Claire Harrill

Department of English Literature
Doctoral researcher

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Phd title: Politics and sainthood: the representation of St Margaret of Scotland in medieval England and Scotland
Supervisors: Dr Emily Wingfield
PhD English Literature


My thesis concerns the representation of St. Margaret in medieval English and Older Scots literature. It will ascertain what 'work' representations of Margaret do on both sides of the Border, investigating how and why Margaret’s representation changes both chronologically and geographically, and will explore the varying ways in which she was used for social and political commentary. Through the study of literature about Margaret, and the books and literate practices of Margaret herself, my thesis will provide a new insight into a woman whose role both as historical queen and literary icon has been essential to the development of Scottish cultural and literary identity.