Thanks to the support of the James Pantyfedwen Foundation, I was able to undertake an MSt in English 1550-1700 at the University of Oxford. The masters allowed me the opportunity to develop my undergraduate research, which I completed at Durham University and which was awarded the CH Arts Research Prize for exceptional achievement in a research project and the Robin Dix Memorial Prize for the best essay on Restoration and 18th century, or Renaissance literature.
Throughout my Masters’ degree, I have continued to study the literatures of England, Wales, and Spain, in various interdisciplinary projects which primarily analyse early modern female writers and their interaction with alchemical thought. I presented a paper on an aspect of my master’s thesis at Oxford’s Early Modern Graduate Forum entitled, ‘Aurum nostrum non est aurum vulgi: Distilling Alchemical Knowledge in Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (1611)’.
I am incredibly thankful to the foundation for their support, without which it would have been impossible for me to continue my work and develop the skills necessary for further research. I hope to put all I have learnt to good use by embarking on a PhD at King’s College London next Autumn.