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I am a specialist of late medieval and early modern English and Dutch literature, with an emphasis on the relations between speakers of English and of Dutch, and particular interests in the history of migration, historical writing, book history, and the codicology of both the manuscript and the printed book. I am Senior Research Associate of the Leverhulme Trust-funded research project The Literary Heritage of Anglo-Dutch Relations, c.1050c.1600, and collaborator in the National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported North Sea Crossings educational outreach project. I studied Dutch and English Medieval Studies in Amsterdam, Berkeley and Oxford, received my PhD in Combined Historical Studies from the Warburg Institute (2010), and in 2012 was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society. I was shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society Gladstone Prize, and awarded the Society for Renaissance Studies Book Prize 2012 for my book Jan van Naaldwijk’s Chronicles of Holland: Continuity and Transformation in the Historical Tradition of Holland during the Early Sixteenth Century, a study of the late medieval historical traditions of Holland and their continuations in the early modern period. I taught at the Universities of Exeter and Sussex, and Bilkent University, and was a research fellow on The Poly-Olbion Project (poly-olbion.exeter.ac.uk), where I studied John Selden’s prose commentary to Michael Drayton’s seventeenth-century chorographical poem about Britain, Poly-Olbion, in relation to Selden’s annotations in his own books, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

 

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