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Jenny McHugh

Research student

Jenny McHugh

Lancaster University

Bowland College



Research Interests

My research explores the relationship between the Crown and ecclesiastics during the fourteenth century, with a particular focus upon clerical loyalty and Anglo-Scottish relations during the Wars of Independence. My thesis examines the reigns of David II of Scotland (1329-71) and Edward III of England (1327-77), their bishops' support for royal agendas, and the papacy's diplomatic role during this period as a peacekeeper. More broadly, I am interested  in the role of religion, the formation of the natio and creation of group identity via xenophobic attitudes during the later Middle Ages. 

Thesis Title

Provisional: To what extent did religious communities shape the nature of Anglo-Scottish relations and the formation of identity during the reigns of David II of Scotland and Edward III of England?

Supervised By

Dr. Sophie Ambler

Dr. Fiona Edmonds

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Research Grants

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Studentship, Lancaster University, 2018-2021

Caroline Barron Prize, Royal Holloway, 2018

Herringham Scholarship, Royal Holloway, 2017-2018


MA Medieval Studies (2017/18), Royal Holloway University of London.

BA History (2014/17), Royal Holloway University of London.

Additional Information

Postgraduate Representative for the Athena SWAN self-assessment team.

Organiser of the PG Medieval Reading Group.

Member of the Scottish Historical Society, Ecclesiastical History Society and Royal Historical Society.