Dr David Harry

Lecturer in Early Modern History

(E-mail: d.harry@chester.ac.uk)

I am a late-medieval historian with research interests in social, religious and literary culture in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. In particular, my research has focused on the use of the written word in shaping patterns of worship. I have published on death and commemoration, the early history of print, the religious and political culture of the Yorkist court and funerary inscriptions.


Before joining the Department of History & Archaeology at Chester, I worked as a Lecturer at the University of Kent, Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol. I read for a BA in English Literature at the University of East Anglia (2001-4) before embarking on a postgraduate career as a historian at the University of Bristol where I was awarded my PhD in 2013. My research interests reflect my interdisciplinary background and my forthcoming research seeks to further explore the complex relationship between worship, devotional literature and funerary inscriptions in pre-Reformation London.

I am also Secretary and webmaster of the annual Harlaxton Symposium (harlaxton.org.uk)

Published work

Harry, D., 'Learning to Die in Yorkist England: Earl Rivers' Cordyal', in Kleineke, H. and Steer, C. (eds), The Yorkist Age (Donington: S. Tyas, 2013)

Harry, D., 'William Caxton and Commemorative Culture in Fifteenth-Century England', in Clark, L (ed.), Exploring the Evidence: Commemoration, Administration and the Economy (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2014)

Harry, D., 'A Cadaver in Context: The Shroud Brass of John Brigge Revisited' (Forthcoming, 2015)