My research and teaching interests broadly cover the political, cultural and intellectual history of Britain and Continental Europe during the period c.900-1250 AD, with particular focus on exploring perceptions of the past and theories of history-writing from Antiquity to c.1250.
I completed my PhD at Durham University in 2014. Until summer 2016, I worked as Arts and Humanities Research Council Cultural Engagement Fellow at Durham, on a project titled ‘Singing the Past to Life’, with partner organisation, Cantata Dramatica. Our aim is to develop an original sung drama based on the life and medieval cult of St Cuthbert in Durham. Composition is ongoing, with premier expected in 2018 (see: https://singingthepastblog.wordpress.com/)
Between 2013 and 2016, I led a collaborative research group on the Anglo-Norman historian, Orderic Vitalis, part funded by the Royal Historical Society and Durham’s Institute for Medieval and Early Modern studies. The project came to completion in October 2016, through the publication of the volume: Orderic Vitalis: Life, Works and Interpretations (Woodbridge: Boydell Press).
I am currently writing a book on the writing and history and uses of the past within the community of St Cuthbert at Durham, c.995-1150 (York Medieval Press). I continue to develop my work on medieval perceptions of the past, and I am developing new material for publication on Orderic Vitalis, Symeon of Durham, and a study of the Anglo-Norman historian, Eadmer of Canterbury. My next major project explores links between the role of the historian and the monastic/cathedral cantor in the early and high Middle Ages.