Sub-honours student Alasdair Grant awarded URIP 2013

Alasdair GrantThe School of History warmly congratulates Alasdair Grant, a second year student of Latin and Mediaeval History, who has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Internship (URIP) for summer 2013. With the scheme giving preference to junior honours students,  Alasdair’s success in securing a URIP in his second year of study is a great achievement. Alasdair will be working under the supervision of Prof. Frances Andrews.

Alasdair writes:

“I have a particular interest in  Mediterranean history and literature. Last semester, whilst reading for an essay on Italian city-states as part of the module ME2003 Europe and the High Middle Ages, I found a reference to a mediaeval Latin poem about a Pisan military expedition to North Africa in 1087, dubbed the Carmen in Victoriam Pisanorum. Wandering totally off my essay topic, I became very interested in this poem, and found that it had received virtually no scholarly attention, and that what it had received was problematic. I felt that this poem, which has been seen as representing an early stage in the development of the Crusading movement, as well as having a lot to say about Pisa, the Italian Communes, Christian-Muslim relations, and contemporary literary attitudes, deserved better. Taking what I have used for my Classical Latin studies as a model, I resolved to translate the source into English verse, give it a line-by-line commentary, and write an assessment of its value as source material. My hope is that through this project, the poem can be read as an interesting narrative in its own right, but also become more readily available for future studies on the medieval Mediterranean.”

Alasdair joins third-year honours students Hazel Blair and Olympia Severis in an a remarkable round of successes for History students in the University Research Internship Scheme.