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Imogene Dudley

Imogene Dudley

I am currently a third year doctoral candidate at the University of Exeter and the recipient of a Leverhulme funded studentship to work with Prof. Jane Whittle and Dr Mark Hailwood on the research project, 'Women's Work in Rural England, 1500-1700'. My research focuses on women's waged work in household account books from the south of England and analysing their tasks, wages and working practises in comparison to men.

My other research interests include fifteenth-century England, particularly the period known as 'the Wars of the Roses', the House of York and the reign of Henry VII. I am also interested in gender history more widely and the histories of noblewomen, marriage and dynasty.

I completed a Master of Studies in Medieval History at St. Hilda's College, Oxford from 2014 to 2015. My supervisor was Dr. Rowena Archer and my dissertation, which was on Henry VII's dynastic policy regarding the women of the House of York, earned a distinction. At Oxford, I also wrote papers on vernacular propaganda during the Wars of the Roses supervised by John Watts and on the historiography of women and power in the Middle Ages supervised by Prof. Chris Wickham.

I was awarded a first-class honours degree in History from Swansea University, where I studied from 2011 to 2014. I was supervised by Dr. Deborah Youngs. My undergraduate dissertation was entitled ' "Abduct[ing] her with her own will": Abduction, Marriage and Female Choice in Fourteenth-century England' and it received a first class mark. At Swansea, I was awarded the William Greenway Memorial Prize in History (for the highest performing third year student in the field of Medieval History) and the J. S. H. Roberts Prize in History (for the student who showed the most improvement from their first to second year).


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