HudsonProfessor John Hudson,
School of History, University of St Andrews

John Hudson joined the School of History at the beginning of October 1988. His research then concentrated on law and land-holding in twelfth-century England, and this subject has remained central to much of his subsequent work, leading up to his recent volume of The Oxford History of the Laws of England, 871-1216 (2012).  Some of his legal history work plays with the applicability to mediaeval situations of ideas from modern legal theory; this work is furthered by his visiting association with the University of Michigan Law School, where he enjoys the title of William W. Cook Global Law Professor.

John has two other main areas of research interest.  One is mediaeval historical writing, mostly in England – as in his two-volume edition of the History of the Church of Abingdon, an important twelfth-century monastic text – but also more widely, as in his contribution on ‘Local Histories’ in the Oxford History of Historical Writing.  The other is nineteenth-century writing on the Middle Ages, and in particular the work of the greatest of legal historians, F. W. Maitland. With Professor Lorna Hutson, he co-founded CMEMLL.

lorna_hutson_316pxProfessor Lorna HutsonMerton College, University of Oxford

Lorna Hutson did her MA and DPhil at Somerville College, Oxford, and after a research fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, taught at Queen Mary, London, Hull, and the University of California at Berkeley before moving to St Andrews. She has held fellowships from the Folger, the Huntington Library, the Guggenheim, the AHRC, and the Leverhulme Trust.

Lorna’s interests are in the relationship between literary form and the formal aspects of non-literary culture. Latterly she has shown how questions of proof and evidence shaped English Renaissance drama. Recent and forthcoming work includes the editing of Ben Jonson’s Discoveries (1641) for the Cambridge Complete Works of Ben Jonson (2012), The Invention of Suspicion (2007), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature in 2008 and Circumstantial Shakespeare (2015) based on the Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures, 2012. She is currently working on a Leverhulme funded project on 16th century Anglo-Scottish literary relations and editing, with Bradin Cormack, the Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700. With Professor John Hudson she co-founded CMEMLL.

holmes-rachel-e-profile-photoDr Rachel E. Holmes, CRASSH, Faculty of English, and Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Rachel E. Holmes obtained her MA, MLitt, and PhD from the University of St Andrews and moved to Cambridge to take up the post of Research Associate on the ERC-funded project Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: The Place of Literature.

Rachel works transnationally on early modern European law and literature, with a particular focus on contractual faith and the difficult status of proof in sexual matters. She is currently revising for publication a monograph on clandestine contracts in early modern European law and literature, which argues that the popularity of the clandestine marriage plot in literature corresponds closely to developments and emerging conflicts in matrimonial and contract law. Her postdoctoral work explores the keen social interest in early modern Europe in the high stakes of defining and distinguishing rape from other kinds of sexual contracts. Rachel worked as the Assistant to the Directors of CMEMLL from its inception in 2011 until moving to Cambridge in 2015 when she became a co-organiser.


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