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Daniel Fraser Armstrong


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I graduated from Downing College, Cambridge, in 2017 with a Double First BA Hons. in History. During my time at Downing I was the President of the Maitland History Society (2016-17), and I was the recipient of two essay prizes: the J.C. Holt Undergraduate Essay Prize (2015) and the R.J. White Essay Prize (2017). After graduating from Cambridge, I moved to the University of East Anglia, where I was awarded an AHRC Studentship to fully-fund my MA in Medieval History, graduating with a Distinction in 2018. I am now a PhD student at St Andrews, under the supervision of Professor John Hudson, funded by the European Research Council as part of the project: ‘Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence, and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries.’

The title of my thesis is ‘Anglo-Papal Relations, c.1070-c.1140’ and it aims to re-assess the relationship between the Anglo-Norman kings, bishops, and the papacy. In doing so my PhD will seek to address the remarkably uneven historiographical coverage of Anglo-Papal relations. A misleading narrative of conflict has been accepted as the norm, with the historiography primarily focussing upon the 'crises archbishops' of Anselm, Beckett, and Langton. My thesis will attempt to correct this imbalance, whilst placing the Anglo-Norman Church and kingdom within its wider European context, seeking to show the centrality of the often ignored 'periphery' for the papacy.

I am a Tutor on the Module ME 2003 (Medieval Europe: 1000-1400).

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