Charlotte Whatley


Advisor: Karl B. Shoemaker

Charlotte Whatley


My work examines the legal history of fourteenth-century England, with a focus on jurisdictional conflicts, legal fictions, and church-state relations in the reign of Edward III. In particular, I am interested in the right of advowson and its role in legal conflicts between Edward III and the lower clergy, his bishops, and the pope. These conflicts offer new insights into the governing policies of Edward III, and the role of the Common Law in those policies.


M.A., University of Houston, 2014
B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 2006


  • European History

M.A. Title

  • “Gilded not Golden: Clerical Resistance and Royal Authority in the Age of Edward III”

Selected Publication

  • “Temporalities Be Taken: Edward III, Unruly Ecclesiastics, and the Fight for Exeter’s Benefices” In Fourteenth Century England, vol. 8, edited by J.S. Hamilton. (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2014), 59-81.


  • University Fellowship, UW-Madison (2019)
  • Schallek Award, Medieval Academy of America (2018)
  • Lemoine-Midelfort Award, UW-Madison Medieval Studies Program (2018)
  • IRIS Graduate Fieldwork Grant, UW-Madison (2018)
  • Research Travel Award, UW-Madison History Department (2018)
  • University Fellowship, UW-Madison (2017-2018)
  • Summer Support Fellowship, UW-Madison History Department (2017)
  • University Fellowship, UW-Madison (2015-2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • The Medieval Academy of America
  • American Society for Legal History
  • American Historical Association
  • 14th Century Society
  • Episcopus

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 201 – The Historian’s Craft – Visible History
  • History 223 – Vikings: Fact and Fiction
  • History 309 – The Crusades