Gregory of Tours: A World Torn Between Two Fears
Supervisor: Professor Guy Halsall
The history of Merovingian Gaul, Gregory of Tours and emotion are the three primary focuses of Catherine's research. Her doctoral thesis, funded by the AHRC White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, is uncovering how Gregory of Tours comprehended fear using his collective works. Precisely how Gregory understood fear, how and why he used it in his writings and how his comprehension is similar and different from the perceptions of his late antique peers, are questions of especial interest to Catherine. Alongside fear and Gregory of Tours, Catherine is further interested in the variety of methodologies which humanities scholars create and use to engage with past emotions. She has recently completed a month-long project with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions 1100-1800 at the University of Western Australia (June 2018).
Catherine's other major project is a Latin-English translation of one of Gregory's works: The Miracles of the Blessed Apostle Andrew, which she hopes to publish in the near future. She has studied and has wider research interests in; the use of space in the churches of the late antique west, power and rulership in the Merovingian world, letter writing in late Imperial Rome, early medieval western science – theory and practice – and the philosophy of History.
She would welcome any enquiries relating to research on any of the above.