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Research interests (short)

  • Palaeography and manuscript studies
  • Digital Humanities, particularly the application of digital tools and techniques to palaeography and manuscript studies
  • Medieval studies, early medieval history
  • Old English, Latin language and literature

Biographical details

After Honours degrees in Classics and English Literature and in Computer Engineering, Peter Stokes completed a PhD at Cambridge on English palaeography of the early eleventh century. He has held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Palaeography at the Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic in Cambridge, where he developed new methods of quantitative and computer-based palaeography, and worked at the Centre for Computing in Humanities (CCH, now Department of Digital Humanities) at King's College London on the LangScapeAnglo-Saxon Cluster and Electronic Sawyer projects before being awarded a major research grant from the European Research Council for his DigiPal: Digital Resource for Palaeography, Manuscript Studies and Diplomatic. This project, completed in September 2014, has lead to two further major grants from the AHRC for collaborative projects in which he is Co-Investigator: The Conqueror’s Commissioners: Unlocking the Domesday Survey of South-West England (with the University of Oxford), and Models of Authority: Scottish Charters and the Emergence of Government, 1100–1250 (with the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge).

Major publications include English Vernacular Minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut, circa 990 – circa 1035 (Cambridge, 2014) and DigiPal, and he has also published on name-studies, lexicography, Anglo-Saxon charters, image-processing, and digital humanities, as well as palaeography. He lectures on the MA in Digital Humanities at King's College London, and on palaeography and codicology at the University of Cambridge; he has also lectured in digital publishing, medieval history, and medieval Latin. Other professional positions include:

  • Elected member of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine (CIPL)
  • Correspondant scientifique and, in 2015, Chercheur invité (Invited Researcher) at the CNRS in Paris (Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, UPR 841)
  • Specialty Chief Editor of Digital Paleography and Book History, a specialty section of Frontiers in Digital Humanities
  • Principal Coordinator of Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA), a five-day international training programme for PhD students.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, English Vernacular Script, ca 995-ca 1035, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001


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