Thesis title: "The transmission of Latin and vernacular ad status sermons in the early thirteenth century."
Supervisor: Professor Frances Andrews
After finishing my degree in Mediaeval History and Archaeology at St Andrews, I trained as an archaeologist and then as a teacher, eventually taking the long-awaited step to return to St Andrews to undertake the MLitt in Mediaeval History on a part-time basis, graduating in November 2011.
As part of my undergraduate degree, I studied “Myth, Propaganda and History in Fourteenth Century England” with Professor Chris Given-Wilson which ignited an interest in historiography and textual analysis that led me to complete my Masters dissertation on the representations of the ‘other’ in the Historia Ierosolimitana of Albert of Aachen, with Angus Stewart, and an extended essay on the crusading sermons of Jacques de Vitry. I, therefore, decided to focus my thesis on the texts and transmission of early thirteenth century ad status sermons, written in the wake of preaching reform, which were then widely copied and disseminated by the mendicant houses around Europe. I wish to pay particular attention to annotations and marginalia in what were, essentially, guidebooks for preachers delivering sermons to specific societal groups.