Dr Penny Nash

BSc (Sydney), MBA (University of Central Queensland), Dip. Arts (History Honours, Class 1, University of Sydney), PhD (University of Sydney)
Honorary Associate

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


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Research interests

  • Medieval European history,especially the Ottonian and Salian periods
  • Women’s wealth and power
  • Early medieval art
  • Biography
  • Intellectual thought
  • Historiography of the medieval period

Current projects

  • working with Professor Jonathan Wooding and Dr Lynette Olson on what we call "The Melocco Project". Three brothers named Melocco, originally from Northern Italy, settled in Sydney in the early twentieth century. They were trained in terrazzo, mosaic, scagliola, and other stone and marble work. The project is particularly interested in how much of their work was inspired by the Book of Kells. Their fine artistry can still be seen on the floors and walls in many buildings in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, including the State Library of NSW and the Crypt of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.
  • investigating the spiritual zeal of Matilda of Canossa as a book chapter in an Italian production scheduled for publication in 2021.
  • with collaborators she is planning the publication of the session "Pauline Stafford's Queens, Concubines, and Dowagers 35 Years Later: A Round Table Discussion." International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2–5 July 2018.
  • translating the Latin letters of Countess Matilda of Tuscany in collaboration with Professor John O. Ward and Dr Sola Sharon Davidson at the behest of Professor Joan Ferrante, Columbia University.
  • publication on Otto III's and Frederick Barbarossa's violent incursions into Italy in the 10th and 11th centuries.
  • publication about memories of literature and art at the turn of the first millennium.

Associations

  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS), Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA), Medieval Academy of America (MAA), The Haskins Society, and Royal Studies Network
  • Treasurer of the Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group (SMRG)
  • Life member of the Basser Computer Society
  • Member of the Jane Austen Society of Australia

Awards and honours

  • 2018 Runner up in the Canterbury Christ Church University / Royal Studies Journal book award for Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society, Queenship and Power. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2014 Best Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher Prize – Highly Commended – Awarded by Macquarie University
  • 2008 Ernst Bramsted Prize – Medieval and Modern History – University of Sydney
  • 2006 Audrey Meaney Prize – Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group

Public Talks

  • "Jane Austen on Marriage and Property: In Context from the Middle Ages to the Married Women's Property Act", Middle Harbour Probus Club, 28 November 2019
  • “Empresses, Queens and Countesses: Power, Wealth, Power and the Struggle for Survival”, The Plantagenet History Society, 16 November 2019, and reviewed in the December 2019 Plantagenet Chronicle
  • “Pointy Hats and Glittering Headdresses Show Power and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages”, Mosman Rotary, 27 August 2019.
  • “Ruling Women and the Travelling Court in Tenth-Century Italy and Germany”, Mosman Rotary, 11 December 2018
  • “How Medieval Women Wielded Power and Kept their Wealth,” Ashfield Library, 16 May 2018
  • “Jane Austen and Medieval Women: What on earth do they have in common?” Jane Austen Society of Australia (JASA), 21 April 2018
  • “Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda of Tuscany”, Women’s Action Information Group (WAIG), Lane Cove Library, 14 August 2017

Selected publications

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Books

  • Nash, P. (2017). Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Nash, P. (2020). 'Dominae Imperiales': Ottonian Women and Dynastic Stability, Strength and Legitimacy in Tenth-Century Germany. In Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues, Manuela Santos Silva, Jonathan W. Spangler (Eds.), Dynastic Change: Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy, (pp. 222-237). London, UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis). [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2020). Insular influences on Carolingian and Ottonian literature. In Jonathan Wooding and Lynette Olson (Eds.), Prophecy, Fate and Memory in the Early Medieval Celtic World, (pp. 92-123). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press. [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2018). Liudprand of Cremona (c. 920-c. 972). In Gordon Martel (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy, (pp. 1144-1147). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2018). Maintaining Elite Households in Germany and Italy, 900-1115: Finances, Control and Patronage. In Theresa Earenfight (Eds.), Elite and Royal Households in Later Medieval and Early Modern Europe, (pp. 42-72). Leiden: Brill. [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2016). L'imperatrice e la contessa: Adelaide di Borgogna modello per Matilde di Canossa? In Paolo Golinelli (Eds.), Matilde nel Veneto, (pp. 33-42). Bologna: Patron Editore. [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2015). Empress Adelheids Vulnerabilities as Mother and Ruler. In Ellie Woodacre, Carey Fleiner (Eds.), Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children: Wielding Political Authority from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era, (pp. 127-147). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nash, P. (2015). Reality and Ritual in the Medieval King's Emotions of Ira and Clementia. In Michael Champion, Andrew Lynch (Eds.), Understanding Emotions in Early Europe, (pp. 251-271). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers. [More Information]

