18th Century Research Assistant
As 18th Century Research Assistant I work with Lucy Peltz toward the completion of her academic study on the history of extra-illustration and portrait-print collecting in the long eighteenth century.
I studied English and History at Bethany College in West Virginia before coming to the UK as an MPhil student in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. I have recently submitted my PhD thesis, 'A Saxon State: Anglo-Saxonism and the English Nation, 1703-1805' at the University of St Andrews, where I carried out research on 18th Century Anglo-Saxonism as a Provost's Interdisciplinary Research Scholar and Humane Studies Fellow.
My research focuses on medievalism as an element in early modern English and eighteenth-century British cultural history. I am particularly interested in English interpretations of the Anglo-Saxon period in literature, visual art and political writing; and in the discovery, interpretation and dissemination of Anglo-Saxon artefacts and manuscripts by eighteenth-century antiquaries. I am currently working on studies of the Anglo-Saxonist legal historiography of Sir John Fortescue-Aland (1670-1746) and the works of the antiquary Samuel Pegge (1704-1796), and have recently completed an article on eighteenth-century dramatic representations of Alfred the Great as an exemplar of political virtue.
"Alfred: A Masque and Saxonist Patriotism in Britain, 1740-1785', in Rule Britannia? Britain and Britishness, 1707-1901, forthcoming, 2014
'The Cup of "Dom": The Identity of a Small Figure on the Franks Casket', Marginalia 11 (2010), 50-56