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Leverhulme Trust grant success

Posted on 7 July 2016

Dr Sethina Watson to explore the record making of Archbishop Walter de Gray (1215-55)

Dr Sethina Watson, Senior Lecturer in History, has secured more than £150,000 from the Leverhulme Trust for a two-year project set to begin this October.

Entitled 'The register of Archbishop Walter de Gray (1215-55): religion and record-making after the Fourth Lateran Council', the project will study one of England’s greatest administrators and make available, for the first time, a full critical edition of his register. Walter de Gray, Archbishop of York, was at the forefront of two pivotal movements of his era: the birth of institutional record-keeping and the European-wide mission to transform the Church.

Working with a researcher, Dr Watson (as PI) will explore de Gray's government across the North, his wider record-making and reforms, as well as his role in the development of a new form of record (the bishop's register). The product will be an edition and study, as well as a follow-on article.