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Name: Esther Lewis

PhD: Medieval History

Thesis Title: Popular Piety in Pre-Reformation Bristol, 1400-1500. 

 

Thesis Description:

My research focuses on popular piety in the city of Bristol during the fifteenth century. It will investigate the relationship between topography, neighbourhood, parish and piety, employing ideas about networks in this analysis. This work aims to study all of the 18 parishes that comprised the town, positioning itself at the juncture of social and institutional history.  It will consider economic, social and spatial aspects that may have contributed to the pieties of Bristolians.  It will also consider orthodoxy and heterodoxy as two ends of a spectrum of belief which people moved between. This work has three broad research questions. First, what is the relationship between neighbourhood and piety? Second, what influences on popular piety in fifteenth-century Bristol can be identified. Third, to what extend did religious choice shape the pious life of the town. 

 

 

Supervisors and Institution(s):

Dr Rob Lutton, Univeristy of Nottingham

Dr Richard Goddard, University of Nottingham

 

Previous Education:

History BA (Hons), First Class - University of Nottingham

History MA, Distinction - University of Nottingham

 

Scholarly/Public Engagement

2017-2018

  • 4/7/2018, 'Bristolian Burgesses: Urban Piety in Fifteenth-Century Testamentary Evidence', Leeds International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds. 
  • 25/6/2018, Organiser of Negotiating Networks: New Research on networks in social and economic history, Institute of Historical Research, London. Blog post here.
  • 24/5/2018, Research Relay, Midlands 3 Cities Research Festival, Birmingham
  • 16/5/2018, 'Pious preference in the wills of late medieval Bristolians', Medieval Postgraduate Research Seminar, University of Nottingham. 
  • 4/5/2018, 'The Parish, Suburb and City: A Discussion of Boundaries in the Pious Lives of Fifteenth-Century Bristolians’, Medieval Midlands Postgraduate Conference 2018, University of Nottingham
  • 11/4/2018, 'Resistance, self-defense or sticking up for your friends?: a discussion of purgation in fifteenth-century lollardy trials', Heretical Self Defense, University of Nottingham
  • 11/10/2017, 'Mainstream piety and dissent in a fifteenth-century Bristolian parish: the case of St Thomas the Martyr', History Research Seminars, University of Nottingham.

 

2016-2017

Teaching

2017-2018

  • Introduction to the Medieval World

Publications

 

Professional Associations

  • The Bristol Record Society 
  • Associate Member of the Regional History Centre, UWE.
  • Social History Society

 


Email address: Esther.Lewis@nottingham.ac.uk

Twitter: @EL_1434

 

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