An interest in all things medieval sprang from a love of the English countryside and its historic buildings and communities, with an emphasis on the iconography of medieval wall paintings and stained glass from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. These interests prompted me to return to formal education as a mature student. Initially I undertook a degree in the History of Art at Leeds. My interest in medieval history inspired me to attend a variety of undergraduate elective modules at the Institute for Medieval Studies, which provoked a growing fascination with the role of iconography in late medieval devotional culture. After completing my undergraduate studies in 2014, I undertook an M. A. in the Institute for Medieval Studies. I am currently undertaking a PhD research programme in the Institute of Medieval Studies. My supervisors are professor Julia Barrow and associate professor Dr Eva Frojmovic.
Over the last few years I have become increasingly interested in how belief systems are reflected in material culture, and the cohering effect that these ideological structures have on human groups. My undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations were concerned with the way in which religious belief framed the economies of salvation in late medieval York, viewed through the prism of the devotional culture of the city during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
I am currently researching the patrimony of Walter de Lacy and his ancestors in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire through the lens of Domesday Book, the cartularies and charters relating to the de Lacy family, the ecclesiastical institutions that they funded and founded, and by examining the extant Romanesque material culture on the estates held by them in 1086. My primary focus is on the twelfth-century frescoes in the chancel of St Mary’s church in Kempley and the role of the de Lacy family as patrons of the arts.
- M. A. Medieval Studies- University of Leeds, Institute for Medieval Studies (2014-16).
- B. A. History of Art-University of Leeds, School of Fine Art, Cultural Studies and the History of Ar