Audrey Thorstad | Department of History

Audrey Thorstad

Assistant Professor
Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe


I am an early modern historian specializing in the social and gender history of Britain and Ireland. My research draws from a range of different types of primary sources from objects and spaces to architecture, documents, and images in order to ask questions about expressions of gender, identity, and social interactions. My first book The Culture of Castles in Tudor England and Wales explored the lived experience of the Tudor household, and not just the elite men, who lived and worked at castles. My second book project investigates the formation of masculine identities in the early Tudor period through the shared activity of violence, from warfare to jousting.

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on the late medieval and early modern periods. My teaching, as with my research, is focused on bringing a variety of premodern primary sources together. This encourages students to think about the past in a multifaceted way.

Select Publications:


The Culture of Castles in Tudor England and Wales (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2019):

Articles and Book Chapters:

'The Materiality of an Archive on the Early Tudor Welsh Marches', Welsh History Review / Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru, 31:2 (2020), forthcoming:

'Establishing a Royal Connection: Tudor Iconography and the Creation of a Dynastic Grand Narrative', in Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State Rooms, ed. by T. Hiltman and M. Metelo de Seixas (Ostifidern: Thorbecke, 2020), pp. 92-109:

'There and Back Again: The Journey of a Sixteenth-Century Travelling Household', in Royal and Elite Households in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. by T. Earenfight (Leiden: Brill, 2018), pp. 357-377:

'Ecclesiastical Licences to Crenellate: Urban Space and Rivalries in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century England', in Medieval Urban Identity: Health, Economy and Regulation, ed. by F. Sabaté (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2015), pp. 68-88:

"St George, his pilgrimage to St Davids': A Pembrokeshire Tournament in 1506', Pembrokeshire History Society Journal, 23 (2014), 7-18: