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    I am a PhD candidate in Medieval Studies and a Bilinski Fellow in the English department at the University of New Mexico. My dissertation investigates the life of the legendary St. Swithun of Winchester who served as bishop in life and source for miracles in death. Synthesizing the disciplines of art history, history, architecture, and literature to illustrate the emergence of the cult that surfaced after Swithun’s death, my research details how the remains of the saint influenced the architecture of the cathedral into which his body was ultimately relocated, the religious writing that inspired pilgrims to visit his shrine, and the art objects that sought to represent his holiness in a way that would symbolize with gems and gold the power of his remains. I am also interested in paleography and codicology and how the digital humanities can aid in the enrichment of editing and cataloguing practices for the purpose of editions.


    B.A., The Ohio State University (2012)

    M.A., Bowling Green State University (2014)

    PhD, The University of New Mexico (expected spring 2018)

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    I will be attending and giving papers at the IMC Leeds and Winchester Royal City conferences in England and the International Society for Anglo-Saxonists conference in Hawaii this summer.

    Abigail G. Robertson

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