Medievalist Laura Ashe wins Philip Leverhulme Prize

Dr Laura Ashe, a professor in the English Faculty at Oxford University, has been awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize given to academics under the age of 36 for "contribution to their particular field of study, are recognised at an international level, and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise."

The UK£70,000 prize will be used by Ashe to complete her work on the literatures and culture of England, c.1000–1400. According to Ashe, "the long twelfth century, from the Norman Conquest to Magna Carta, was a time of development and change in political, legal and cultural spheres – but because its literature was in Latin and French, Dr Ashe says it has been excluded from English literary history."