My thesis explores the ways in which late medieval society used animals to think about sexuality and human identity. I focus on a number of key issues such as the role of animals in the formation of concepts of 'natural' and 'unnatural' sexual behaviour, theories of inter-species hybridisation, and the legal and social status of bestiality. In order to address these questions, I examine a variety of legal, theological and literary sources.
I completed a BA in History and an MA in Medieval History in the University of York's History Department, before joining the CMS to begin a PhD in Medieval Studies. My research interests include animal studies, history of sexuality, Middle English romance, Scholasticism, and bestiaries. I also run the Critical Theory for Medievalists postgraduate reading group.