Merridee Bailey Awarded S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship

  • Oriel College
19 July, 2018

Former Visiting Fellow (2015-16) and current Oriel SCR member Dr Merridee Bailey has been awarded the S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship for her project leading to a book on the history of meekness.

The project is supported by the University of Melbourne and Merridee will be holding the award at the Oxford University Faculty of History.

The S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship is open for award annually to an outstanding scholar, who must be an Australian citizen of no more than 45 years of age at the time of the award. The Fellowship is for scholarly study outside Australia, intended to lead to a book relating to dramatic or non-dramatic English literature of the 16th or 17th centuries. The Fellowship is named for Samuel Ernest Sprott, an Australian academic who worked in the department of English at Dalhousie University, Canada, from 1958 to 1985. He was best known for his work on John Milton, notably Milton's Art of Prosody, his first book, which appeared in nine editions between 1953 and 1978, and John Milton, A Maske: the Earlier Versions.

Merridee is a social and cultural historian of late medieval and early modern England looking at the history of morality and the mechanisms by which morality was disseminated. More information about her research can be found on her History Faculty page.