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    Dr Elizabeth Drayson

    01223 762223
    Murray Edwards College
    New Hall
    University of Cambridge
    Cambridge
    CB3 0DF

    Lorna Close Fellow in Spanish; Director of Studies for Part IB

    Murray Edwards is a cutting-edge, innovative, premier research and learning environment with a delightfully informal and friendly atmosphere. My subject is particularly well-served by outstanding holdings in Modern and Medieval Languages in the College library, and by a flourishing subject society, the Gabe Society.

    Degrees and honours

    • MA (Cantab),
    • PhD (Cantab),
    • and Dip.Trans.

    Awards

    • Newton Trust CTO research leave for the academic year 2015-16.

    Research interests

    • Medieval and early modern Spanish literature and cultural history.
    • Medieval and early modern literature and culture in film and visual art.
    • Juan Ruiz’s Libro de buen amor.
    • Relationship between Arabic, Jewish and Christian culture in the middle ages.

    Biography

    Elizabeth Drayson was an undergraduate at Newnham College, Cambridge and is currently Lorna Close Fellow in Spanish at Murray Edwards College, College Lecturer in Spanish at Peterhouse, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She specialises in medieval Spanish literature and cultural history, and the relationship between Arabic, Jewish, and Christian culture during the Middle Ages and Early Modern period.

    Her most recent book, The Moor’s Last Stand: how seven centuries of Muslim rule in Spain came to an end, was published in April 2017 by Profile Books. Previous publications include The Lead Books of Granada (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013; paperback 2016) which evaluates the cultural status and importance of the mysterious Lead Books found on the Sacromonte of Granada in the late sixteenth-century, and The King and the Whore: King Roderick and La Cava (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) which explores the reception of the legend of Roderick, last Visigothic King of Spain, and his lover La Cava, from the Middle Ages to the present. Her translation and edition of Juan Ruiz's Libro de buen amor was the first to be published in England as The Book of Good Love, Juan Ruiz, Archpriest of Hita, Everyman Paperbacks (London: Orion, 1999). 

    Her other specialist area is translation theory and methodology, and she is also a qualified professional translator.

    Publications

    • 2017    The Moor’s Last Stand: how seven centuries of Muslim rule in Spain came to an end (London: Profile Books, 2017).
    • 2016    The Lead Books of Granada, Early Modern History: Society and Culture series (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan), paperback edition.
    • 2013, The Lead Books of Granada, Early Modern History: Society and Culture series (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan), nominated for the East Anglian Writers’ Awards 2014.
    • 2007, The King and the Whore: King Roderick and La Cava, The New Middle Ages series (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan). Shortlisted for the La Corónica book prize 2008.
    • 1999, The Book of Good Love, Juan Ruiz, Archpriest of Hita, new English translation and critical introduction, notes and bibliography, Everyman Paperbacks, (London: Orion, 1999).