Dr Lucy Hennings

England in Europe during the Reign of Henry III, 1216-1272

Lucy is a fourth year DPhil student at the University of Oxford, where she also completed her BA and MSt in Medieval History. Her thesis, ‘England in Europe in the Reign of Henry III, 1216-1272’ has previously been funded by the AHRC, and is conducted under the primary supervision of Professor John Watts and Dr Katarina Stulrajterova.

Her thesis focuses on continental influences on political culture in the reign of Henry III, in particular the role played by the civil and canon laws and the ars dictaminis in shaping political language in the period 1230-1250. In order to provide a fully textured analysis of the culture of governance in England at this time, Lucy’s research attempts to bring together three different methods of looking at administration; a prosopographical study of the role played by an international clerical elite, analysis of the circulation and use of legal and dictaminal manuscripts, and a close textual analysis of the language of royal letters during the period of personal rule. Using this integrative approach, Lucy hopes to reconcile narratives of political and intellectual history and provide a glimpse at ways different cultural forces could shape and be shaped by practices and ideas of governance in 13th-century England.

In addition to her main doctoral work, Lucy is interested in exploring other aspects of political language in late medieval England, and has worked on a side project on ideas of ethnicity and identity in 13th-century politics.


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