Academic Papers by Katherine Lack
‘The Spread of Apple Brown Rot (Monilinia fructigena) by
insects.' Annals of Applied Biology 115
of laboratory and field work suggests that insects, and in particular
the native species of fruit flies, Drosophila spp., play an important
role in the spread of this disease of top fruit.
‘A Dyer on the Road to St James: an Identity for ‘The
Worcester Pilgrim’?’ Midland History 30 (2005), 112-128.
The anonymous pilgrim burial
accidentally uncovered in
Worcester Cathedral early in 1987 is analysed here, in the context of
West Midlands pilgrim traditions in the later middle ages. A possible
identity is proposed for the individual, and his position in the life
of the city is explored. His will, and that of his wife, is supplied
together with a translation, and it is suggested that he himself had
probably been on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
‘The de obitu Willelmi: Propaganda for the Anglo-Norman
Succession, 1087-1088?’ English Historical Review 123 (2008), 1417-1456.
The de obitu Willelmi is a short
text purporting to describe
the death of William the Conqueror and the division of his lands
between his sons William Rufus and Duke Robert of Normandy. It survives
in full in only one late eleventh or early twelfth-century document,
and is known to be a minimally modified pastiche of two ninth-century
texts, a Life of Charlemagne and a Life of his son Louis the Pious. It
is demonstrated here that the extracts from the Life of Louis the Pious
are used so as to stress Duke Robert's unsuitability for rule, and it
is proposed that this is the purpose for which the de obitu Willelmi
was created. John ‘de Villula’, appointed Bishop of Wells by Rufus in
1088, is suggested as a key figure in its production, and it is
proposed that de obitu Willelmi was composed and used as propaganda
against Duke Robert during the 1088 rising following William Rufus's
succession to the English throne.
Ineffectual Duke or Victim of Spin?' The Haskins Society Journal,
Studies in Medieval History 20 (2009), 110-140.
This paper offers a reassessment
of the character of Duke Robert of Normandy and his relationship with
his father William the Conqueror. It looks in particular at three
aspects of his career: the extent to which he had acted as duke during
his father's lifetime; the length and severity of his rebellions
against The Conqueror, and his military role during the 1088 rising and
on the First Crusade. It is argued that the conventional view of Robert
as 'an administrative incompetent' and 'an undutiful son' was
deliberately fostered during the reign of his youngest brother, Henry I
of England, in order to justify Henry's seizure of the throne and his
continuing imprisonment of his brother.
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