Portrait of Dr  Pat Cullum Dr Pat Cullum

p.c.cullum@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472315


I did my first degree at Keele University where I studied English and History. I then went to the University of York to do an MA in Medieval Studies and followed this up with a D.Phil in Medieval History which was on hospitals and charity in medieval Yorkshire. I then worked at Newcastle Polytechnic, which turned into Northumbria University, teaching medieval and early modern History. I came to Huddersfield in 1993 to join what was then a Department of History and Politics. I have been Head of History since 2003.

Research and Scholarship

My first interests were in hospitals and charity. Initially I studied the greater part of the medieval period because one of the institutions I was interested in , St Leonard's Hospital, York, claimed to have been founded in 936, and was suppressed at the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540. However most of work has been on the period from the Black Death to the Reformation (1348-1547). Out of this grew my interest in female lay piety. More recently I have been working on masculinity and especially secular clerical masculinity in the later middle ages.

Conferences organised

With Katherine Lewis 'Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages' in 2001 which subsequently resulted in a volume of papers of the same name.

With West Yorkshire Archive Service 'From History to Herstory: Yorkshire Women's History' in 2003

Pat Cullum has been asked to refereree grant applications for the Wellcome Foundation; has peer reviewed books and articles for publishers and journals.

Pat Cullum regularly gives papers at conferences, including invited papers to: the Harlaxton conference, to the University of Arizona conference on Masculinities and Femininities and has recently given papers at the University of Kalamazoo Medieval Conference and the Birkbeck College conference on Masculinities.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Cullum, P (2013) ‘‘Give me chastity’: Masculinity and attitudes to chastity and celibacy in the Middle AgesGender and History , 25 (3), pp. 621-636. ISSN 0953-5233

Cullum, P. and Lewis, K. (2013) Religious Men and Masculine Identity in the Middle Ages . Gender in the Middle Ages. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. ISBN 9781843838630

Cullum, P (2013) ‘‘Feasting not fasting: men’s devotion to the Eucharist in the Middle Ages’. In: Religious Men and Masculine Identities in the Middle Ages. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. . ISBN 9781843838630

Cullum, P (2013) ‘My Lord Bishop: Chronicles and the Construction of Episcopal Identity in late medieval EnglandInternational journal of regional and local History , 8 (1), pp. 40-53. ISSN 2051-4530


Cullum, P (2008) ‘Medieval colleges and charity’. In: The Late Medieval English College and its context. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. pp. 140-153. ISBN 9781903153222


Cullum, P (2007) ‘'Virginitas' and 'virilitas' in the life and cult of Richard Scrope’. In: Richard Scrope: archbishop, rebel, martyr. Donington: Shaun Tyas Publishing. pp. 86-99. ISBN 9781900289849


Cullum, P (2004) ‘`Yf lak of charyte be not ower hynderawnce': Margery Kempe, Lynn, and the practice of the spiritual and bodily works of mercy’. In: A Companion to the Book of Margery Kempe. New York, USA: Boydell & Brewer. pp. 177-193. ISBN 9781843840305

Cullum, P (2004) ‘Boy/man into clerk/priest: the making of the late medieval clergy’. In: Rites of Passage: Cultures of Transition in the Fourteenth Century. New York, USA: Boydell & Brewer. pp. 51-65. ISBN 9781903153154

Cullum, P (2004) ‘Introduction: holiness and masculinity in Medieval Europe’. In: Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages. Cardiff, UK: University of Wales Press. pp. 1-7. ISBN 0-7083-1894-0

Cullum, P. and Lewis, K. (2004) Holiness and masculinity in the middle ages . Wales, UK: University of Wales Press. ISBN 0-7083-1894-0


Cullum, P (2003) ‘Learning to be a Man, Learning to be a Priest, in late Medieval England’. In: Learning and literacy in medieval England and abroad. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols. pp. 135-153. ISBN 2503510760

Cullum, P (2003) ‘Life-Cycle and Life-Course in a Clerical and Celibate Milieu: Northern England in the Later Middle Ages’. In: Time and Eternity: The Medieval Discourse, International Medieval Research. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols. pp. 271-282.


Cullum, P (2002) ‘Gendering Charity in late Medieval Hagiography’. In: Gender and holiness : men, women and saints in late medieval Eu. London: Routledge. pp. 135-151. ISBN 0415258219


Cullum, P (1999) ‘Clergy, masculinity and trangression in late Medieval England’. In: Masculinity in Medieval Europe. Harlow: Pearson. . ISBN 9780582316454


Cullum, P (1996) ‘Vowesses and veiled widows: Medieval female piety in the province of YorkNorthern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 32, pp. 21-41. ISSN 0078-172X


Cullum, P. and Goldberg, P. (1993) ‘Charitable provision in late Medieval York: 'To the Praise of God and the use of the Poor'.Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 29, pp. 24-39. ISSN 0078-172X


Cullum, P (1992) ‘'And hir name was Charite': charitable giving by and for women in late Medieval Yorkshire’. In: Woman is a worthy wight: women in English society c. 1200-1500. Stroud: Alan Sutton. pp. 182-211. ISBN 9780862998646

Research Degree Supervision

Dr Pat Cullum welcomes research students in the following areas:

  1. Late medieval understandings of gender especially in relation to masculinity
  2. Late medieval secular clergy
  3. Late medieval forms of lay piety, particularly gendered masculine or feminine
  4. Charity: informal and institutional in the late medieval period
  5. Wakefield Court Rolls in fourteenth and fifteenth centuries

Pat’s current research student is working on the material culture of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the North. Pat has successfully supervised an M.Phil on sixteenth century charity and the transition to compulsory poor relief in Yorkshire towns.