Sarah Hamilton researches the medieval liturgy and has written variously about particular liturgies, including the sorts that might have been performed in local churches in the central Middle Ages, touching on how they might be performed in different spaces.
Professor Sarah Hamilton’s research focuses on exploring the nature of the relationships between ecclesiastical institutions and rites and medieval society, especially in the years which divide the early from the high Middle Ages, c. 900 - 1100 AD.
Sarah's first degree was in history at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge . After spending some time out of academic life as an accountant, she returned to do an MA in Medieval History at King's College, London and went on to do a PhD there on 'The Practice of Penance, 900-1050' under Professors Janet L. Nelson and Anne Duggan.
Since, Sarah has taught at Birkbeck, University of London, King's College, London, the Universities of Glasgow, Manchester and Southampton before being appointed to a lectureship at the University of Exeter in 2000. She held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1999-2002, first at Southampton, then at Exeter and has also held grants from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and HERA.