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Continental influence on English coinage, 1154-1216 (CHURCHHIS20CHASE)


Project Description

In collaboration with the British Museum, UEA seeks a suitably qualified person to undertake research in the coinage of late twelfth-century England and the Continent.

Although the study of coinage has been integrated with some success into mainstream Anglo-Saxon and early Norman history, there has been no sustained attempt to integrate the twelfth-century coinage into the historical narrative.

This studentship aims to address that lacuna by examining the evidence of the coinage and historical texts in parallel. Using new historical thinking, and a novel interdisciplinary approach which incorporates numismatic evidence in a way not yet done, the project seeks to challenge the accepted orthodoxy concerning the changes to the coinage in this period. The coinage in the reigns of Henry II, Richard I, and John (1154-1216) are seen very much in the context of English monetary developments, adding to the view that England was exceptional in the context of wider European developments. English-educated scholars are raised in an environment to see England as exceptional to the continental experience.

The purpose of this project is to challenge authoritatively this that assumption and to place the development of English coinage in its wider setting. The project seeks to contribute to the wider question of whether or not the lands of the Angevins constituted an ’Empire’. The successful candidate, therefore, will need to be able to access secondary literature in French as well as English.

Please note that there is a parallel project on the coinage of the early twelfth century and candidates for this post should also consider applying for that one.

For further information, please contact Prof Stephen Church () or Dr Gareth Williams ().

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here: https://people.uea.ac.uk/s_church

This is a PhD programme.

The start date of the project is 1 October 2020.

The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 3 years. Please note, 3-year studentships have a (non-funded) 1-year ‘registration only’ period.

Entry requirements:

Acceptable first degree in history or archaeology (with focus on Middle Ages), with a willingness to undertake training in numismatics and/or Latin as required.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1. A Masters degree is required.

Funding Notes

This studentship project has been selected for funding by the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (www.chase.ac.uk). Eligible candidates will be considered for an AHRC PhD studentship. Usually, UK and EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award, which pays tuition fees and research/development costs as well as a stipend. The stipend will be paid at a minimum of standard UKRI rates.

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