Winner: David O’Neil. Proxime: Fraser McNair

The Winners of the 2017 TMJ/ SAIMS Prize


The winner of the 2017 TMJ/ SAIMS was David O’Neil (Purdue) for the essay “A Syntactic Basis for the Distribution of Metrical Types in Beowulf“.

The proxime was Fraser McNair (Tübingen) for the essay “Kingship and Consent in the Reign of Charles the Simple: The Case of Saint-Servaas (919)“.

David is a PhD student in English Language and Linguistics at Purdue University. He is currently working on a diachronic study of English alliterative verse, in which syntactic change in early English is evaluated as a selective pressure on the evolution and ultimate decline of the alliterative tradition. David has taught courses in Ancient Greek, Latin, and English composition

Fraser is an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at Karl Eberhards Universität Tübingen, working on the interaction between royal and episcopal authority in the tenth and eleventh centuries. He has previously worked at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and gained his doctorate at the University of Cambridge


TMJ Past Prize Winners


Winner: Emily Savage (St Andrews) for The Manuscript as a Work-In-Progress: Creativity and Re-Creation in the Carew-Poyntz Hours”.

Prozime: Sophie Harwood (Leeds) for “Swans and Amazons: The Case of Penthesilea and Women’s Heraldry in Medieval Culture”.


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Joint Winner: Joseph R. Johnson (New York University) for “Domestication and its Discontents”.

Joint Winner: Jamie Page (Durham) for “Sex and Secrecy: the Earliest Prosecution of Abortion in the German-speaking Lands”.


Winner: Stefan Visnjevac (Roehampton) for “‘Equip Yourself to Inflict Vengeance … Thus it will be Recognised that You are the founder of Peace’: Laudation and Attempted Persuasion through a Sermon for the Emperor Sigismund, 1433”

Proxime: Tamara Haddad (University of Kent) for “Locating the Drama: Micklegate Bar and the Skinners’ Entry into Jerusalem”.