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AB (Harvard-Radcliffe College), MA, PhD (Cantab)
Mary Garrison is an early medieval historian in the Department of History.
Mary Garrison's research interests range across the literary and cultural history of early Medieval Europe, with Alcuin of York often at the centre. Her publications include innovative articles on Alcuin, Carolingian court culture, letters, literacy, and communication, early medieval ideology, the contribution of Insular scholars to Carolingian Europe, Medieval Latin literature (epistolography, poetry, rhetoric, liturgy, consolation literature and the reception of the classics) and manuscript studies. The rhetoric of frank speech (parrhesia) is a current focus. Before coming to York she worked for three years at the University of Utrecht. Forthcoming publications include Alcuin's World through his Letters and Verse (Cambridge) and a co-edited volume on Latin and the Vernaculars in the Early Medieval West.
Her PhD students (including interdisciplinary doctorates co-supervised through the CMS) have worked on:
She welcomes enquires from students interested in any aspect of early medieval insular or continental cultural history and is always eager to encourage those interested in Medieval Latin
Mary Garrison also has a strong commitment to communicating the excitement of early medieval cultural history to a broader audience.