Dr Elizabeth New

BA (Exeter) MA (York) PhD (London)

Dr Elizabeth New

Senior Lecturer in History

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Dr Elizabeth New BA (Exeter), MA (York), PhD (London) is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her research interests focus on high and later medieval England and Wales, especially its social, cultural and religious history; the visual and material culture of medieval Britain and northern Europe; and heritage studies. Dr New is Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded* Imprint: a forensic and historical investigation of fingerprints on medieval seals* project https://twitter.com/Imprint_Project She is also a member of the Library & Collections Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London, an advisor to the British Academy English Episcopal Acta *project, a director of *Sigillvm (the international association for the study of seals), and a member of the Aberystwyth University Special Collections Committee.

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Research

Dr Elizabeth New works on the social, cultural and religious history and material and visual culture of medieval Britain, and on aspects of heritage studies. She has particular interests in representation and identity among non-elites, the manifestation of Christocentric devotion, and in the form, function and uses of medieval seals.

Dr New is in the final stages of an edition of the records of the Jesus Guild in St Paul's Cathedral (Oxford, Bodleian Tanner MS 221), which provide valuable insights into socio-economic networks and the 'economy of salvation' on the eve of the Reformation. Dr New also continues to work on aspects of the Holy Name (the subject of her PhD) in relation to expressions of Christocentric devotion. Seals and sealing practices form a significant strand of Dr New's research activities, and she is currently working on a major monograph which utilises sigillographic material to investigate the construct and expression of identity (personal, familial, communal), status, devotional practice and literary awareness in England and Wales, c.1200-1400. She is also working on a series of publications that highlight how a holistic approach to seals and sealing practices, and in particular their full integration into medieval studies, can provide new insights into society and reveal important nuances of cultural meaning. Dr New is Co-Investigator for the AHRC-funded Imprint: a forensic and historical investigation of fingerprints on medieval seals project, and previously was Senior Researcher for the AHRC-funded Seals in Medieval Wales project. Dr New has a range of interests relating to heritage, material culture, and historiography. Current projects include a study of a group of medievalists during the period of the 'professionalization of history', and collaborative projects editing a depositions roll

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 1500-1600
  • Tuesday 1400-1500

Publications

New, E 2006, Signs of community or marks of the exclusive? Parish and guild seals in later medieval England. in The Parish in Late Medieval England. Shaun Tyas, pp. 112-128.
New, E 2005, 'The Jesus Chapel in St Paul's Cathedral, London: a reconstruction of its appearance before the Reformation' Antiquaries Journal, vol 85, pp. 103-124. DOI: 10.1017/S0003581500088521
New, E 2002, 'Christological personal seals and Christocentric devotion in later medieval England and Wales' Antiquaries Journal, vol 82, pp. 47-68. DOI: 10.1017/S0003581500073728
New, E & Daunton, C 2016, Memorializing Masters: The patronage and benefaction of late medieval Masters of Trinity Hall. in J Lee & C Steer (eds), Commemoration in Medieval Cambridge. Boydell & Brewer.
Schofield, P, New, E, Johns, S & McEwan, J (eds) 2016, Seals and Society: Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English border counties. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff.
New, E & Schofield, P 2016, Introduction. in P Schofield, E New, S Johns & J McEwan (eds), Seals and Society: Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English border region. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, pp. 1-11.
New, E & Schofield, P 2016, Conclusion. in P Schofield, E New, S Johns & J McEwan (eds), Seals and Society: Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English border region. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff, pp. 121-125.
McEwan, JA, New, E & Schofield, P 2016, Appendix. in P Schofield, E New, S Johns & J McEwan (eds), Seals and Society: Medieval Wales, the Welsh Marches and their English Border Region. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff, pp. 127-325.
New, E 2015, The Common Seal and Civic Identity in Medieval London. in S Solway (ed.), Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power. Brepols, Tournhout, pp. 297-318.
New, E 2015, Text and image: the language of seals in medieval England and Wales. in M Carruthers (ed.), Language in Medieval Britain: Networks and Exchanges: Proceedings of the 2013 Harlaxton Symposium. Harlaxton Medieval Studies, vol. XXV, Shaun Tyas, Donington, pp. 59-73.
New, E 2014, (Un)conventional images. A case-study of radial motifs on personal seals. in P Schofield (ed.), Seals and their Context in the Middle Ages. Oxbow Books, Oxford, pp. 151-160.
New, E 2014, 'Episcopal Embodiment: the Tombs and Seals of Bishops in Medieval England and Wales'. in M Heale (ed.), The Prelate in England and Europe 1300-1560. York Medieval Press, pp. 191-214.
New, E 2014, ''The brass and seal of John Trillek (d. 1360), bishop of Hereford: comparative thoughts’' Transactions of the Monumental Brass Society, vol 19, no. 1, 1, pp. 2-14.
New, EA 2013, 'Lleision ap Morgan makes an impression: seals and the study of medieval Wales' Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review, vol 26, no. 3, pp. 327-350.
McEwan, JA, New, E, Johns, S & Schofield, P (eds) 2012, Seliau Yn Eu Cyd-Destun | Seals in Context. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press.
New, EA & Binski, P (eds) 2012, Patrons and Professionals in the Middle Ages: Proceedings of the 2010 Harlaxton Symposium. Harlaxton Medieval Studies, vol. 22, Shaun Tyas, Donnington.
New, EA, McEwan, JA, Schofield, PR & Johns, S 2012, Seliau Yn Eu Cyd-Destun/Seals in Context: Cymru a'r Mers yn yr Oesoedd Canol / Medieval Wales and the Welsh Marches. CAA.
New, EA 2011, Biblical imagery on seals in medieval England and Wales. in M Gill & J-L Chassel (eds), Pourquoi les sceaux?: La sigillographie nouvel enjeu de l’histoire de l’art. Université Lille III, Lille, pp. 451-468.
New, EA 2011, 'The Seals in Medieval Wales Project and its Potential for Monastic and Ecclesiastical History' Monastic Research Bulletin, vol 17, pp. 2-4.
New, EA 2010, Seals and Sealing Practices. British Records Association Archives & the User 11 , British Records Association, London.
New, EA 2009, Symbols of identity and devotion in a late medieval manuscript: Fitzwilliam Museum MS 2-1957. in Signs and Symbols: Harlaxton Medieval Studies XVIII. Harlaxton Medieval Studies, vol. 18, Shaun Tyas, Stamford, pp. 73-84.
New, EA 2008, Seals and status in medieval English towns: a case-study of London, Newcastle and Durham. in N Adams, J Cherry & J Robinson (eds), Good Impressions: Image and Authority in Medieval Seals. pp. 31-37.
New, EA 2008, Representation and identity in medieval London; the evidence of personal seals. in M Davies & A Prescott (eds), London and the Kingdom. Harlaxton Medieval Studies, vol. 16, Shaun Tyas, Donnington, pp. 246-258.