The Changing Nature of Monastic Historical Writing in Late Medieval England
Supervisor: Benjamin Thompson
My current research examines how monastic historical writing changed in late medieval England. I approach the subject in two ways: quantitatively, through a compiled dataset of historical works written in England comparing twenty-nine different data points and qualitatively, examining in more depth the trends, forms and functions that emerge from numerical analysis. This dual approach allows me to questioning how history was used to reflect the identity and concerns of monastic communities, who they were addressing with these curated versions of their past, and to what end.
This research reflects my more general interest in the processes by which communities use the past to create meaningful histories for themselves and the degree to which these remembered histories reflect the reality of the past and the present. I am intrigued by the interaction between identity, collective memory, and how these elements are manifested in text and material culture. I am also interested in the role and responsibility of the historian in influencing and interpreting these processes.
I am also involved in various access and outreach activities with the History Faculty, including acting as a History Ambasador and teaching on the UNIQ program.