My early research focused on historical writing in the Middle Ages. For my doctoral thesis, which was completed at King’s College London, I prepared a new edition of the manuscript compiled and composed by the London alderman Arnold fitz Thedmar (1201-74). Arnold’s book is most famous for its ‘Chronicle of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London’, the first secular, civic chronicle written in the British Isles. Thanks to a doctoral funding grant from King’s College and the award of a Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London, I was able to prepare the first scholarly edition of Arnold’s book, shed new light on this unique manuscript, and explore how writers in European cities constructed civic identities and wrote municipal history in the years 1100-1300, the period of the greatest urbanization in Europe since the time of Rome. I am now preparing an edition of my thesis for publication with the Oxford Medieval Texts series.
I am also currently writing a book on the history of the Worshipful Company of Masons, one of London’s oldest livery companies, ranked thirtieth in order of precedence. This research project into the history of the Company, and of the masons themselves, entails study of a great variety of source material, from medieval, early modern and modern written texts and records, to examination of the visible legacy of London’s masons in the City’s built environment.
My research is regularly published in peer-reviewed academic titles, magazines and online.