PhD Researcher, University of Cambridge
I am a PhD student at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge. I studied History at undergraduate level before moving to the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic for postgraduate study. My doctoral thesis is focused on perceptions of peoples in early medieval Wales, examining the development of British/Welsh identity, but also how Welsh writers treated other ‘peoples’, facilitating analysis of how they placed themselves within a wider context. Investigation of a broader European context is central, enabling examination of how Welsh writers located themselves and their audience within the framework of Britain, Europe and Christendom, alongside analysis of the transmission of ideas, and the relationship between developments in Wales and broader European trends. My research involves close analysis of a variety of Welsh sources (written in both Medieval Welsh and Latin), including poetry, chronicles, genealogies, and histories. My research requires close analysis of the content and context of these sources, as well as the sources used in their compilation.
My other academic interests include Anglo-Saxon history (especially Anglo-Saxon and Welsh relations); social memory in medieval societies; prophetic and historical writing in medieval Wales; and Carolingian history (especially historical writing and connections with Anglo-Saxon England and Wales). I have also published a number of articles for ‘The Cambridge Student’ (where I worked as Magazine Editor in 2013), including news articles as well as features and interviews. As part of my work experience for the BBC in 2012 I was a research assistant for the production of two episodes of the Welsh-language current affairs program ‘Taro 9’.
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...