Dr Colin Veach

Dr Colin Veach

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


Dr Colin Veach has always been fascinated by medieval history, particularly the 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).


- History of Freedom (Year 1)

- World War Tudors: Rethinking British History (Year 1)

- History: Then & Now (Year 2)

- The First Superpowers (Year 2)

- The Vikings and their World (Year 3)


- Practising History

- Power, Authority and Freedom in History

Recent outputs

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Lordship in four realms: the Lacy family, 1166-1241

Veach, C. (2014). Lordship in four realms: the Lacy family, 1166-1241. Manchester: Manchester University Press

Book Chapter

Conquest and Conquerors

Veach, C. (2018). Conquest and Conquerors. In B. Smith (Ed.), Cambridge History of Ireland, Volume 1: 650-1550 (157-182). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316275399.010

The Geraldines and the Conquest of Ireland

Veach, C. (2016). The Geraldines and the Conquest of Ireland. In P. Crooks, & S. Duffy (Eds.), The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth (69-92). Dublin: Four Courts Press

Journal Article

Henry II and the ideological foundations of Angevin rule in Ireland

Veach, C. (2018). Henry II and the ideological foundations of Angevin rule in Ireland. Irish Historical Studies, 42(161), 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1017/ihs.2018.6

King John and royal control in Ireland: Why William de Briouze had to be destroyed

Veach, C. (2014). King John and royal control in Ireland: Why William de Briouze had to be destroyed. English Historical Review, 129(540), 1051-1078. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/ceu221

Research interests

Dr Veach's research investigates the articulation of power and dominion in medieval Britain and Ireland, placed in the context of Europe. His 2014 monograph Lordship in Four Realms was one of the first truly transnational studies of the medieval aristocracy, the social and cultural glue which bound the Britain and Ireland to continental Europe. Utilising the lens of ‘lordship’, it looked at how one family adapted its strategies of domination in four distinct polities: England, Ireland, Wales and Normandy.

Recently, he has begun to approach transnational history and political culture from the perspective of empire, particularly through involvement in collaborative projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust (‘New Interpretations on the Angevin World’), and the AHRC (‘An Empire of Islands’).

The two strands of ‘lordship’ and ‘empire’ are brought together and developed in his current Leverhulme-funded project ‘England’s First Colony: State-Building on the Irish Frontier, 1199-1265’

Lead investigator







England's First Colony: State-Building on an Irish Frontier, 1199-1265


The Leverhulme Trust




1 September 2019



Postgraduate supervision

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 and past PhD supervisions:

Adam Cook, ‘The Two Norths: Identity and Hybridity in Yorkshire and Northumberland, 1066-1215’

Ryan Prescott, ‘High Status Sites and Castles in Lincolnshire and the Humber’

Matthew Raven, 'The Earls of Edward III, 1330-1360' (Graduated 2019)