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Prof Lesley Twomey


Department: Arts

Lesley Twomey is Professor in Medieval and Golden Age Hispanic Art and Literature at the University of Northumbria.  She has published widely on the Virgin Mary in Art and Literature. She belongs to a number of European funded research groups, including

1. LITHACAT, ‘La literatura hagiográfica catalana entre el manuscrito y la imprenta’ (Universitat d’Alacant) and
2. project “La poesía de cancionero en tiempos de los primeros Trastámara castellanos: Texto, contextos, ecos y relecturas.” PGC2018-093619-B-I00 (MCIU/AEI/FEDER, UE).

Lesley Twomey

Lesley’s principal area of research are the history of Marian art, literature, and doctrine, as well as the nature of the sacred. She has also written books and articles on women’s writing (Isabel de Villena, Teresa of Ávila), and medieval material culture (textiles, embroidery, perfumes). Her current research project is ‘Elite women’s writing and the Holy Word’.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Sacred Space of the Virgin Mary in Medieval Hispanic Literature: from Gonzalo de Berceo to Ambrosio Montesino, Twomey, L. Feb 2019
  • Christ, Mary, and the Saints: Reading Religious Subjects in Medieval and Renaissance Spain, Beresford, A., Twomey, L. 25 Oct 2018
  • St Teresa of Avila: Her Writings and Life, O'Reilly, T., Thompson, C., Twomey, L. 10 Sep 2018
  • Spoken Word and Social Practice: Orality in Europe (1400-1700), Cohen, T., Twomey, L. Jul 2015
  • The Fabric of Marian Devotion in Isabel de Villena's Vita Christi, Twomey, L. 21 Mar 2013
  • The Serpent and the Rose: the Immaculate Conception and Hispanic Poetry in the Late Medieval Period, Twomey, L. 2008

  • Siqi Zhang An analysis of the Digital Music Industry in a Chinese context Start Date: 28/01/2014 End Date: 20/05/2021
  • Jill Dixon Decentralised Public Administration: A Comparative Analysis of Continuities and Variations in the Governments of Andalusia and Catalonia (1977-2015) Start Date: 10/10/2011 End Date: 25/01/2017
  • Sandra Elliott In his Nature To Be So: Holiness in the Life of Saint Aldhelm Included in Middle English Versions of Legenda Aurea The Golden Legend English Tradition from Manuscript to Print, with particular reference to the English Saints in Lambeth Palace MS 72 and Caxton’s printed edition Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 02/11/2021
  • Shaun Cutler Strategic Heritage Management of a Medieval Building: A Practice–led PhD. A case-study Newcastle Cathedral Start Date: 01/08/2018
  • Song Wang Brand identity in the Chinese football industry with reference to the CSL: The interdisciplinary framework Start Date: 01/02/2016

  • Hispanic Studies PhD June 30 1995
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2003

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