Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
David's current project examines the multilingual reception of Middle English literature in early modern Wales. This involves examination of manuscripts containing Middle English known to have been in Wales before 1700 and looking at how readers of these texts responded to them, such as in their marginalia. This project also provides an opportunity to examine the understudied Welsh translations of Middle English literature from this period, including adaptations of texts such as Troilus and Criseyde and Mandeville's Travels.
David is a medievalist, specializing in Medieval Welsh and Old and Middle English literature. His research is comparative in nature, and seeks to look at what can be learnt by bringing divergent contemporary literary traditions into dialogue with one another. Other areas of particular interest include examining how modern literary theory and works of medieval literature can inform each other, and studying the post-medieval readers of medieval texts.
The events of medieval Britain were a major source of inspiration for the world of Westeros in Game of Thrones. The Wall in the North, for example, was inspired by Hadrians Wall and massacres like the Red Wedding have...