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Emma Vosper

PhD Student, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I studied History at the University of Leicester (2010-13), before receiving a fully-funded Postgraduate Research Scholarship with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age (CSVA) to complete a Masters degree in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies at the University of Nottingham (2013-14). I received AHRC Midlands3Cities funding to begin my PhD at the University of Nottingham in September 2014.

Teaching Summary

I was a seminar tutor for the University of Nottingham first-year module 'Introduction to the Medieval World 500-1500' from September 2015 - July 2016.

I also taught seminar classes for the University of Leicester first-year module 'Monarchy and Society, AD 800-1300' from January 2015 - July 2015.

Research Summary

My research centres on Bede (d. 735) and Theodore of Tarsus-archbishop of Canterbury from 668 to his death in 690-focusing particularly closely on the biblical commentaries from the Canterbury School… read more

Current Research

My research centres on Bede (d. 735) and Theodore of Tarsus-archbishop of Canterbury from 668 to his death in 690-focusing particularly closely on the biblical commentaries from the Canterbury School edited by Bischoff and Lapidge in 1994. My work examines Bede's portrayal of Theodore and the scholarly interactions, or lack thereof, that existed between Wearmouth-Jarrow and Canterbury in the seventh and eighth centuries. The foremost development in Bede Studies in the last 20 years has been the recognition that Bede's later works set out a wide-ranging reform agenda. In his Ecclesiastical History, Bede describes a series of initiatives undertaken by Theodore in the late seventh century to address structural and factional problems prevalent in the nascent English Church. The main objective of my thesis is to contextualise Bede's 'reforming impulse' by viewing it in light of Theodore's actions. This will facilitate new understandings of Theodore's archiepiscopate, Bede's career, and the relationship between these two prominent figures.

Department of History

University of Nottingham
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