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Alexander Hurlow

Thesis: Norman Identity in Capetian France (1204-c.1400): The Chronique de Normandie and Etablissements de Rouen.

My research focuses on the development of Norman identity in thirteenth and fourteenth century Capetian France. I aim to demonstrate that a distinct Norman identity persisted beyond the conquest of 1204. More broadly my research addresses the wider issue of the formation of the French state, its national narrative and how it reacted to distinct ‘autonomous’ zones within it. This will be achieved by investigating two previously understudied sources. The Chronique de Normandie, an early fourteenth century chronicle, housed within the John Rylands Special Collection. As well as the Etablissements de Rouen, a set of customs and privileges that were reconfirmed, reconfigured and disseminated across Normandy during period.

Research Interests include identity, ethnic communities and pre-modern nations in the medieval and early modern era.

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