Holly Dempster-Edwards

Postgraduate Research Student


Thesis Title

Gender, Race, Emotions and Text-Image Relations in Fifteenth-Century Burgundian Prose Epics and Chronicles


In 2019, I graduated with a First-Class BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from St Hilda's College at the University of Oxford, before spending a year teaching these languages at an international boarding school. 

I then undertook an MA Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, graduating with a Distinction. Under the supervision of Professor Rosalind Brown-Grant, I wrote a dissertation entitled 'Emotions and Gender in Berte as grans piés and L’Histoire de la Reine Berthe et du Roy Pepin’.

I arrived at Liverpool in October 2021, and am carrying out a PhD in French under the supervision of Dr Rebecca Dixon and Dr Pollie Bromilow.

Research Interests

My current research is in the field of the History of Emotions, in particular in the later prose texts produced at the court of Philip the Good of Burgundy (r. 1419-1467). These are versions of verse texts from earlier centuries, reworked for a fifteenth-century Burgundian audience, which often took the form of lavishly illuminated manuscripts, so my research also focuses on text/image relations. I am interested in French epics and chronicles from across the Middle Ages, especially texts that deal with the themes of crusading, cross-cultural relations, and the identity categories of gender, race and religion. 

Research Funding

My PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP).