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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Dr Sarah Buxton, BA (Cantab), MA, PhD (Dunelm)

Contact Dr Sarah Buxton (email at


Sarah Buxton works principally on medieval Castilian hagiography, and is particularly interested in the constructions of power, narrative, and gender within these texts. Her doctoral programme, funded by the AHRC, explored the legends of Saints George, Sebastian, and Eustace, and she is currently working on a book-length project examining the presentation of Saint Christopher in medieval Spain. She also works on codicology, transcription, and palaeography. 

Sarah teaches medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature, history, and culture, and Spanish language. 

She is a member of the IMRS, and the Literary, History, Theory MLAC research group.

Promotion of Research

  • Organiser, 'Re-reading the Martyr's Sacred Body', panel sponsored by School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, May 2011.
  • Chair, Research Conversation Day, 'Rethinking Narrative', Durham University, July 2010.
  • Organiser, 'Sanctity and the Body', panel at Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Conference, King's College London, April 2010.
  • Co-organiser of Durham Medieval and Renaissance Postgraduate Study Group, October 2007-September 2008.

Recent Research Papers

  • 'Saints Sixtus, Lawrence, Hippolytus etc.: Community and Continuity in Medieval Castilian Prose Martyrdom Narratives', Early Modern Research Seminar, Oxford University, November 2010.
  • 'Saints, Giants, and Dog-headed Men: Saint Christopher in Fifteenth-Century Castilian Manuscripts', graduate workshop, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, May 2010.
  • 'The Wandering Saint and Liminal Spaces: Symbolic Setting in Medieval Castilian Prose Hagiography', 45th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2010.
  • 'Sanctity and Monstrosity: The Legend of Saint Christopher in Medieval Prose Hagiography', Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Conference, King's College London, April 2010.
  • 'Stags, Lions, and Wolves in Emperor's Clothing: The Function of Animal Symbolism in the Medieval Castilian Legend of Saint Eustace', Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar Queen Mary University of London, November 2009.
  • A number of papers given at international conferences, including 'Power' (Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Durham University, July 2007) and the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar (Queen Mary, University of London).

Teaching Areas

  • Conflict and Violence in the Spanish-Speaking World
  • Spanish Language 1B
  • Spanish Texts

Selected Publications

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Journal Article

  • (2013). Shared Oneiric Experiences in Medieval Castilian Hagiography. La Corónica 42: 185-203.

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