Dr Harriet Lyon
Harriet is an historian of early modern Britain, with particular interests in the religious and cultural history of the English Reformation and in the field of historical memory. She holds a BA and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and has recently completed a doctorate on ‘The afterlives of the dissolution of the monasteries, 1536-c.1700’. This research reconsiders the significance of Henry VIII’s suppression of 800 religious houses in England and Wales (1536-40) by asking how it was remembered by those who witnessed it and how this memory evolved in subsequent generations. Her next project will explore ideas of nostalgia and historical amnesia in the early modern period.