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Damian-Grint, Peter

Educated in London, he studied French language and literature in University College London before undertaking a PhD in Old French literature at Birkbeck, University of London. His thesis, “Vernacular history in the making: Anglo-Norman verse historiography in the 12th century”, studied through close textual analysis the narrative strategies of the first generation of historians writing in Old French; the aim was to explain the historians’ presentation of themselves as trustworthy and their works as truthful and reliable, despite being composed in the vernacular. The thesis became the basis of his The new historians of the twelfth-century renaissance: inventing vernacular authority (1999).
In 1994 he moved to Oxford. He tutored in Old French for a number of colleges, particularly Brasenose and St Catherine’s, and worked in academic publishing, being one of the deputy chief copy-editors of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography project; he latterly (from 2004) worked as Correspondence Editor in one of the  Bodleian Library’s digitization projects, the Electronic Enlightenment Project, while continuing to research and publish in the area of medieval historiography and translation theory. He has also written papers on digitization and Early Modern literature.
In 2010 he went to Rome to research for an STD at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. His thesis, “Christian life and work in medieval England” (2014), was a study of the relationship between the life of piety and life of work of different medieval social groups, drawing on a wide range of literary and documentary material in Latin, Old French and Middle English as well as religious and secular iconography.
Since his return from Rome he has lived in Glasgow, where he carries out research on medieval religious history and theology. He is an honorary research fellow of the School of History at the University of St Andrews, and a member of the research group on the 12th-century Scottish theologian Adam of Dryburgh at the Medieval History department of the University of Glasgow.

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