Morvern French

Email: memd@st-andrews.ac.uk
Thesis Title: 'Magnificence and Materiality: The Commerce and Culture of Flemish Luxuries in Late Medieval Scotland'
Supervisor: Dr Katie Stevenson

My PhD thesis explores the prestige associated in late medieval Scotland with Flemish luxury products. Using a material culture-based approach, it offers a new artefactual dimension to the Scoto-Flemish relationship, c.1400-c.1513. Sources examined include museum collections, archaeological finds, pictorial evidence, inventories, customs accounts, and chronicles.

My research interests include the material expression of elite power and status, consumer culture, and urban identities in the medieval period.'


Teaching

ID1004: Great Ideas 2 (2017). An interdisciplinary module introducing the themes of the nature of reality, cosmology, evolution, and rights.
ME1006: Scotland and the English Empire, 1070-1500 (2016). A medieval history module on the internal political development, national identities, and diplomatic and military relationships within the British Isles.


Papers

'Fantasies of an Aristocratic Milieu? Clothing, Colour, and Illumination in Late Medieval Scotland', Institute of Scottish Historical Research, reading weekend, The Burn, April 2017.

'Cyclical Consumer Culture: The Scottish Impact on the Flemish Luxury Market', Urban Visual Culture(s): Productions and Perceptions of the Visual in Late Medieval and Early Modern Cities conference, University of Durham, June 2016.

''Ostentatious by nature': Flemish Material Culture at the Marriage of James IV and Margaret Tudor', Scotland and the Flemish People conference, University of St Andrews, June 2016.

''Gret thingis and wertuus': The Material Projection of Authority in Medieval Scotland', New Perspectives on Fifteenth Century Scotland workshop, University of St Andrews, June 2016.

''Ostentatious by nature': Flemish Material Culture, Conspicuous Consumption, and Anglo-Scottish Relations at the Court of James IV', EMREM symposium, University of Birmingham, May 2016

'Unity and Community: An Exploration of Urban Social Relations through Guild Material Culture' - International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2015.

'The Iconography of Authority: Tapestries as Symbols of Power, 1472-1539' - Institute of Scottish Historical Research, reading weekend, The Burn, March 2015.

'Flemish Material Culture in Medieval Scotland: Burghal and Rural People' - Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, Scotland and Europe Seminar Series, University of Glasgow, November 2014.
http://cscs.academicblogs.co.uk/scotland-and-the-flemish-peoples-project-analysing-international-interactions-in-the-middle-ages/#more-433


Research Projects

Contributor and blog co-editor of Scotland and the Flemish People project.
http://flemish.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/


Administration

Co-organiser of Scotland and the Flemish People workshop, University of St Andrews, June 2013.


Publications

'A History of Guns and Gunpowder in Late Medieval Scotland', History Scotland, vol. 15, no. 6 (November/December 2015)


 


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