Journals

  • Nash, P. (2019). Book review: Andriolo, Azzura Elena and Reynolds, Suzanne, Illuminated Manuscripts and Incucabula in Cambridge: A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part Five: Illuminated Incunabula, Volume One: Books Printed in Italy (London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2017). Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 15, 127-129. [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2018). Jane Austen and Medieval Women: What on earth do they have in common? Sensibilities, 56, 49-67.
  • Eads, V., Coleman, E., Hay, D., Houghton, R., Ward, J., Nash, P., Nicholson, H. (2017). Matilda of Tuscany-Canossa: Commemorating the 9th Centennial of the Great Countess, IV. StoricaMente, 13(30).
  • Nash, P. (2016). The Ottonians Turn their Gaze West to the Court of al-Andalus. Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 12, 53-68.
  • Nash, P. (2016). Woman and Power: Thoughts Arising out of the Roundtable "Debating Women and Power in the Middle Ages," International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2014. Medieval Feminist Forum, 51(2), 39-60.
  • Nash, P. (2015). Women and Power: Thoughts Arising out of the Roundtable "Debating Women and Power in the Middle Ages" International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2014. Medieval Feminist Forum, 51(2), 39-60.
  • Nash, P. (2014). Perceptions of Tenth-Century European Elites by Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Thietmar of Merseburg, Odilo of Cluny, the Quedlinburg Annales, and other Contemporary Chroniclers. Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 10(2014), 77-96.
  • Nash, P. (2011). Demonstrations of Imperium: Byzantine Influences in the Late Eighth and Tenth Centuries in the West. Byzantina Australiensia, 17, 159-172.
  • Nash, P. (2010). Shifting terrain - Italy and Germany dancing in their own tapestry. Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 6, 53-73.

2020

  • Nash, P. (2020). 'Dominae Imperiales': Ottonian Women and Dynastic Stability, Strength and Legitimacy in Tenth-Century Germany. In Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues, Manuela Santos Silva, Jonathan W. Spangler (Eds.), Dynastic Change: Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy, (pp. 222-237). London, UK: Routledge (Taylor and Francis). [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2020). Insular influences on Carolingian and Ottonian literature. In Jonathan Wooding and Lynette Olson (Eds.), Prophecy, Fate and Memory in the Early Medieval Celtic World, (pp. 92-123). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press. [More Information]

2019

  • Nash, P. (2019). Book review: Andriolo, Azzura Elena and Reynolds, Suzanne, Illuminated Manuscripts and Incucabula in Cambridge: A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part Five: Illuminated Incunabula, Volume One: Books Printed in Italy (London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2017). Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 15, 127-129. [More Information]

2018

  • Nash, P. (2018). Jane Austen and Medieval Women: What on earth do they have in common? Sensibilities, 56, 49-67.
  • Nash, P. (2018). Liudprand of Cremona (c. 920-c. 972). In Gordon Martel (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy, (pp. 1144-1147). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2018). Maintaining Elite Households in Germany and Italy, 900-1115: Finances, Control and Patronage. In Theresa Earenfight (Eds.), Elite and Royal Households in Later Medieval and Early Modern Europe, (pp. 42-72). Leiden: Brill. [More Information]

2017

  • Nash, P. (2017). Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Eads, V., Coleman, E., Hay, D., Houghton, R., Ward, J., Nash, P., Nicholson, H. (2017). Matilda of Tuscany-Canossa: Commemorating the 9th Centennial of the Great Countess, IV. StoricaMente, 13(30).

2016

  • Nash, P. (2016). L'imperatrice e la contessa: Adelaide di Borgogna modello per Matilde di Canossa? In Paolo Golinelli (Eds.), Matilde nel Veneto, (pp. 33-42). Bologna: Patron Editore. [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2016). The Ottonians Turn their Gaze West to the Court of al-Andalus. Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 12, 53-68.
  • Nash, P. (2016). Woman and Power: Thoughts Arising out of the Roundtable "Debating Women and Power in the Middle Ages," International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2014. Medieval Feminist Forum, 51(2), 39-60.

2015

  • Nash, P. (2015). Empress Adelheids Vulnerabilities as Mother and Ruler. In Ellie Woodacre, Carey Fleiner (Eds.), Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children: Wielding Political Authority from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era, (pp. 127-147). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nash, P. (2015). Reality and Ritual in the Medieval King's Emotions of Ira and Clementia. In Michael Champion, Andrew Lynch (Eds.), Understanding Emotions in Early Europe, (pp. 251-271). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers. [More Information]
  • Nash, P. (2015). Women and Power: Thoughts Arising out of the Roundtable "Debating Women and Power in the Middle Ages" International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2014. Medieval Feminist Forum, 51(2), 39-60.

2014

  • Nash, P. (2014). Perceptions of Tenth-Century European Elites by Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Thietmar of Merseburg, Odilo of Cluny, the Quedlinburg Annales, and other Contemporary Chroniclers. Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 10(2014), 77-96.

2011

  • Nash, P. (2011). Demonstrations of Imperium: Byzantine Influences in the Late Eighth and Tenth Centuries in the West. Byzantina Australiensia, 17, 159-172.

2010

  • Nash, P. (2010). Shifting terrain - Italy and Germany dancing in their own tapestry. Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 6, 53-73.

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