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’
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)