Dale Copley

Postgraduate Research Student and Visiting Lecturer

(Email: d.copley@chester.ac.uk )

I study the Anglo-Norman realm in the high Middle Ages, with a particular interest in cultural history, medieval narrative sources and their authors.  



I graduated from the University of Cardiff in 2007 with First Class Honours and then undertook an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester 2007-2008.  I began a PhD at Chester in 2014.  Between 2008 and 2014 I worked in the heritage sector and maintain an interest in public history and material culture. 


My PhD research looks at depictions of insult in medieval narrative sources, specifically in the work of the twelfth century Anglo-Norman chronicler, Orderic Vitalis. I am interested both in how these instances function in the medieval narrative and what they might be able to tell us about medieval society.

My research is supervised by Dr Tom Pickles and funded by the John Doran Memorial Scholarship.


I contribute to the teaching on the following modules:

  • Shaping of Britain
  • The Mystery of History