Spotlight on Rory Cox
May 24, 2013 1 Comment
Dr Rory Cox joined the School of History in September 2011 as Lecturer in Late Mediaeval History. Previously Dr Cox taught at the University of Aberystwyth and held a Scouloudi Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, London. He was awarded his D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 2010.
Dr Cox’s research focuses on European military history and intellectual history during the late middle ages. He is particularly interested in the development of just war doctrine and the creation, application, and violation of so-called ‘laws of war’ during medieval conflicts. The Hundred Years War provides a background for much of his work.
He is currently completing a monograph, The Medieval Pacifist: John Wyclif on War and Peace, which will be published as part of the Royal Historical Society’s Studies in History series (Boydell & Brewer). The monograph examines the political thought of the fourteenth-century English scholastic theologian and philosopher John Wyclif, arguing that Wyclif not only dismantled the accepted theory of justified warfare, but also espoused a radical doctrine of Christian pacifism. Dr Cox is also working on contributions for forthcoming volumes: examining the ethics of war in the West up to Thomas Aquinas in one, and exploring the role of religion in the Hundred Years War in the other.
Dr Cox’s research interests are strongly reflected in his teaching. He coordinates the 3000-level modules ‘Mediaeval Political Thought’ (ME3235) and ‘Justifying Mediaeval Warfare’ (ME3423), as well as the Special Subject ‘England and France at War in the Fourteenth Century’ (ME4710). He also teaches on a number of sub-honours modules and contributes to postgraduate modules offered by the School.