I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, having started in 2019.
The working title of my thesis is: 'England, Ecgberht, and Excpetional Fortunes: The Legitimation of Power and Authority Between the Ninth and Eleventh Centuries'.
Over the course of three centuries, the English peoples experienced fundamental changes to not only their lives, their kings, nor their kingdoms, but to their fundamental understanding of nationhood. The kings of the West Saxons became the kings of the Anglo-Saxons and later the kings of the English, as they expanded their dominion over more-or-less all of modern-day England. What is even more astounding is that the fourteen consecutive kings over this period were of the same family, starting in 802 with the accession of Ecgberht. My thesis seeks to explore the developments in legitimation and successional practices during this period of kingdom expansion and formation, military upheaval and supposed dynastic security.
I completed a Masters degree in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield in 2017, focusing on medieval history and successional politics. My MA thesis, entitled 'Dynasty and Supremacy', compared the legitimation of succession within the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex over the course of the eighth and ninth centuries. Between finishing the Masters and beginning my doctoral training, I worked within the heritage industry for Historic Royal Palaces.