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Dr Nigel Ramsay


An Honorary Senior Research Associate of the department, Nigel is engaged on the English Monastic Archives project (directed by David D'Avray). He is now at work on the completion phase, writing a general introduction to monastic archives and their value for the researcher.

More generally, he is interested in legal history (his thesis having been on the late medieval legal profession in England and a current project being an edition of the medieval records of the court of the Constable and Marshal, often called the Court of Chivalry), the history of archives, medieval libraries (another current project is an edition of the medieval booklists of the English and Welsh cathedrals of canons), medieval art and - in a newly taken up direction - medieval and later heraldry. His latest publication is an edited collection of essays entitled Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England (Shaun Tyas, 2014) and in 2014 he curated an exhibition on heraldry in late Tudor and early Stuart England at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Major publications

  • Anthony Musson and Nigel Ramsay (eds), Courts of Chivalry and Admiralty in Late Medieval Europe (Martlesham: Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2018)
  • Nigel Ramsay (ed.), Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England (Donington: Paul Watkins, 2014)
  • Martin Henig and Nigel Ramsay (eds), Intersections: The Archaeology and History of Christianity in England, 400-1200 (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 2010)
  • Nigel Ramsay and James M Willoughby, Hospitals, Towns and the Professions: Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues: 14 (London: British Library Publishing Division, 2009)