Jennifer McHugh

PhD student, Associate Lecturer

Research Interests

My research explores the relationship between the Crown and ecclesiastics during the fourteenth century, with a particular focus upon clerical loyalty and Anglo-Scottish relations during the Wars of Independence. My thesis examines the reigns of David II of Scotland (1329-71), bishops' support for the royal agenda, and the papacy's diplomatic role during this period as a peacekeeper. More broadly, I am interested in the role of religion, the formation of the natio and creation of group identity via xenophobic attitudes during the later Middle Ages.