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Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Our staff

Below is information about the teaching staff and their research interests.


Remy Ambuhl (Lecturer in Medieval History) is interested in the conduct of war and its impact on late medieval society in the context of the Anglo-French wars, known as the Hundred Years War. His research is currently focused on the treatment of the defeated (individual and collective surrenders), but he is happy to supervise students interested in any topic related to war and society in the late Middle Ages.


George Bernard (Professor of History) supervises topics in sixteenth-century English political and religious history; and the architectural history of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Jakub Boguszak (Lecturer in English) is interested in early modern theatre and welcomes research proposals focusing on English drama in the late 16th and early 17th century. Performance studies, theatre history, textual transmission, and the visual culture of the period are just some of the lines of enquiry which Jakub encourages candidates to pursue.

Jeanice Brooks (Professor of Music) welcomes students studying music and culture in Renaissance France, and those interested in song and gender.


Catherine Clarke (Professor of English) Catherine’s research explores questions of place, power and identity in the Middle Ages, as well as ‘medievalisms' or appropriations of the medieval past in later centuries. Her research often involves inter-disciplinary approaches and draws on digital tools; she is also interested in knowledge exchange, practice-led methodologies and public engagement, and how these activities can drive and transform research. She would welcome proposals for projects in any of these areas.

Peter Clarke (Professor of History. Director of CMRC) would like to attract research students working on any aspect of church history in the later medieval West (1100-1500), especially the papacy, canon law, penance, popular piety and heresy. He is also interested in supervising students working on intellectual and university history, especially the doctrines of medieval canonists and theologians.

Erika Corradini (Education Development Advisor) I am a visiting member of CMRC. My research questions the politics of book production in eleventh-century England focussing, in particular, on the collection of books compiled and housed at Exeter Cathedral in Devon. These books are particularly interesting to study because they provide modern scholars with an insight into the religious concerns of an eleventh-century bishop. By looking at the books’ content, languages and make-up, I examine the ideologies underpinning book production in the years spanning the Norman Conquest. I have published this research in essays mostly focussing on the materiality of books. My latest publication examines the cultural connections linking Exeter Cathedral with early eleventh century papal reforms.

Anne Curry (Professor of Medieval History. Dean of the Faculty of Humanities) is keen to attract students interested in medieval military history, and especially on any aspect of the Hundred Years War, as well as those working on late medieval English and French political history, medieval English local history, and the role of women.


Mark Everist (Professor of Music) focuses on the music of western Europe in the period 1150-1330, reception theory, and historiography, as well as French nineteenth-century stage music between the Restoration and the Commune, and Mozart.


Alison Gascoigne (Associate Professor in Archaeology) has research interests in late Roman and early Islamic Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean generally, with particular focus on urbanism, cultural change and ceramics. She is happy to supervise students in any of these areas.


Peter Happé (Visiting Fellow in English) has published extensively on medieval and early Renaissance drama. He is co-editing, with Wim Hüsken, the Ludus series on Medieval and Early Renaissance Theatre and Drama for Rodopi. Current interests include contributions to the forthcoming editions of Ben Jonson (Cambridge University Press) and James Shirley (Oxford University Press).

Maria Hayward (Professor of History) is interested in dress and textiles at the court of Henry VIII; the production of court revels and disguisings; early modern liturgical textiles; as well as textiles in early-modern archaeological contexts.

David Hinton (Professor in Archaeology) has retired, but is still prepared to consider supervising work on English medieval archaeology. His specialisation is in artefacts, and the role of material culture in social and economic history.

Alice Hunt (Senior Lecturer in English). Alice's research focuses on the English early modern court, looking in particular at the coronation ceremonies of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs, at the relationship between ceremony and drama, and the role of ceremony under Oliver Cromwell. She is particularly interested in the legitimization of power, and the impact of religious and political change on all kinds of ceremonies and rituals: royal, political, religious, civic. She welcomes research proposals on any aspect of early modern literature and drama; ceremony and ritual; court culture; the period of the Republic.


Nicholas Karn (Senior Lecturer in History) his main research interest is in the institutions of law and the culture of the law in England in the central middle ages, and especially from about 1000 to 1250.

Andy King (Lecturer in Medieval History) has worked mainly on later medieval Britain. His research interests include Anglo-Scottish relations and the Anglo-Scottish Marches; English kingship and politics, c.1272-c.1413; chivalry, the laws and conduct of war, and treason and rebellion; soldiers, armies and warfare; chronicles; and castles. He would welcome students in any of these areas, and in late medieval British political history and culture generally.


Craig Lambert (Lecturer in History and the Southampton Maritime and Marine Institute) specialises in late medieval maritime history, with a particular focus on naval logistics during the Hundred Years War. More recently, attention has shifted to examining the socio-economic position (and demographics) of fourteenth and fifteenth century ship-board and coastal communities, and the size, composition and geographical distribution of the late medieval English merchant fleet.


John McGavin (Emeritus Professor of Medieval Literature and Culture), though retired, is always glad to discuss students’ and colleagues’ work. His specialism is early Scottish and English drama and ceremony, in particular the interpretation of primary records which might reveal theatricality and play of different kinds. He is Chair of the Executive Board of Records of Early English Drama, and, with Professor Greg Walker of Edinburgh University, has recently published Imagining Spectatorship: from the Mysteries to the Shakespearean Stage (OUP, 2016).

Bella Millett (Emeritus Professor of Medieval Literature) has research interests in medieval English literature, particularly devotional writings and the literature of preaching, and in the place of England in the 'Twelfth-century Renaissance' and 'Medieval Reformation'. Her publications include an edition and translation of the thirteenth-century Middle English rule for women recluses, Ancrene Wisse, for the Early English Text Society, and is currently working on twelfth- and thirteenth-century preaching in England.


Marianne O'Doherty (Associate Professor in English) has interests in medieval geography and cartography, medieval travel writing and its reception; medieval literary and imaginative engagements with the East; textual connections between Italy and England; medieval books, readers, and reading. She welcomes PhD proposals on any aspect of late medieval literature and culture related to space, place and literary or cartographic representation.

Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Lecturer) teaches early modern English literature, although his research sprawls about in various eras and areas of intellectual history. He has published on demonology, Cartesianism, biblical criticism and translation, the early modern Christian historiography of antiquity, postwar architecture, C16 Tunisian history and other topics, and is currently working on a long-range history of verbal ambiguities from Aristotle to William Empson.


Andrew Pinnock (Professor of Music) works in two barely connected research fields: seventeenth-century musicology, particularly Henry Purcell, and modern British cultural policy.


Mark Stoyle (Professor of History) welcomes students in any area of early modern English and Welsh history between 1450 and 1660, especially on topics relating to the Civil Wars.

Laurie Stras (Professor of Music) can supervise dissertations on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian music, both sacred and secular, including source studies, theory, and gender and performance-related topics.


Lena Wahlgren-Smith (Research Fellow in Latin and Medieval Studies) is interested in the field of Latin literature, including medieval letter-collections, medieval extra-liturgical song texts, and post-medieval epigraphy. She has recently completed a preliminary edition of the Latin texts in Richard Hakluyt’s Principall Navigations (1599-1600), and is currently engaged in setting up an interactive website for Latin inscriptions from A.D.700 to the present time.

Chris Woolgar (Professor of History and Archival Studies) supervises projects in all aspects of daily life in the Middle Ages and themes associated with the Library's Special Collections.

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