Dr Lucinda HS Dean

UHI Centre for History

Burghfield House



IV25 3HN


Twitter: @Lucy_HS_Dean

tel: 01463 279000

Available to talk to the media about

History, particularly medieval and early modern Scottish history, including: royal studies and monarchy, kingship and queenship, ceremony, rituals, medieval and early modern Scotland, material culture, seals, life cycle, youth, aging, gender (particularly masculinity), Perth Charterhouse, interactions between burghs and religious institutions, palaeography and public history.

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I am a late medieval and early modern historian who works on Scotland and Europe with a keen interest in ceremony and ritual, monarchy and kingship, gender and masculinity, coming of age and the life cycle, material culture and public history.

I joined the Centre for History in 2016, having taught at the universities of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh previously, as well as for the Open University (through Dundee).

Prior to my doctoral studies I also worked as a cataloguer at the National Archives of Kew and as a heritage assistant at the Surrey History Centre (formally the Surrey County Archives) and, more recently, I have worked collaboratively with the archive at the AK Bell Library and Archive (Culture Perth and Kinross) in Perth, helping to provide workshops and other activities.

I have also collaborated with other heritage groups and organisations, such as Historic Environment Scotland, the Royal Collections Trust, National Museums Scotland and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust.

Selected publications

Death and the Royal Succession in Scotland, c. 1214 – c. 1513: Ritual, Ceremony and Power (forthcoming with Boydell, 2024)

Edited Books:
E. Woodacre, L. Dean, C. Jones, Z. Rohr and R. Martin (eds), The Routledge History of Monarchy (Routledge, 2019) - available as an Ebook from UHI Library.

K. Buchanan and L. Dean, with M. Penman (eds), Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland & the British Isles (Routledge, 2016) - available as an Ebook from UHI Library.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters:
‘Negotiating Youth, Old Age & Manhood: A Comparative Approach to Late Medieval Scottish Kingship’, in Mairi Cowan, Janay Nugent and Cathryn Spence (eds), Gender in Scotland, 1200-1800: Place, Faith and Politics (forthcoming 2023/ 2024).

‘Where to make the king (or queen): the importance of place in Scottish inaugurations and coronations from 1214 to 1651’, in O. O’Grady and R. Oram (eds), Royal Scone: A Scottish Medieval Royal Centre in Europe (Shaun Tyas, 2023)

‘“richesse in fassone and in fairness”: Marriage, Manhood and Sartorial Splendour for Sixteenth-Century Scottish Kings’, Scottish Historical Review, Special Issue – Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland to 1700, 100 (2021), 378-96. https://doi.org/10.3366/shr.2021.0536

‘Keeping Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer? The Anglo-Franco-Scottish Marital Triangle, c. 1200 to c. 1625’ in Marie-Claude Canova-Green and Sara Wolfson (eds), Celebrations for the Wedding of Charles and Henrietta Maria (Routledge, 2020)

‘Making the Most of What They Had: Adapting [Indoor] and Outdoor Spaces for Royal Ceremony in Scotland c. 1214–1603’, in R. Mulryne & K. de Jonge (eds), Architectures of Festival in Early Modern Europe (Routledge, 2017)

‘In the Absence of an Adult Monarch: Ceremonial Representations of Authority by Marie de Guise 1543–1558’, in Buchanan and Dean with Penman (eds), Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland & the British Isles (Routledge, 2016)

‘Projecting Dynastic Majesty: State Ceremony in the Reign of Robert the Bruce’, International Review of Scottish Studies, 40 (Sept 2015), pp. 34-60. (Won IRSS ECR Prize June 2014)

‘Enter the Alien: Foreign Consorts and their Royal Entries into Scottish Cities, c. 1449–1594’ in R. Mulryne and A.M. Testaverde with I. Aliverti (eds), The Iconography of Power: Ceremonial Entries in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, February 2015), pp. 267-295.

‘Crowning the Child: Representing Authority in the Inaugurations and Coronations of Minors in Scotland, c.1214 to c.1567’, in E. Woodacre and S. McGlyn (eds), The Image and Perception of Monarchy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge Scholars, Sept 2014), pp. 254-280.