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The University of Southampton
Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Postgraduate Roundtable Session Event

13 March 2017
Avenue Campus, Room 65/1163

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Postgraduate Roundtable Session

Mike Werner, 'The Siege of Harfleur and the Sick Lists'

The siege of Harfleur had a significant impact on the health of Henry V’s soldiers. From drinking foul water and eating unripe fruit many fell ill with dysentery. Following the surrendered of the city, the English took stock of the problem and drew up a number of ‘sick lists’. The lists in total detail around 2,000 men; however our understanding of these nominally-rich sources is limited. It is unclear in what order the lists were created as instances of identicality and difference can be observed, as well as an array of different hands. To assess the impact of the siege on the retinues captained by the dukes of Clarence and Gloucester my research must deal with these challenges. This brief paper will touch lightly upon some of the ways in which we can learn more about these sources

Alison Daniell, 'Elizabeth Knight: A Life Through the Law'

Elizabeth Knight of Chawton has been seen by some as being a real-life Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Through the collection of her papers held at the Winchester Archive, the extent of her involvement in her estates and the efforts she made to keep control of her interests whilst under coverture become apparent but how far can we draw conclusions about a woman's life when viewed through the lens of legal documentation mediated by men and what evidence exists of Elizabeth herself entering into the legal discourse?

Charlotte Keighron, ‘Oh dress, thou enchanting thing’: The Diary of Sarah Hurst, Fashion and Female Identity’

Discourses of female identity, ageing and the life-cycle are often challenging to identify in early-modern sources, particularly when focussing on (often sparse) material culture. The four-year diary of Sarah Hurst, the daughter of a tailor, helps provide us with some insight into the ways that clothing and women’s writing can be used in conjunction as a way of accessing facets of female identity, as well as an opportunity to consider how fashion was used as a method of social communication.

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