Miss Lizzie Bennett

Supervised by

  • Stephen Rose First/primary/lead supervisor


Educational background

Royal Holloway, University of London/British Library - MPhil/PhD in Musicology, 2014-18

Royal Holloway, University of London - MMus Musicology, 2013-14

Peterhouse, University of Cambridge - BA History and Music, 2008-12

Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2001-08

Chelmsford County High School 2001-08


AHRC-funded PhD student, holding a Collaborative Doctoral Award.

The PhD is based jointly at Royal Holloway and the British Library.

Research interests

My project is concerned with notions of religious reform and religious truth in European music during the period c.1470-c.1620. This will involve the study of printed music held within the British Library's collections, including sacred and secular works and treatises of music theory. It will also make use of contemporary theological tracts, covering a range of beliefs across much of Western Europe in the late medieval and early modern period.

Since the project is based at the British Library, and more specifically within the printed music collection, attention will also be paid to the role of the development of printing (both of music and of text), including the dissemination of printed works and the spread of literacy. This angle of printing history is expected to provide interesting material for the notion of 'truth and lies', such as the difficulties of recognising and correcting errors in printed material and the potential that a wider dissemination of printed texts could lead to a lesser understanding of opposing religious beliefs. The analysis of musical works and beliefs will make apparent contemporary beliefs regarding 'true' Christian theology which may not have been viewed in such ways before now.

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