Dr Colin Veach

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Dr Colin Veach has always been fascinated by medieval history, particularly the social and political articulation of power in Britain and Ireland.

He joined the University of Hull in 2012, having previously taught in the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin from 2005 to 2012.

Dr Veach was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2013, and remains an Honorary Research Associate at Trinity College Dublin’s Medieval History Research Centre.

He has contributed to a number of external research networks, and is a member of the peer review college for the Irish Research Council (IRC).


Research Interests

  • Medieval Britain and Ireland

  • Angevin (Plantagenet) Empire

  • Medieval aristocracy

  • Lordship

  • Kingship

  • Empires and imperialism

  • Frontiers

  • Identities

Research groups


Veach C, Lordship in Four Realms: The Lacy Family, 1166 – 1241, Manchester University Press (2014)

Veach C, 'Henry II and the Ideological Foundations of Angevin Rule in Ireland', Irish Historical Studies (2018, in press)

Veach C, 'Conquest and conquerors: Ireland c.1166-c.1254', in Brendan Smith (ed.), Cambridge History of Ireland, volume 1: Medieval Ireland, 1000-1550, Cambridge University Press (2017)

Veach C, ‘King John and royal control in Ireland: Why William de Briouze had to be destroyed’, English Historical Review, cxxix, no. 540, 1051-78 (2014)

Veach C and Verstraten Veach F, ‘William Gorm de Lacy, “chiefest champion in these parts of Europe”’, in Seán Duffy (ed.), Princes, Prelates and Poets in Medieval Ireland: Essays in Honour of Katharine Simms, pp 63-84, Four Courts Press (2013)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Exploring the Past (Year 1)

  • The Medieval World (Year 1)

  • Thinking About the Past (Year 2)

  • Ruling England, 1066-1217 (Year 2)

  • Edward I and the Origins of English Imperialism (Year 3)

  • King John and the Reinvention of England, 1190-1216 (Year 3 Special Subject)


  • Practising Medieval and Modern History

  • Power, Authority and Freedom in History

Research PhDs

Dr Veach welcomes applications for postgraduate research into the politics and society of Britain and Ireland in the High Middle Ages, as well as the themes of medieval aristocracy, kingship, frontiers, and identities.

Current PhD supervisions 

Matthew Raven, The Earls of Edward III, 1330-1360

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in History, Trinity College Dublin, 2010

  • MA in Medieval History, King’s College London, 2003

  • BA in History and Philosophy, Loyola College in Maryland, 2002

External roles

  • Irish Research Council - Peer Review College: Outer Board Member.

  • Bibliography of British and Irish History - Section Editor: Medieval Ireland.

Awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)