My research interests are centred around theological writing in the later Middle Ages, asking questions about the ways in which medieval writers engaged with the religious debates of the day, and how ordinary people, for the most part with very limited access to written texts, experienced religion. The visual culture of the Middle Ages, exemplified in illuminated manuscripts and church architecture and decoration, is an important influence on my thinking, as indeed it was for medieval writers themselves.
A historicist and close reader by instinct and training, I find myself increasingly interested in exploring how far methodologies from other disciplines might illuminate my work. I am currently writing a book which draws upon sociological and anthropological theories of identity and boundaries to explore the ways in which people imagined religious identity in fifteenth-century East Anglia.
From 1st February 2012-31st January 2014 I am working on an AHRC-funded research project, ‘Spreading the Light: Mapping the Vernacular Elucidarium in Medieval England’. With my fellow researcher, Huw Grange, I am examining all extant manuscripts of the Elucidarium in English and French, in order to better understand the production, dissemination and reception of this important religious text. More information can be found on the project website: http://www.kent.ac.uk/mems/research/Elucidarium-1.html.
Office: W3.N2 (Rutherford College)
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During the academic year 2016/17 I will be teaching:
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I am currently supervising doctoral students working on the cultural construction of kingship in the late Middle Ages, the relationships between image and text in medieval manuscripts and other mixed media, and Anglo-Saxon charms.