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Research expertise

My doctoral thesisbridges the gap between medieval and early modern to provide the first long term study of Scottish inaugurations/coronations, funerals, and weddings (with consort coronations) across four centuries placing these ceremonies within the complexities of their political context. This original doctoral research is being revised for a monograph: Death and the Royal Succession: Scottish Funerals, Coronations and Weddings, c.1214–1543, in preparation for St Andrews Scottish History Series, Boydell and Brewer.

My research is expanding in a number of directions including an exploration of manhood, masculinity and coming of age of the later Stewart kings; a rapidly developing areas of medieval and early modern historical discussion, but are still in relative infancy in a Scottish context in this era. I am currently working on a case study of James V as forerunner to a wider project on the male monarchs who ‘came of age’ after accession in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Scotland. Each has acquired a significantly different historical reputation and this research will engage with cultural, social and political historical methodologies to consider representation, agency and experience, and offer a new angle of comparative analysis on these Scottish Renaissance monarchs.

Another one of my keen growing interests is looking for innovative and meaningful ways of engaging the wider public with history and Scottish history particularly, working currently and previously with the likes of Historic Environment Scotland, Culture Perth and Kinross and Paul Gorman (Hidden Giants).

Other research interests and expertise: liturgy and ritual at all levels of society; appropriation of ‘royal’ ceremonial by non-royal individuals in medieval and early modern Europe; misuse and reuse of images of power and authority at all levels of society; public interaction with royal demonstrations of power; ambassadorial interaction and the ‘king abroad’; the itinerant court in Scotland and Europe; Scottish financial and burgh sources; rituals of the day-to-day royal household; heraldic manuscripts and the role of the herald (particularly interested in seventeenth-century collections in Scottish repositories); baptism in the late medieval and early modern eras (with a particular interest in the role and choice of godparents); queenship and the roles of elite women; crime and punishment in the medieval and early modern eras.

Academic Qualifications

Oct 2009 –Sept 2013 PhD, University of Stirling
(AHRC-funded 3 year full award Oct 2009 – Oct 2012) Title:  Crowns, Wedding Rings and Processions: Continuity and change in the representations of royal authority through state ceremonial in Scotland c. 1214 – c. 1603. Supervisors:  Dr Michael Penman and Dr Alastair Mann Examiners:  Prof Roger Mason (St Andrews) and Dr Emma Macleod (Stirling)
Oct 2007 –  June 2009 MA by Research in History, Kingston University Dissertation: ‘Representing Authority: The Image of Authority Under Louis XIV’ Supervisors:  Dr Marisa Linton and Dr John Stuart.
Sept 2004 –  June 2007 First Class BA Honours in History and Creative Writing, Kingston University

External positions

Researcher (commission)

1 Aug 201631 Mar 2017

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Research Output

Making the Most of What They Had: Adapting [Indoor] and Outdoor Spaces for Royal Ceremony in Scotland c. 1214–1603

Dean, L. H. S., 1 Nov 2017, Architectures of Festival in Early Modern Europe. Mulryne, R. & Jonge, K. (eds.). Routledge, (European Festival Studies Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Regency in Sixteenth-Century Scotland: Review of the above title

Blakeway, A. & Dean, L. H. S., Apr 2017, 3 p. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press.

Research output: Other contribution

  • The Scottish Royal Honours: Objects, Ceremony and Use

    Dean, L. H. S., 30 Jun 2017, (Submitted) Historic Environment Scotland. 90 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    In the Absence of an Adult Monarch: Ceremonial Representations of Authority by Marie de Guise 1543–1558

    Buchanan, K. (ed.) & Dean, L. H. S., 20 May 2016, Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland & the British Isles. Dean, L., Buchanan, K. & Penman, M. (eds.). Oxon: Routledge Press, New York., p. 143-162 19 p. 8

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Medieval and early modern representations of authority in Scotland and the British Isles

    Dean, L. H. S. (ed.), Penman, M. (ed.) & Buchanan, K. (ed.), May 2016, Oxon: Routledge Press, New York. 302 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    • 3 Invited talk
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    ‘Reading Old Documents’ Workshop

    Lucy Dean (Organiser), & Nicola Cowmeadow (Organiser)

    8 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Reaching the ‘Estate of Manhood’: A Case Study of James V

    Lucy Dean (Speaker)

    15 Feb 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    The Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies

    Lucy Dean (Speaker)

    13 Jan 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    The Scottish Royal Honours: Objects, Ceremony and Use

    Lucy Dean (Speaker)

    21 Mar 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk