous in Anglo-Norman Histories”, completed 2013.
  • Verity-Ann O’Neill, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Queenship and Motherhood in Merovingian Gaul” (co-supervised with Lisa Bailey), completed 2012.
  • Stephen Sequeira, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Bad Mothers, Evil Shrews and Diabolical Neighbours: Case Studies of Early Modern Witchcraft Trials”, completed 2012.
  • Charles Boon, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Saladin: Discrepancies in Contemporary Christian and Muslim Characterisations of Salah al-Din”, completed 2011.
  • Georgie Craw, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Emotive Language of the Fifth Crusade: Ideas of Christian and Islamic Communities”, completed 2011.
  • Oliver Skinner, BA (Hons) dissertation, “Anti-‘Peasant’ Rhetoric in Reports on the Popular Revolts of the Late Fourteenth Century”, completed 2011.
  • Louis Gerdelan, MA Thesis, “The Logic of Representation in the Public Spectacles of Early Modern Florence”, completed 2011.
  • Michelle Smith, PhD thesis, "Assessing Gender in the Construction of Scottish Identity, c. 1286-1586" (co-supervised with Kim Phillips), completed 2009.
  • Jennie Oakley, MA thesis, "Early Tudor Family Relationships: The Lisle Letters" (co-supervised with Kim Phillips), completed 2009.


Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Arts


Committees/Professional groups/Services

University Teaching and Learning Quality Committee

University Library Committee

Faculty of Arts Staffing Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Diggelmann, L. (2016). Marriage, peace and enmity in the twelfth century. Common Knowledge, 22 (2), 237-255. 10.1215/0961754X-3464935
  • Diggelmann, L. M. (2015). Emotional Responses to Medieval Warfare in the 'History of William Marshal'. In A. Lynch, S. Downes, O'Louglin K (Eds.) Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature (pp. 24-41). Palgrave Macmillan. Related URL.
  • Diggelmann, L. M. (2012). Gardens as 'Emotional Communities': Three Medieval French Examples. Digital Philology, 1 (2), 253-267. 10.1353/dph.2012.0019
  • Diggelmann, L. M. (2010). Hewing the Ancient Elm: Anger, Arboricide, and Medieval Kingship. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 40 (2), 249-272.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12948
  • Diggelmann, L. M. (2009). Of Grifons and Tyrants: Anglo-Norman Views of the Mediterranean World during the Third Crusade. In L. Bailey, L. Diggelmann, K. Phillips (Eds.) Old Worlds, New Worlds: European Cultural Encounters c. 1000 - c. 1750 (pp. 11-30). Turnhout: Brepols.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11739
  • Diggelmann, L. M., Bailey, L. K., & Phillips, K. M. (2009). Old Worlds, New Worlds: European Cultural Encounters c. 1000 - c. 1750. Turnhout: Brepols.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18107
  • Diggelmann, L. M. (2005). Exile and the Poetic Standpoint of the Troubadour Bertran de Born. Parergon, 22 (1), 1-16.
  • Diggelmann, L. M. (2004). Marriage as Tactical Response: Henry II and the Royal Wedding of 1160. English Historical Review, CXIX (483), 954-964.


Contact details

Primary location

New Zealand

Web links