Dr Lucinda H S Dean (Lucy)

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Lecturer in History (Late Medieval and Early Modern Scotland and Europe)

Dr Lucy Dean

I joined the Centre for History in 2016 having taught at the universities of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh previously, as well as teaching a long distance Scottish History module for the Open University. I completed my AHRC-funded doctoral thesis at the University of Stirling in December 2013. This research actively sought to bridge the gap between medieval and early modern to provide the first long term study of Scottish inaugurations/coronations, funerals, and weddings (with consort coronations) across four centuries placing these ceremonies within the complexities of their political context. This research followed previous explorations into seventeenth-century France at MA level and Medici Florence as an undergraduate dissertation (both undertaken at Kingston University), as well as working at a cataloguer at the National Archives of Kew and heritage assistant at the Surrey History Centre (formally the Surrey County Archives).

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I have always been fascinated by the ways in which power and authority is represented at all levels of society, and my past, present and future research all reflect this interest. I am currently in the process of revising my doctoral research into a monograph to be titled: Death and the Royal Succession: Scottish Funerals, Coronations and Weddings, c.1214–1543 (in preparation for St Andrews Scottish History Series, Boydell and Brewer). From here my research is expanding in a number of directions including most prominently an exploration of manhood, masculinity and coming of age of the later Stewart kings; a rapidly developing areas of medieval and early modern historical discussion, but are still in relative infancy in a Scottish context in this era. I am currently working on a case study of James V as forerunner to a wider comparative analysis project on the male monarchs who ‘came of age’ after accession in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Scotland.

Beyond this I am working to publish research on baptism in the late medieval and early modern eras (with a particular interest in the role and choice of godparents) and I have a keen interest to develop work on public interaction with royal demonstrations of power and the use/misuse of images of authority. I am also always looking for innovative and meaningful ways of engaging the public with history and Scottish history particularly, working currently and previously with the likes of Historic Environment Scotland, Culture Perth and Kinross and Paul Gorman (Hidden Giants), and I have a fascination with material culture of all eras.

I would welcome research proposals from students interested in aspects of social, cultural and political history of the late medieval and early modern period in Scotland and the wider British Isles, including pre- and post-Reformation liturgy and ritual, gender studies, ambassadorial interaction, itinerant courts, Scottish financial and burgh sources, heraldic manuscripts and the role of the herald, material culture sources, and in wider comparisons with European neighbours.

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Edited Book

K. Buchanan and L. Dean, with M. Penman (eds), Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland & the British Isles (Routledge, 2016)

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Where to make the king (or queen): the importance of place in Scottish inaugurations and coronations from 1214 to 1651’, in O. O’Grady and R. Oram (eds), Royal Scone: A Scottish Medieval Royal Centre in Europe (Oxbow Books, forthcoming)

‘Making the Most of What They Had: Adapting [Indoor] and Outdoor Spaces for Royal Ceremony in Scotland c. 1214–1603’, in R. Mulryne & K. de Jonge (eds), Architectures of Festival in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, forthcoming 2017)

‘In the Absence of an Adult Monarch: Ceremonial Representations of Authority by Marie de Guise 1543–1558’, in Buchanan and Dean with Penman (eds), as listed above (Routledge, 2016)

‘Projecting Dynastic Majesty: State Ceremony in the Reign of Robert the Bruce’, International Review of Scottish Studies, 40 (Sept 2015), pp. 34-60. (Won IRSS ECR Prize June 2014)

‘Enter the Alien: Foreign Consorts and their Royal Entries into Scottish Cities, c. 1449–1594’ in R. Mulryne and A.M. Testaverde with I. Aliverti (eds), The Iconography of Power: Ceremonial Entries in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, February 2015), pp. 267-295.

‘Crowning the Child: Representing Authority in the Inaugurations and Coronations of Minors in Scotland, c.1214 to c.1567’, in E. Woodacre and S. McGlyn (eds), The Image and Perception of Monarchy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge Scholars, Sept 2014), pp. 254-280.

