About

My research interests include Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman and Angevin history, law and society, medieval manuscripts, and the intersection between legal, historical, and literary writing. My current project and research interests developed out of a background including an undergraduate thesis concerning the depiction of Champenois and French judicial procedure in Chrétien de Troyes’ twelfth-century romance, Le chevalier au lion, and an MA dissertation on the nature of sokerights and more generally soke in the Leges Henrici Primi.

From April 2014 – March 2015, I was an intern at the British Library. My internship was in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department where I assisted with the preparation of the Library’s major temporary exhibition ‘Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy’.

Projects

The Legacy of the Anglo-Norman Legal Treatise in the Leges Anglorum Londoniis collectae (DPhil Thesis, In Progress)

My current project looks at the Anglo-Norman private legal treatise as a genre and its later life in Angevin England. The study focuses on the earliest extant recension of the Leges Anglorum Londoniis collectae, an early thirteenth-century legal compilation: Rylands Latin MS 155 and BL Additional MS 14252. The project aims to situate the compilation within the framework of contemporaneous developments in legal ideology, education, and culture and determine where it fits in the overall development of the English legal system.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Looking Across: Urban Communities and their Records within a Cross-Channel Angevin Realm, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. Session 431 (11 May 2019, 1:30pm), Schneider 2335.

Medieval London’s Liberties: Articulating a Community and its Rights at the turn of the Thirteenth Century, Law and Society Annual Meeting, Washington DC. 30 May – 2 June 2019.

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