Dr Jenny Stratford, MA (Oxon), PhD (London), FRHistS, FSA
Late medieval history and material culture (England and France)
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research
Research and publications
Jenny Stratford began her career as an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Manuscripts, The British Museum (now The British Library). Her research and publications have focused on two main areas: medieval and modern manuscripts, and on princely collections of the later middle ages in England and France. She is especially concerned to explore the political, economic and cultural implications of royal and princely inventories and to use visual evidence in interpreting them.
Besides catalogues of manuscripts in the British Library, and in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, and many articles on manuscript subjects published in England and in France, she has contributed chapters to The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain (1999), and to The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland (2006). Among her other books is The Bedford Inventories: the Worldly Goods of John, Duke of Bedford, Regent of France (1389–1435) (London, 1993). In advance of her forthcoming book about Richard II's treasure, she has published a number of articles. Among them are ‘Gold and Diplomacy: England and France in the reign of Richard II', in England and the Continent , ed. J. Mitchell (Stamford, 2000), ‘Richard II's treasure and the forfeitures of 1397', in People, Places and Perspectives. Essays ...in honour of Ralph A. Griffiths , ed. K. Dockray and P. Fleming (Stroud, 2005). A foretaste of the scope of the recently rediscovered Richard II inventory is available as a website through the IHR.
Teaching and supervision
She currently teaches palaeography and manuscript studies to MA and Ph.D students of the university.