Dan Armstrong

BA Hons. History (Cantab), MA Medieval History (UEA)

 

Contact Details
Email: dfa4@st-andrews.ac.uk

Thesis Title: 'Politics, Law, and Ecclesiology in Anglo-Papal Relations, c.1066-.c.1154'
Supervisor: Professor John Hudson

 

 

 

 

 



Academic History

2014 - 2017 BA in History, Downing College, Cambridge University
2017- 2018 MA in Medieval History, University of East Anglia
2018 - PhD in Medieval History, University of St Andrews

Research Interests

I graduated from Downing College, Cambridge, in 2017 with a Double First BA Hons. in History. During my time at Downing I was the President of the Maitland History Society (2016-17), and I was the recipient of two essay prizes: the J.C. Holt Undergraduate Essay Prize (2015) and the R.J. White Essay Prize (2017). After graduating from Cambridge I moved to the University of East Anglia, where I was awarded an AHRC Studentship to fully-fund my MA in Medieval History, graduating with a Distinction in 2018.

My PhD, under the supervision of Professor John Hudson, is funded by the European Research Council as part of the project: ‘Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence, and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries.’ The preliminary title of my thesis is: 'Politics, Law, and Ecclesiology in Anglo-Papal Relations, c.1066-c.1154'. The thesis will re-assess the relationship between the Anglo-Norman kings, bishops, and the papacy. In doing so my PhD will seek to address the remarkably uneven historiographical coverage of Anglo-Papal diplomacy. A misleading narrative of conflict has been accepted as the norm, with the historiography primarily focussing upon the 'crises archbishops' of Anselm, Beckett, and Langton. My thesis will attempt to correct this imbalance, whilst placing the Anglo-Norman Church and kingdom within its wider European context, seeking to show the centrality of the often ignored 'periphery' for papal policy. The crusades, the developments and the diffusion of Canon Law, the role of Peter's Pence, and the increasing centripetal shift amongst the English episcopate towards Rome will be among the topics considered.

Scholarships and Awards

2019 Best Poster Presentation, Anglo-Norman Studies
2019 Muriel Brown Postgraduate Bursary, Anglo-Norman Studies
2018 Larry Butler Prize for Best Dissertation by an MA Student, University of East Anglia
2018 European Research Council PhD Studentship, University of St Andrews
2017 AHRC Faculty of Arts and Humanities MA Studentship, University of East Anglia
2017 Richmond Book Prize, Downing College
2017 R.J. White Essay Prize, Downing College
2016 Seton Cavendish Scholarship, Downing College
2015 J.C. Holt Undergraduate Essay Prize, The Magna Carta Project

Affiliated Project

Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: 'Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries'. (http://clicme.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/people-2/doctoral-researchers/)