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Prof Sarah Peverley BA, PhD, FRHistS

Professor of English Literature English

Research

Historical Writing and Political Discourse

With specific interests in Medieval Chronicles, Advice to Princes literature, Political Writing, and Genealogies.

Research themes: Uses of the Past, Kingship, Inheritance and Legitimacy, Origin Myths, Anglo-Scottish Relations, and Medieval Political Thought.

Fifteenth-Century Literature and Medieval Drama

With specific interests in Manuscripts and Early Book Culture, Medieval Scribes, Medieval Mystery and Morality Plays, Chronicles, Arthurian Literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Lydgate, John Hardyng, Thomas Malory, John Rous, and the relationship between literature and art.

Research themes: Chivalry, Sovereignty, Spectatorship, Fortune, Political Consciousness.

Mermaids

With specific interests in the cultural development of the mermaid across time, medieval mermaids, mermaids of the British Isles, literature, folklore, and art. This research is funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Research Grants

Mermaids of the British Isles: A Cultural History, c. 450-c. 1500

LEVERHULME TRUST (UK)

October 2016 - April 2018

John Hardyng's Chronicle: An Edition of the Second Version

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

February 2011 - March 2013

Research Collaborations

Professor James Simpson

Project: The Chronicle of John Hardyng (edition)
External: Harvard University, Boston, MA

Collaborative edition of the first version of John Hardyng's Middle English verse Chronicle.

AHRC and BBC

Project: AHRC-BBC New Generation Thinkers
External

Production of several BBC Radio 3 programmes and a BBC Arts film.

Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Project: Agincourt 1415-2015
Internal

Public Event to commemorate the 600th Anniversary of Agincourt.

Medieval Chronicle Society

Project: 7th International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle
External

Organisation and hosting of The 7th International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle.

The National Trust

Project: The Interlude of Youth
External

Collaborative project involving Liverpool researchers staging a production of The Interlude of Youth at Rufford Old Hall. The results of the project fed into Liverpool postgraduate work.

The British Library

Project: Multispectral Imaging Project
External

Multispectral Imaging of two manuscripts held at The British Library

The Open University

Project: Net Generation Survey
External: UK Economic and Social Research Council

Coordination of Liverpool strand of the Net Generation Survey.

Janet Strivens

Project: English as a Discipline
Internal

Liverpool Centre for Life Long Learning Study.