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. The chronicle is the most familiar historical genre and I use a dataset of chronicles written between 1350 and 1536 as an entry point to explore how historical writing was transformed within the monastic context, in both form and function. This 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 have used the past to create meaningful histories for themselves, much as we still do today. I am intrigued by the interaction between identity and collective memory, and how they are manifested in both text and material culture, as a well as the role 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.