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Jessica Coatesworth

Thesis: The Historians and Historiography of St Albans in Manuscript and Print, c. 1200 - 1700.

St Albans was a major centre for the narrative construction of English history in the Late Middle Ages. My thesis aims to examine the entire surviving corpus of St Albans historiographical manuscripts to understand how, where and why these chronicles were produced, what detailed manuscript analysis can tell us about transmission, and, most importantly, the role of design in medieval book production. In contrast to previous study on St Albans historiography, my research focuses on manuscript and book production instead of authorship and textual variation.

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Expected submission date

  • September 2018

Funding body

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Research interests

Codicology, palaeography, book history, manuscript design, monasticism, Incunabula, early printing, medieval chronicles, historiography, book design and monastic book production.

Additional information

I originally studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts (UAL), before pursuing my interests in the history of the book and design history. I completed an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Manchester in 2012. In addition to my academic work, I am currently the Coordinator for the Manchester Classics for All scheme.

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