production and use english manuscripts 1060 to 1220 The University of leicester logo University of leeds
Edited by Orietta Da Rold, Takako Kato, Mary Swan and Elaine Treharne
(University of Leicester, 2010; last update 2013), ISBN 095323195X
Kate Wiles

Kate Wiles

The focus of my research under the supervision of Dr. Mary Swan and Dr. Orietta Da Rold is the production and use of vernacular charters between 1060 to 1220. Currently I am focusing on the charters of Worcester and their copies. I am particularly interested in the linguistic evidence in the extant copies for the process of textual transmission, and what it can tell us about scribal training and scriptoria, as well as evidence for dialectal variation in the boundary clauses.

My previous research has been in the field of linguistics, focusing on the history of English, in particular Old English, studying lexical and semantic change in the transition to Middle English. I am also interested in place-names and their reflection of early settlement patterns and the Anglo-Saxon view of the landscape.