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About Dr David Harry

My research interests lie in the religious, political and cultural history of early modern England, with particular reference to London c.1381-1550. My first monograph, Constructing a Civic Community in Late Medieval London: the Common Profit, Charity and Commemoration will be published by Boydell in 2019. The Urban Church in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Clive Burgess, co-edited with Christian Steer, will be published by Shaun Tyas also in 2019. I am also preparing, with Dr Steer, an edition of the churchwardens accounts of St Nicholas Shambles (Newgate) for the London Record Society.

My first monograph, Constructing a Civic Community in Late Medieval London explores the legitimation strategies of the city's aldermanic class and the ways in which they exercised control and claim authority over the secular and spiritual welfare of the citizenry. My work examines a range of sources, including manuscript and printed books, administrative records, accounts of civic ritual and epitaphs. I have also published on the church in London, the macabre, the early printed book, monumental brasses and the devotional lives of the pre-Reformation English clergy. I have recently been involved in the Paul Mellon funded project 'Saints Shrines as Tangible Art: A Digital Baromter' in collaboration with the University of Lancaster.

Before joining the Department of History and Archaeology full-time in September 2017, I undertook teaching and research positions at the Universities of the West of England, Bristol, Kent and Chester. Between 2013 and 2018 I was secretary of the Harlaxton Medieval Symposium (harlaxton.org.uk).

I would be happy to supervise PhD students on any aspect of religious and cultural life in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century London and, more broadly, students interested in the records of the city of London, early print and the early English Reformation.

Teaching

Modules I currently teach at Chester include:

 

HI4118: Martyrs, Missionaries and Mystics: The European Reformations, c.1450-c.1650

HI5123: Approaches to the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe

HI6143: Heresy and Unbelief in an Age of Reform, 1400-1600

HI6144: Historical Sources: Heresy and Unbelief

 

I also teach on the following team-taught modules:

HI4114: Turning Points in History 1000-2000

HI5105: Research Methods, Practices and Skills

HI5117: Journeys in the Past

HI6100: Dissertation

Research

My research interests lie in the religious, political and cultural history of early modern England, with particular reference to London c.1381-1550.

Published Work

Forthcoming publications

David Harry, Constructing a Civic Community in Late Medieval London: the Common Profit, Charity and Commemoration (Boydell, 2019)

David Harry and Christian Steer (eds), The Urban Church in Late Medeival England: Essays in Honour of Clive Burgess (Shaun Tyas, 2019)

David Harry, Christian Steer and Helen Combes, The Church Records of St Nicholas Shambles, 1451-1549 (TBC)

David Harry, 'Commemoration and Collaboration in Pre-Reformation London: The Monument and Epitaph of Dean John Colet (d.1519)' (TBC)

 

Publications

David Harry, ‘Martyrdom and Marriage: The Death of John Fisher Reconsidered’, in Sue Powell (ed.), Saints in the Middle Ages (Shaun Tyas, 2017), pp. 124-39.

David Harry, 'A Cadaver in Context: The Brass of John Brigge Reconsidered’, Transactions of the Monumental Brass Society 19 (2015), 101-10.

David Harry, 'Caxton and Commemorative Culture in Fifteenth-Century England’, in Linda Clark (ed), Exploring the Evidence: Commemoration, Administration and the Economy (Boydell, 2014), pp. 63-80.

David Harry, ‘Learning to Die in Yorkist England: Earl Rivers’ Cordial’, in Hannes Kleineke and Christian Steer (eds), The Yorkist Age (Shaun Tyas, 2013), pp. 380-98.

Qualifications

BA (UEA), MA, PhD (Bristol)