A Clash of Histories: Identity, Imperialism and Imagination in the Political Writing of Later High Medieval Britain and Ireland.

Project Details


My research will examine the significance of pseudo-historical narratives and what they reveal about political rhetoric within the late medieval British Isles, analysing how political actors in the kingdoms and principalities of the region utilised pseudo-historical narratives and their attendant tropes and characters to legitimise their political ambitions. My study will examine rhetorical practices by offering a new approach – I will compare the phenomenon across the six languages (Old French, Middle English, Latin, Scots, Classical Gaelic and Middle Welsh) and four national groups (English, Irish, Scots and Welsh). Examining usage within a variety of elite political actors (royalty, border lords and rebel leaders). Further focusing on the cross-cultural relationships through which pseudo-historical narratives were spread, the wider importance of these works in the wider literary culture of the period and the importance of the works in nation building propaganda.
Effective start/end date1/10/2330/09/27

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • England
  • Wales
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Thirteenth Century
  • Fourteenth Century
  • Fifteenth Century
  • Violence
  • identities
  • Pseudohistory
  • literature
  • Welsh
  • Irish
  • Scots
  • Latin
  • Old French
  • Anglo Norman
  • Middle English
  • Chronicles
  • Poetry
  • Propaganda
  • Nationalism
  • Politics
  • Medieval
  • Lindy Brady
  • Alisdair Dobie
  • Rhetoric
  • Literary culture
  • Cross cultural exchange
  • Long fourteenth century
  • Monarchy
  • Nobility
  • Rebellion
  • Power
  • Arthuriana
  • Celtic
  • Myth


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