Sarah Peverley

Sarah Peverley is a medievalist, cultural historian, broadcaster, and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker. She is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, where she teaches and researches medieval literature and history.  Her research focuses on literature produced during The Wars of the Roses, on medieval manuscripts and early books, and on mermaids in literature and art. She is currently editing the chronicles of John Hardyng and writing a cultural history of the mermaid. In addition to publishing on Medieval and Tudor Historical Writing, Early English Drama, Anglo-Scottish Relations, Arthurian Literature, and Medieval Scribes, Sarah has been awarded fellowships and grants from The Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC and The British Academy.

She regularly works with the media, speaks at public festivals and heritage events, and consults for organisations like Guinness World Records. She has written, presented or appeared in over 80 TV, radio and press features, and acted as consultant on the medieval content of a further 15 media and print projects, including documentary series, films and children’s books. Her contributions to public life and learning have attracted several awards, especially in relation to her work with ‘The Liverpool Players’, a group of student-actors specialising in making early drama and literature accessible to young children and adults. 

Sarah is a member of various professional bodies, learned societies, and research networks, serving as Consultant and Advisory Editor at The Literary Encyclopedia, Vice-President of the Medieval Chronicle Society, Editorial Advisory Board Member for Liverpool University Press, Editorial Advisory Board Member for The Medieval Chronicle journal, and Editorial Committee Member for Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies Series. In 2019 She was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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