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Amy Jeffs

Research Interests

Provisional thesis title:

Picture books and Paideia: BL Egerton MS 3028 and its Context, 1240-1340

My research focusses on an English illustrated manuscript of histories and romance from 1338-40 (BL Egerton 3028). The project has led me to explore the role of images in chivalric pedagogies and the political function of history, especially the deep myth of Britain. It is AHRC-funded and my supervisor is Prof Paul Binski.

The Digital Pilgrim Project 

Alongside my PhD I co-convened the Digital Pilgrim Project, a Cambridge University project supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and partially based at the British Museum. It has created resources to aid engagement with and study of medieval badges and pilgrim souvenirs using 3D modelling and GIS mapping software. The project has fostered my interest into the emblematic language of medieval Christendom.

Our scans can be viewed here.  

Between July 2017 and February 2018 I worked at the British Library with the Polonsky Foundation digitisation and outreach project, 'England and France, 700-1200: manuscripts from the British Library and Bibliothèque nationale de France.' My research for this role focused on historical illustration and depictions of Thomas Becket's martyrdom. 

Key Publications

‘Techniques of 3D Modeling in Art Historical Research’, in The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History, edited by Kathryn Brown (New York: Routledge, forthcoming)

With Dr Gabriel Byng, ‘Pilgrim Souvenirs’, in A Companion to Medieval Pilgrimage, edited by Andrew Jotischky and William Purkis (Kalamazoo: Arc Humanities Press, forthcoming)

‘Illustrated Histories’, in the British Library Web-space England and France, 700-1200 (forthcoming)

‘Illustrating Thomas Becket’s Martyrdom’, in the British Library Web-space England and France, 700-1200 (forthcoming)

Medieval Illumination: Manuscript Art in England and France, 700-1200, edited by Kathleen Doyle and Charlotte Denoël (British Library, 2018) 

A Rough Guide to Making a Manuscript’, in the British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts Blog (2017)

'The Digital Pilgrim Project: 3D Modeling and GIS Mapping Medieval Badges at the British Museum'. Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture, 6 (2) (2017), pp. 80-90

'Disciplining the Digital: Virtual 3D Reproduction, Pilgrim Badges and the Stuff of Art History' in, British Art Studies, Issue 6 (2017) 

'One Object: Pilgrim Souvenir, Hood of Cherries' in, British Art Studies, Issue 6 (2017)

'One Object: Pilgrim Souvenir, Ampulla of Thomas Becket, in, British Art Studies, Issue 6 (2017) 

'Review: Edward II: His Last Months and his Monument', in, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, Vol. 169 (2016), pp.146-147