Catherine Hanley

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Catherine Hanley (born 1972) is a writer and researcher specialising in the Middle Ages.[1]


Hanley was born in Perth, Western Australia. She gained a degree and a PhD at the University of Sheffield and was a postdoctoral researcher there on the Partonopeus de Blois project.[2] While working as an academic she published a number of articles on medieval warfare and its portrayal in contemporary narrative literature; she also wrote War and Combat 1150-1270: The Evidence from Old French Literature which was published by Boydell and Brewer in 2003.[3] She was as a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology (Oxford University Press, 2010).[4]

After leaving academia she started to write historical fiction, and is the author of a series of medieval murder mystery novels featuring Edwin Weaver as the central character. The novels are set against the backdrop of the baronial war in the early 13th century, when the nobles of England rebelled against King John and invited Prince Louis of France to take the throne, before some of them changed their minds following John’s death and the accession of his nine-year-old son Henry III. The books in the series, all published by The History Press, are:

  • The Sins of the Father (2012) which was Editor’s Choice in Historical Novels Review.[5]
  • The Bloody City (2013)
  • Whited Sepulchres (2014)
  • Brother's Blood (2016)
  • Give Up the Dead (2018)
  • Cast the First Stone (2020)

In addition to fiction, Hanley also began writing popular non-fiction history. Her book Louis: The French Prince Who Invaded England (a biography of Louis VIII of France) was published by Yale University Press in 2016. It was well received, reviews calling it 'a captivating account' (Publisher's Weekly),[6] 'a fast-paced biography' (The Times Literary Supplement),[7] and 'serious history, as well as a gripping and poignant story' (BBC History Magazine).[8] Hanley wrote a biography of the Empress Matilda, Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior, which was published by Yale University Press in 2019.[9][10]

During the early 2000s, Hanley also worked as a cricket writer,[11] publishing articles in the UK in Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, Wisden Cricket Monthly and the website, and in Australia in the magazine Inside Cricket and in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack Australia. She made a brief return to cricket writing in 2013 with some articles for the Wisden India website.[12]


  1. ^ "Catherine Hanley – Historian and author". Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Front page". Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Boydell & Brewer Publishers". Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2010-09-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-09-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Louis: The French Prince Who Invaded England by Catherine Hanley. Yale Univ, $40 (296p) ISBN 978-0-300-21745-2". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  7. ^ Taylor, Alice (10 February 2017). "Biography". Times Literary Supplement. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  8. ^ "Reviews of Louis -". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  9. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  10. ^ Review of biography of Matilda
  11. ^ "Non-fiction – Catherine Hanley". Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-05-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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