Benedict Wiedemann

Having completed both an MA and a BA at UCL before his PhD, Benedict is now in his eight consecutive year in the History department. Benedict's thesis looks at relationships between popes and kings in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, focusing especially on papal-royal relations in the kingdoms of Sicily, Aragon, and England. Benedict is also interested in administrative and financial history. His next research project will be a study of the papal household and "chamber" (the financial office) during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.


Supervisor: David D'Avray
Working title: 'Papal Overlordship and protectio of the King, c.1000-1300'
Expected completion date: 2017


  • ‘“Fooling the Court of the Lord Pope”: Dafydd ap Llywelyn’s petition to the Curia in 1244’, Welsh History Review / Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 28 (2016), pp. 209-32
  • ‘The Kingdom of Portugal, Homage and Papal “Fiefdom” in the Second Half of the Twelfth Century”, Journal of Medieval History 41 (2015), pp. 432-445 
  • ‘The Papal Camera and the Monastic Census. Evidence from Portugal, c.1150-1190’, Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte 126 (2015), pp. 181-96
  • ‘Master James, a papal scribe in the household of Pandulf Verracclo, papal legate to England, 1218-1221’, Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research 61 (2017), pp. 105-10
  • ‘Doorkeepers, the Chamberlain and Petitioning at the Papal Court, c.1150-1200’, Historical Research (forthcoming)