The role of stone sculpture in the creation and management of holy places in Britain. c.600-900
I am interested in the religious experience of the inhabitants of early medieval Britain and particularly in reconstructing physical experiences to understand more about the development of holy spaces and holy places through the period.The complex networks of cultural connection between Anglo-Saxon England, Wales, Ireland and Pictland present a rich diversity of holy places and a range of roles for relics, liturgy and lay devotion in shaping landscapes of sanctity. Understanding physical experiences of shrines and holy places is central to investigating the activities and objects that sancitified them.
I hope to address the following questions:
What can stone sculpture, and descriptions of material culture in contemporary texts, reveal about the activities undertaken in holy places?
How were monumental projects and materiality used to express ideas about holy places and manage behaviour towards/in them? Who enacted such management?
Do different architectural environments reflect different cultures of devotion across early medieval Britain?
I look forward to learning from current research on shrines, holy places and landscapes of devotion in archaeology and anthropology as well as the history of different periods and areas.
I previously studied for an MSt in Medieval History at Somerville College and an undergraduate degree in History at Brasenose College.