Stephen Kelly (AEL) and Ryan Perry (Kent) awarded research grant of £366,511 from Leverhulme Trust
Many congratulations to Stephen Kelly and Ryan Perry (Kent) who have just been awarded £366,511 from the Leverhulme Trust for a project entitled 'Whittington’s Gift: Reconstructing the Lost Common Library of London’s Guildhall’.
"'Whittington's Gift' aims to demonstrate that London citizens created new programmes of religious education for both the City's clergy and for literate lay communities that have hitherto gone largely unnoticed by scholarship. Thanks to the legacy of Richard Whittington (d. 1423), perhaps London’s most storied mayor, an extraordinary resource for religious education emerged under the auspices of Whittington’s innovative executor, John Carpenter, common clerk of London’s Guildhall. By tracking the transmission of texts that the applicants contend were sourced from the Guildhall Library, we aim to radically complicate understanding of fifteenth century devotional culture in the capital and beyond."