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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Durham Priory Library Recreated Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Dr Elizabeth Biggs was the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow working on Durham Priory Library during the middle years of the Reformation (c. 1539-79). She did her doctorate at York, on St Stephen's College in the old palace of Westminster, which was a favoured royal foundation right up to the reign of Edward VI. The people of St Stephen's owned and wrote books, but frustratingly very little information survives about their personal libraries let alone the college's communal library. Thus coming to Durham's rich library and archives to work on the people of the priory as they went from monks to canons and changed their library accordingly is a real pleasure.

Dr Biggs' work formed part of the research strands being investigated as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project.

View Dr Biggs' End-of-Fellowship Report.

We are enourmously grateful to the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation for supporting this important research on the finest collection of medieval manuscripts of any English cathedral.