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Dr Audrey Thorstad joined the University of Huddersfield in 2016 as a Research Assistant for Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture. She completed her PhD in 2015 in the School of History at the University of Leeds, and subsequently taught at the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and Chichester. Audrey’s research interests are in the field of socio-cultural history of the British Isles in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries with a particular focus on the material culture of the Tudor century.
Audrey’s research takes a particularly interdisciplinary approach to the socio-cultural history of the Tudors. She has produced work on tournaments under Henry VII, heraldry, and Tudor households among other things.
She is currently editing her PhD thesis for publication with Boydell Press in late 2016. This project examined the social and cultural history of early Tudor castles in England and Wales, with a particular focus on movement of the lord, his family, and the household. This project was awarded the Ochs Scholarship from the British Archaeological Association for its interdisciplinary approach. One of the aims of this research is to examine castles as more than elite military structures, but as a building that people of many different statuses lived, worked, and visited.
Alongside editing the monograph, Audrey is currently working on another major research project that will examine the material culture of early Tudor masculinity. This project will compare the two early Tudor kings and their courtiers to explore how these men formed and proclaimed their masculine identities and how they interacted with other men at court.