Alex Hurlow


Previous Education

B.A Hons History from The University of Manchester
M.A. Medieval and Early Modern Studies from The University of Manchester

Thesis Title

Norman Identity in Capetian France (1204-c.1400): The Chronique de Normandie and Etablissements de Rouen


Dr Paul Oldfield and Dr Charles Insley

Research Summary

My research focuses on the development of Norman identity in thirteenth and fourteenth-century Capetian France. I aim to demonstrate that a distinct Norman identity persisted beyond the conquest of 1204. More broadly, my research addresses the broader issue of the formation of the French state, its national narrative and how it reacted to distinct ‘autonomous’ zones within it. This will be achieved by investigating two previously understudied sources. The Chronique de Normandie, an early fourteenth-century chronicle, is housed within the John Rylands Special Collection and the Etablissements de Rouen, a set of customs and privileges reconfirmed, reconfigured and disseminated across Normandy during the period.

Research Interests

Identity, ethnic communities and pre-modern nations in the medieval and early modern era.

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