Brittany Hanlon, Jesus

Degree: PhD
Course: ASNC
Supervisor: Dr Rory Naismith

Biographical Information

I am a third-year PhD candidate in the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic department, researching the contrasts and similarities between late Anglo-Saxon lawsuits and legal texts. I obtained my undergraduate degree in History in 2017 at the University of Sheffield. I followed this with an MPhil at Newnham College, Cambridge, focusing on the presence of Carolingian influence in King Alfred the Great's Law Code. My PhD examines the settlement of late Anglo-Saxon disputes and the realities of law enforcement from the centre to the localities. 

Having previously served as the Co-President for the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, I now act as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the affiliated journal, Quaestio Insularis: Selected Proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Research Interests

Early Medieval law and government; ritual and ceremony; Anglo-Saxon documentary culture; charters; coinage; the transmission of ideas; continental influence on Anglo-Saxon scholarship and legal culture. 

Areas of Supervision

Part I Paper 1: English before the Norman Conquest

Part I Paper 5: Old English Language and Literature

Part II Paper 1: The Anglo-Saxon Chancery 

Part II Paper 4: Law and Lawlessness

Selected Publications

'Of Reaflac and Rapina; The Role of Accusations of Violence in Tenth-Century English Lawsuit Narrative Strategies and the Libellus Æthelwoldi', Early Medieval Europe (Forthcoming). 

'"You've Got a Friend in Me"; Chirographs, Transfers of Wealth and Demonstrative 'Freondscipe' in Early English Lawsuits', Quaestio Insularis 22 (Forthcoming).