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Biography

1979-82: BA, Modern History, Oxford University (Open Scholar, Christ Church, Oxford).

1982-83: PGCE (History), Oxford University.

1983-89: History teacher, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby, Warwickshire.

1989-2012: Head of History, Rugby High School for Girls, Warwickshire.

2013-17: freelance historical, linguistic and landscape research; tour guide (Rugby School).

2017-20: MA, Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies, University of Nottingham (School of English).

Since 2020: PhD research, University of Nottingham (School of English).

Research Summary

My current PhD research explores the presence of Latin loan-words in English place-names, in order to study the process, extent and chronology of language contact between Old English and Latin. The… read more

Current Research

My current PhD research explores the presence of Latin loan-words in English place-names, in order to study the process, extent and chronology of language contact between Old English and Latin. The principal loan-word to be studied is OE wīc, a loan-word from Latin vīcus. A range of other loan-words may also be covered. My PhD title is:

'Latin loan-words in English place-names: a study of their linguistic and chronological contexts, with special reference to Latin vīcus and Old English wīc'.

Past Research

1. Local history research (unpublished) conducted in various areas of England since 1970.

2. Rugby at War, 1914-1918 (published articles, Rugby Advertiser, 2014).

3. Boudicca's last battlefield: unpublished research, 2014-2020. My research includes a new translation of the description of the battle (c. AD 61) from the Latin text of the Annals of Tacitus, combined with a study of Roman tactics in battlefield selection and a study of actual or potentially Roman military archaeology in strategic locations.

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