University of Wisconsin–Madison

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


  • Medieval Legal 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.


  • 2017 Summer Support Fellowship, History Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2015-2016 University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2013 University of Houston Phi Alpha Theta Colloquium Paper Prize
  • 2010-2013 Kestenburg Fellowship, University of Houston
  • 2010-2012 Presidential Fellowship, University of Houston
  • 2006 Lura Lee Cannon Stephens Prize in History, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 201 – The Historian’s Craft – Visible History
  • History 309 – The Crusades