Dr. Doug Biggs


Office: COPH 101A   |    Phone: (308) 865-8674   |    Email: biggsdl@unk.edu

Doug Biggs

Specialization Areas

Medieval England, Medieval Europe, Medieval Military History, Iowa History


Dr. Doug Biggs was born in Ames, Iowa where his father taught Geology and Earth Science at Iowa State University for his entire career. Dr. Biggs holds a BA and an MA in History from Iowa State University and a Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota. He has written extensively about the political culture of late medieval England, specifically the reigns of Richard II (1377-99) and Henry IV (1399-1413). He regularly presents his research at International Conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. He is also the Managing Series Editor for Late Medieval Europe, a monograph series for Brill Academic Publishers in the Netherlands. In late 2009 Dr. Biggs became interested in the local history of his home town and also his undergraduate alma mater. This has led to several publications, a book, and public lectures on historical subjects in Ames about Ames and Iowa State University.  In Fall 2017 Dr. Biggs received the prestigious Pratt-Heins Foundation Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to the UNK Community in the Area of Research/Scholarship.

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Here is a article that was published in the Des Moines Register about the 1896 Iowa State Cyclone football team that I gave at History Camp: Iow, in November, 2016: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/columnists/kyle-munson/2016/11/04/iowa-state-university-cyclones-1890s-football-success/93103670/


Monographs (refereed)

  • 2017 Royal Charter Witness Lists for the Reigns of Henry IV and Henry V, 1399-1417, List and Index Society, The National Archives, London
  • 2006 Three Armies in Britain: The Irish Campaign of Richard II and the Usurpation of Henry IV, 1399, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.


  • 2014  Images of America: Ames, with Gloria Betcher, Arcadia Press, Charleston, South Carolina

Bibliography (refereed)

  • 2013 “Kingship and Monarchy, 1066-1485,” Oxford Bibliographies Online (Oxford University Press).

Edited Collections (refereed)

  • 2011 The Ties that Bind: Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara Hanawalt, with Linda Mitchell and Katherine French, Ashgate Publishing.
  • 2008 Henry IV: Rebellion and Survival, 1403-1413, with Gwilym Dodd, York Medieval Press.
  • 2004 Reputation and Representation: Essays in Late Medieval History, with S. Michalove and A.C. Reeves, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • 2003 Henry IV: the Establishment of the Regime, 1399-1406with Gwilym Dodd, York Medieval Press/Boydell and Brewer.
  • 2002 Traditions and Transformations in Fifteenth Century England, with S. Michalove, and A. C. Reeves, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Articles (all refereed)

  • 2016  “Using Calamity to Drive College Policy: President William Beardshear, Iowa State College, and the Challenge of Enrollment Growth, 1891-1902,” American Educational History Journal, 43
  • 2016 “Chasing the Chimera in Iberia:  Edmund of Langley in Portugal, 1381/82,” Journal of Medieval Military History (in press, 2016).
  • 2016 “’The Laughing Rolling Stock of the State:’ Ames, Iowa State College, and the Ames&College Railway, 1902-1907,” Annals of Iowa 75 (Spring 2016), pp. 1-29.
  • 2015 “The Dinkey and the Campus,” in Campus Beautiful: The Ascetics of Iowa State University, ed. L. Pohlman, (ISU Museums, 2015), p. 75.
  • 2012 Article: “Forging a Community with Rails: Ames, Iowa Agricultural College and the Ames & College Railway, 1890-1896,” The Annals of Iowa, 71 (2012), pp. 111-140.
  • 2011 “Patronage, Preference and Survival: The Life of Lady Margaret Sarnesfield, c. 1380-1447,” in The Ties that Bind: Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara Hanawalt, pp. 143-58.
  • 2009 “’A Voyage or Rather and Expedition to Portugal:’ Edmund of Langley in Iberia 1381/82,”Journal of Medieval Military History 7 (2009), pp. 57-74.
  • 2008 “The Lancastrian Sheriff? Henry IV and his Sheriffs; the Lancastrianization of County Government and the Problem of Good and Abundant Governance, 1399-1413,”Medieval Prosopography, 25 (2008 for 2004), pp. 163-80. (solicited).
  • 2008 “An Ill and Infirm King: Henry IV and the Parliament of 1407,” inHenry IV: Rebellion and Survival, 1403-1413, ed. D. Biggs and G. Dodd (Woodbridge), pp. 180-209.
  • 2007 “Archbishop Scrope’s Manifesto of 1405: ‘Naïve Nonsense’ or Reflections of Political Realty?” Journal of Medieval History, 33 (2007), pp. 1-14.
  • 2004 “Royal Charter Witness Lists of Henry IV, 1399-1413,” English Historical Review, CXIX (2004), pp. 401-17.
  • 2003 “The Politics of Health: Henry IV and the Long Parliament of 1406,” in Henry IV: the Establishment of the Regime, 1399-1406 (Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2003), pp. 185-205.
  • 2002  “To Aid the Custodian and Council: Edmund of Langley and the Defense of the Realm, June-July 1399,” Journal of Medieval Military History, I (2002), pp. 125-144. (solicited).
  • 2002  “Henry IV and his Justices of the Peace: the Lancastrianization of Justice, 1399-1413,” in Traditions and Transformations in Fifteenth Century England ed. D. L. Biggs, S. Michalove, A. C. Reeves, (Brill, 2002), pp. 69-81.
  • 2000  “The Reign of Henry IV: the Revolution of 1399 and the Establishment of the Lancastrian Regime,” in Fourteenth Century Studies ed. Nigel Saul (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2000), pp.  195-210. (solicited).
  • 2000  “The Appellant and the Clerk; the Assault on Richard II’s Friends in Government, 1387-89,” in The Reign of Richard II: Politics, Personalities and Perceptions, ed. G. Dodd (Stroud, Gloucester: Tempus Press, 2000), pp. 57-70. (solicited).
  • 1999  “The Plantagenet Revolution in Government? The Officers of Central Government and the Lancastrian Usurpation of 1399,” Medieval Prosopography, 20 (1999), pp. 191-212.  (solicited).       
  • 1997  “The Trinity Guild of Coventry and the Royal Affinity, 1392-1413” Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, XVII (for 1995/6), pp. 91-113.
  • 1996  “Sheriffs and Justices of the Peace: The Patterns of Lancastrian Governance, 1399-1402” Nottingham Medieval Studies, XL (1996), pp. 149-166.
  • 1994  “A Wrong Whom Conscience and Kindred Bid Me to Right: A Reassessment of Edmund of Langley, Duke of York and the Usurpation of Henry IV” Albion, 26, pp. 231-246.