Walter Scott medal to be presented for 'lateral thinking' in the study of medieval manuscripts


30 January 2020
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Professor Kathryn Rudy of the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews is to receive one of the most prestigious humanities awards in Scotland for her work uncovering the mysteries of medieval manuscripts.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, is to present Professor Rudy with the award in recognition of her 'outstanding contribution to art history'.

The judges concluded that her capacity for lateral thinking had allowed Professor Rudy to examine a large corpus of manuscripts in ways unexplored by previous scholars.

Professor Rudy said: “None of this work has taken place in a vacuum, and I am so grateful to everyone who has nurtured my work: funders, librarians, cataloguers, editors, publishers, the University of St Andrews for its generous leave enabling me to hike, think and write; and of course my friends, colleagues and students in Scotland and beyond.”

The Walter Scott Medal is presented each year to an exceptional individual who has demonstrated lifelong dedication and made an outstanding contribution to the humanities or social sciences.

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(report courtesy of University of St Andrews, image copyright Wellcome Collection)