Agincourt and the Literary Imagination of Late Medieval England (in progress)
The Battle of Agincourt was the most decisive and well-known conflicts of the Hundred Year’s War, but it is also one of the most understudied. My book analyzes the rich tradition of poetry and songs that endeavor to describe, retell, and represent the battle and focuses on two previously-unedited Middle English poems. Agincourt and the Literary Imagination approaches these works through their textual histories and manuscript production and positions the poems as participating in an aesthetics of trauma that disrupts the laudatory Lancastrian narrative that the supporters of Henry V work so hard to construct. Most studies of the Battle of Agincourt’s literary history begin with Shakespeare’s Henry V; in contrast, this project repositions the literature written in the years following the battle as central for understanding England’s complex political landscape during the 15th century.
Ductus in the Digital Age: Medieval Usability and User-center Design (in progress)
This project considers medieval book production in tandem with the emerging field of human-centered design, a philosophy that anticipates its users through every stage of the design process. Ductus in the Digital Age seeks to expand, stretch, and challenge the modern construction of user-centered design and borrows the concept of ductus from medieval rhetoric and paleography to ask new questions about medieval manuscripts and emerging technologies alike.
The Boundless Book: A Conversation Between the Pre-modern and Posthuman (Digital Humanities Quarterly 7.1, 2013)
Digital humanities and medieval studies share a long history, beginning with one of the first large-scale digital humanities projects, which was carried by Father Roberto Busa using IBM’s Literary Data Processing Center. Why then, do many scholars of historically-minded fields consider digital humanities to be a “helping discipline” instead of a full-fledged area of study in itself? Beginning with the above question, this paper explores the ways in which scholars need not use the digital humanities to update historical disciplines or vice versa. By examining the pre- and post-print histories of the book, and interrogating the ways in which reading technologies and interfaces link the past and future of the book together, the past and present histories of reading coalesce and offer scholars novel ways of approaching many different disciplines that engage with the digital humanities.
The Westminster Tournament Challenge and Thomas Wriothesley’s Workshop (The Electronic British Library Journal, 2011)
On the twelfth and thirteenth of February, 1511 Henry VIII held a tournament to celebrate the birth of his first son, Prince Arthur. The British Library’s Harley Collection contains the formal Challenge (Harley 83 H 1) from the subsequent tournament celebrating Arthur’s birth, and puts forth the rules of the Tournament in the form of a charter, and outlines the allegorical structure of the Burgundian-style Tournament.
The present article focuses on the Westminster Tournament Challenge and suggests that the Challenge was created by Wriothesley’s workshop and, in part, written by Wriothesley himself. It compares decorations in the Challenge to those found in the Tournament Roll and also examines extant examples of Wriothesley’s script to the hand that wrote the Challenge, and comments on the hand’s distinctive features. Further, this article shows the Challenge was displayed and used during the tournament itself, making Harley 83 H 1 an important extant record of the ways in which challenges were used in the Tudor period.