Magazine Feature Articles

‘Stating their Place: Ceremonial Legitimisation of the Early Stewart Dynasty, 1371 to c.1424’ in History Scotland, Special Issue: Kings and Queens of Scotland: The Stewarts, 16/ 3 (May/June 2016), pp. 28-33.

‘The Chronicles and State Celebrations: Representations of Royal Authority through State Ceremony in Scotland, c. 1200–1603’, History Scotland, 12/6 (Nov/Dec, 2012), pp. 20-27.

Online Writing

‘[Project] Crowns, Wedding Rings and Processions: Royal State Ceremony and Representations of Authority in Medieval Early Modern Scotland’, Heraldica Nova. Medieval Heraldry in social and cultural-historical perspectives (March 2015).

Why leaders in Scotland are excited about a battle that happened 700 years ago’, The Conversation (27 June 2014).

Book Reviews

‘Amy Blakeway, Regency in Sixteenth Century Scotland’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies (forthcoming, 2017)

Kings, Lords and Men in Scotland and Britain, 1300–1625 edited by Stephen Boardman and Julian Goodare’, IRSS, 40 (Sept 2015)

Cities Under Siege: New Urban Militarism by Stephen Graham (2011)’ Stryvling: Stirling International Journal of Postgraduate Research, 1/2 (2013).

Six reviews in History Scotland, 14/5 (Sept/Oct 2014), pp. 56-7; 14/4 (July/ August 2014), pp. 54-5; 13/3 (May/June 2013), p. 57, 12/4 (July/ August 2012), pp. 58-9; 11/6 (Nov/Dec 2011), pp. 57-8; including:  ‘J.J. McGavin, Theatricality and Narrative in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland’, History Scotland (Online ed., Aug 2012)

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I am currently developing two new modules based on my own research interests for third and fourth year undergraduate level ready for the next academic year (2017/18) – watch this space!

Taking over as module leader on:

  • People, Power & Protest – themes in Modern British History, 1780-1918 (First Year)
  • Travelling Cultures: Global Diasporas (Second Year)
  • Historiographical Essay (Third Year)

Teaching on:

  • Scotland, North Sea and the Baltic (Second Year)
  • Clash of Civilisations: Europe and the Muslim World, c. 1100 – c. 1700 (Second Year)
  • Primary Sources for History (Masters)
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Additional activities

Additional activities

  • Perth Carthusian Charterhouse Project (current) collaborating with Prof Richard Oram (University of Stirling) in collaboration with Glasgow SimVis (formerly Glasgow Digital Design Studio) initiating a community-led project in Perth centring around the Carthusian Charterhouse (f. 1426/9). Other potential stakeholders include Culture Perth & Kinross, Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, Perth & Kinross Council, Perth Tourism Partnership, HES, and Alder Archaeology Ltd.
  • Research Commission for Historic Environment Scotland (current) working on a thematic research report on aspects of the the origins, function, ceremonial use, symbolism, and European context of the Scottish Royal Honours exhibited at Edinburgh Castle
  • Section Editor (current) for New Perspectives on the History of Monarchy volume for Routledge (section on Ritual and Representation)
  • Copy-Editor and Reviewer for Royal Studies Journal
  • Research Assistant & Historical Advisor (Aug–Dec 2015) working with Perth & Kinross Council and Paul Gorman (Hidden Giants) on outreach project with school pupils to engage them with local history. Part of Royal Scone Project funded by RSE and Heritage Environment Scotland
  • Co-Organiser Representations of Authority to 1707: Scotland and her Nearest Neighbours, two day conference in Aug 2012, University of Stirling, following two PG workshops (June 2011/ Feb 201
  • Presented at BBC/AHRC Scottish Identity Workshop, BBC Broadcasting House, London (April 2012)
  • General Editor and Founding Member: Stryvling: Stirling International Journal of Postgrad Research (May 2011-Sept 2012; continued in advisory capacity to 2013, and as peer reviewer and copy editor (2014).
  • Co-chairperson and Organiser, ‘On Historical and Political Thought’, Stirling (Aug 2010-2012).