The Perception and Conceptualisation of historical studies in the Anglo-Norman World
The history of Western Europe, especially England and Normandy, during the Anglo-Norman period, (c. 1050- c.1154). Religious and intellectual life in this context. In particular:
Foundation and expansion of book-collections, libraries and traditions of study.
Social role of historical memory and historical awareness in religious life.
Reasons for and methods of memorialising the dead.
Study and writing of history in the Anglo-Norman period.
Currently engaged in the writing-up of PhD thesis on the place of historical writing in the social and intellectual culture of monastic and ecclesiastical life in the Anglo-Norman period. The essential question is to ask what the study and writing of history meant to authors Eadmer of Canterbury, Symeon of Durham, Orderic Vitalis and Henry of Huntingdon. This has involved extensive use of surviving manuscript evidence to re-create the scholarly environments and individual scribal and authorial careers of each of these authors, followed by assessment of where his own historical writing can be placed in relation to his wider work and his academic setting.
This work has been supplemented by the delivery of papers on PhD research at:
- Figures of History', Institute of Medieval Studies, Bergen, Norway (as Invited Speaker, May 2011).
- 'Record, Relate, Remember: Narrative Constructions of Memory and Generation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages', University of Bamberg, Germany (as Invited Speaker, March 2011).
- International Medieval Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (2010, 2011 and 2012).
- Leeds International Medieval Congress (2010, 2011 and 2012).
- Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (September 2009).
Pontifical Institue of Medieval Studies, Toronto (May 2009).
Research assistant to Giles Gasper (Durham Univ.) and Sally Vaughan (Univ. of Houston) in translation of Eadmer's Historia novorum, Durham Publications in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Press: Toronto, expected 2012) (Ongoing).
Preparation as co-editor of Monastic Memorial and History in the Anglo-Norman World, ed., with Sigbjørn Sønnesyn (University of Bergen), Durham Publications in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, (Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Press: Toronto, expected 2012). Publication currently expected end of 2012 (Ongoing).
Member of a collaborative cross-institutional Orderic Vitalis research group, which has involved scholars from the Universities of Durham, York, Lincoln, UEA, Exeter, and Bamberg (Germany).
Research assistant to Paul Stephenson (Durham Univ.) and Dr Anna Leone (Durham Univ.), providing contextualisation and mapping of Norman activities in Southern Italy and Sicily during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, which contributes towards the 'Upper Simeto Valley Project', an ongoing collaborative inter-disciplinary and cross-institutional research project based at Durham. (November 2009-July 2010).
Last updated: 8 May 2011.