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Liz Hanna

Education and Experience

Liz holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of South Carolina and an MLitt in Mediaeval English from the University of St Andrews. Her PhD thesis – a dual degree with the School of History – provisionally entitled ‘Matters in Britain: King Arthur and the Politics of Sovereignty in Medieval Scotland’, explores representations of King Arthur in the literature and history of medieval and early modern Scotland. She is supervised by Dr Rhiannon Purdie in English and Dr Katie Stevenson in History.

In 2013 she received a grant from the Catherine Mackichan Trust to assist further study of John of Fordun’s portrayal of King Arthur in his Chronica Gentis Scotorum. She also won a Postgraduate Award from the Barron Bequest of the International Arthurian Society, British Branch.

Conference papers

‘The Wild Knight: The Arthurian Interests of James IV of Scotland’, International Arthurian Congress, British Branch, University of Bangor (September 2013)

‘Scotland’s Arthurian World: Representations of Arthur’s Empire in Medieval Scotland’ International Arthurian Congress, University of Bucharest (July 2014)

‘The English Chronicler’: The Reception of William Caxton in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Scotland, International Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (July 2014)

Liz Hanna



PhD student:
Medieval Scottish Literature
and History