AN EXPERT in medieval history, from the University of Winchester, has been shortlisted for an international prize.

Dr Katherine Weikert's monograph, Authority, Gender and Space in the Anglo-Norman World, 900-1200, is one of six on the shortlist for the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion, which is awarded by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

The Medallion is the most prestigious prize in the discipline, awarded annually since 1959, to a monograph that makes an outstanding contribution to the study of architectural history.

Dr Weikert, Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester, said: “It is a great honour to be shortlisted for the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion.

“To be in the same footsteps as Sir Nicholas Pevsner, the great writer of the county-by-county Buildings of England guides, is an enormous thrill.

“The SAHGB's recognition of my book is a great mark of support for vibrant, challenging interdisciplinary research on medieval architectural history. I am absolutely delighted to be on the shortlist for this wonderful award.”

The shortlisted monograph explores medieval manor houses, revealing how concepts of space and domestic place were understood and used by their occupants in England and Normandy.

Blending approaches from history and archaeology, Dr Weikert used Anglo-Saxon wills, standing and excavated manorial sites in England and Normandy and written texts, as evidence.

Dr Weikert's main areas of research examine the connections between gender, space and authority in England and Normandy circa 900-1200, female hostageships in the central Middle Ages, and the political uses of the medieval past.

The winner of the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion will be selected in the autumn and announced at the Society's annual lecture and awards ceremony.