Mr. Grant Jones
Portrayals, Perception, and Performance of Elite Lay Masculinity in Thirteenth Century England
|Portrayals, Perception, and Performance of Elite Lay Masculinity in Thirteenth Century England in the Department of History|
After several years out of education, I began my studies at Durham University’s Foundation Centre in 2015, and went on to complete my BA and MA at Durham. My MA dissertation explored how religious chroniclers portrayed the masculinity of rebels against Henry III in the 1230s and 1260s, and provided the inspiration for my current PhD Research, which is funded by a Wolfson Foundation Doctoral Studentship.
2020 - Wolfson Doctoral Studentship in the Humanities
My research focuses on secular aristocratic masculinity in thirteenth-century England, particularly its record and importance within contemporary society. It explores how masculinity was constructed in religious and literary texts, how knightly masculine ideals transcended these texts, and whether status (e.g. Royal or Crusader) provoked different expectations.
I am particularly interested in how the demands for political reform which dominated much of the thirteenth century in England became such fertile grounds for display of secular masculine virtue and honour, not least within the period’s extensive chronicle sources.
- Reign of Henry III in England (1216-1272)
- Monastic History-Writing and Art
- Concepts of Reform, Rebellion and Kingship, c.1100-1300
- Thirteenth Century Anglo-Welsh Relations