Dr. Lindy Brady is Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of English at the University of Mississippi. She works on Old English, Medieval Irish and Welsh, Old Norse, and Anglo-Latin languages and literatures and is the author of Writing the Welsh borderlands in Anglo-Saxon England (Manchester University Press, 2017).
Dr. Brady will hold a British Academy Visiting Fellowship at the University of Birmingham's Department of English Literature to work on her book, Framing History in the British Isles: The Origin Legends of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. This book challenges prevailing interpretations of origin stories from the early British Isles, an important genre that shaped identity and collective history across the medieval period.
These narratives have been studied as disparate traditions and used to argue for the long roots of the nationalisms that still exert telling influence in the islands’ affairs. Yet these texts were not originally written or read in isolation, and Framing History argues that the corpus of insular origin legends developed together to flesh out the history of the British Isles as a whole, with individual narratives in constant development, written and rewritten to respond to other legends.