We are very pleased to announce that the 2024-2025 Schallek Fellowship has been awarded to Morgan McMinn (History, West Virginia University), to support her dissertation research. In her words:
“My Ph.D. dissertation, ‘Community: A Study of the Interpersonal Relationships of Monks and Nuns in the Late Medieval Diocese of Lincoln,’ explores the interdependencies of monks and nuns in six religious houses across the Lincoln Diocese in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries: Catesby, Godstow, Legbourn, Croyland, Peterborough, Ramsey. My dissertation examines how the religious’ social network influenced interclaustral bonds. Analyzing these monastic relations with lay society and episcopal administration enables us to better comprehend the nuances of religious daily life and the forces acting upon it. I investigate these connections through close textual analysis balanced with distant reading methods facilitated by a prosopographical database that I am building on the Lincoln diocese. My dissertation adds to our understanding of the intricacies of monastic life, the actors within it, and their ties to each other, the laity, and the episcopacy.”
The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The Fellowship is adjudicated by the MAA’s Schallek Committee and is jointly sponsored by the Medieval Academy and The Richard III Society-American Branch, made possible by a gift to the Richard III Society from William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek.