Chris Linsley is a PhD student at the University of York working on the project strand ‘The French in England, 1330-1550’. Having completed undergraduate and masters level study at the University of Birmingham in both Ancient and Medieval History Chris joined York in March 2012.
Coming from a masters study of the rise of empirical observation in medieval travel literature, Chris is interested in a broad range of aspects of the study of medieval ideas and mentalities and for his thesis is considering the question of the ‘National Other’ in late medieval English historical writing, particularly that of the prolific Thomas Walsingham. As part of the project team Chris is responsible for corroborating data for the identities and lives of England’s resident aliens, in addition to analysing the dispersal of French migrants to England and their activities. A vital theme throughout this study will be the complex issue of ‘French’ identity, both in the minds of those migrants from France and those of the English population.