Third-year History honours student Hazel Blair awarded University Research Internship (URIP)
April 3, 2013 5 Comments
Hazel Blair, a third year Mediaeval History undergraduate, has been awarded a St Andrews Undergraduate Research Internship (URIP), to research the cultural significance of scientific experimentation at the courts of the Scottish Renaissance kings James III, James IV, and James V. This is a ten-week project undertaken over the summer and will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Katie Stevenson.
“In my current module on the Renaissance in Late Mediaeval Scotland, I was astounded to discover that there has been little analysis of the growing trend in science experiments at court, despite common recognition of it in the sources and in the historiography. My project will be a fitting expression of my continuing love for mediaeval history at undergraduate level. On entry into honours, my work and learning became more specialised. I have had a wonderful time learning about women’s lives in the Middle Ages, and I have also had quite a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the intricacies of mediaeval apocalyptic traditions. I am privileged to have had my article ‘The end of time in sixth century Francia: Bishop Gregory of Tours’ Histories’ accepted for publication in the new undergraduate journal Groundings Ancients, which represents three students from each of the universities of St Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. This taste of academia intrigued me. Therefore, this summer, I am overjoyed to be spending ten weeks researching and analysing such a fascinating area of Scottish history. My project will include a survey of the financial records of the kings’ reigns, and analysis of contemporary chronicles and court poetry. I will question the extent to which science, medicine, alchemy, and astronomy were significant tools of kingship and authority in late mediaeval and Renaissance Scotland. I will also consider the significance of scientific experiments within the Stewart court on the rise of medicine within the Scottish universities. My project will be comparatively linked to two other studies taken in the last two years, which explore these themes in the crown of Aragon and in Italian court culture. I hope to place this part of Scotland’s history in its wider European context and am very much looking forward to the commencement of my research internship this June.”
Hazel joins a long and distinguished tradition of successful students from the School of History on the University’s URIP scheme since its inception in 2008. Hazel’s fellow honours student, Olympia Severis, and sub-honours student Alasdair Grant have also been awarded places on the scheme.