Dr Will Eves, School of History, University of St Andrews / Research Associate, Institute of Historical Research

Will recently completed his PhD Borderthesis at the University of St Andrews entitled ‘The Assize of Mort d’Ancestor From Glanvill to Bracton, c.1176- 1230′. He previously held a 2015-16 Junior Research Fellowship (Scouloudi) at the Institute of Historical Research. He holds an LL.B from the University of Warwick, an LL.M, also from Warwick, and an M.Litt in Medieval History from the University of St Andrews. Will’s LL.M was in international law, human rights, and law in development. He maintains an interest in the procedural and substantive development of international criminal, humanitarian, and human rights law. This also provides interesting parallels with the emergence of early English Common law norms and procedures, the latter forming the basis of his PhD thesis in English Legal History.

Advisory Assistant

Dr Rachel E HolmesCRASSH / Faculty of English / Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

holmes-rachel-e-profile-photoDr Rachel E. Holmes is now a Research Associate  on the ERC-funded project Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: The Place of Literature at CRASSH/The Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.

She works transnationally on early modern European law and literature, with a particular focus on contractual faith and the difficult status of proof in sexual matters. She is currently revising for publication a monograph on Casos de Honra: Clandestine Contracts in Early Modern Law and Literature, which argues that the popularity of the clandestine marriage plot in literature corresponds closely to developments and emerging conflicts in matrimonial and contract law. Her postdoctoral work explores the keen social interest in early modern Europe in the high stakes of defining and distinguishing rape from other kinds of sexual contracts.