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Jenni Hyde


Jenni Hyde is Associate Vice-President of the Historical Association. A folk singer, classically-trained soprano and former music teacher, she has a PhD in history from Manchester University and a PGCE in music from Edge Hill University. Her research focuses on early modern England and, in particular, the ways in which sixteenth-century political and religious upheavals were reported in ballads. She has published in journals and popular magazines. Singing the News is her first monograph.

Subjects: History, Literature, Music

Biography

Jenni Hyde is Associate Vice-President of the Historical Association. She completed her first degree  in history at the University of Manchester and then a PGCE in music from Edge Hill University. After a few years of teaching music in a challenging inner-city secondary school, she took a prolonged baby sabbatical and then returned to Manchester University to complete her doctoral research on mid-Tudor ballads. She is Honorary Researcher in History at Lancaster University; Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton; and Associate Tutor at Liverpool Hope University and Edge Hill University.

Her research combines her twin passions – history and music. It focusses on the cultural, social and political history of early modern England and, in particular, the ways in which the political and religious upheavals of the sixteenth century were reported and rationalised in ballads. She has published articles for both journals and popular magazines, not just on sixteenth-century England but also on the Spanish conquest of the Americas and the local history of north-west England. Singing the News: Ballads in Mid-Tudor England is her first monograph.

As a former teacher, Jenni loves sharing history with others.  She has taught undergraduate courses on the Tudors and Stuarts, witchcraft and twentieth-century Europe, and gives regular A-level lectures on early modern English history.  She has recently begun to write GCSE revision podcasts for Audiopi.  Jenni also enjoys speaking to groups of the general public, often through her work with the Historical Association but also to groups such as the Women’s Institute.

Jenni is a classically-trained soprano; her voice was once described as ‘pure bel canto’ by the acclaimed voice teacher Barbara Robotham, and her current singing teacher is the international soloist and Hallé Choir vocal coach, Margaret MacDonald.  As a teenager, she was offered a choral scholarship to Selwyn College, Cambridge.  As well as her experience of singing with choirs and as a soloist, Jenni enjoys performing on the folk scene.  She recorded a full length CD, Aisling’s Dream, with her former trio, Triptych.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Jenni is interested in early modern English history and her current research focuses on sixteenth-century English ballads.  As a singer herself,  she is able to highlight the musical dimension of popular song and its interplay with other forms of literature and music. She investigates the ballad's role in an oral culture, where it was perfectly placed to spread news and information as well as gossip and rumour during a time when there was no reliable and regular alternative means of finding out about current affairs.

    Jenni also has an interest in digital humanities, and has combined this with an interest in sixteenth-century popular religious history to develop a research project on the persecution of Protestants during the reign of Mary I and her husband, Philip of Spain.

    As part her undergraduate degree at Manchester University, Jenni completed a first-class dissertation on the transmission of culture in Aztec Mexico and the impact of the Spanish conquest.   She used this as the basis for her first publication, an article for the Historical Association magazine, and retains a strong interest in the subject.

    Jenni is a qualified teacher and has taught GCSE music as well as history, English literature, English language and drama.

Personal Interests

    Jenni's main interest outside history is, of course, music.  She grew up listening to Irish and Scottish folk music and later took an active part in the folk scene herself, both solo and with her trio, Triptych.  She has recently made an informal return to folk music, singing with her family.  Jenni is also a classically-trained soprano who has sung for many years in parish church choirs and as a soloist across the north west of England.  

    Jenni's wider interests include needlework, baking, reading, gardening and birdwatching.

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Singing the News, Hyde - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Literature Compass

Verse Epitaphs and the Memorialisation of Women in Reformation England


Published: Nov 04, 2016 by Literature Compass
Authors: Jenni Hyde
Subjects: History, Literature, Music, Religion

This article surveys 21st century historiographical debates in order to contextualise women's verse epitaphs during the sixteenth century. In particular, it looks to the broadside literature that was the epitome of cheap print as a means of reflecting popular religious attitudes. It shows how several verse epitaphs of prominent women in Tudor society highlight issues of continuity and change in religious beliefs surrounding the memorialisation of pious women and the role of the supernatural.

Literature Compass

Teaching and Learning Guide to 'Verse Epitaphs and the Memorialisation of Women


Published: Nov 04, 2016 by Literature Compass
Authors: Jenni Hyde
Subjects: Education, History, Literature, Music, Religion

Advice on how to use the article 'Verse Epitaphs and the Memorialisation of Women'

Notes and Queries

William Elderton's Ladie Marques Identified


Published: Dec 01, 2015 by Notes and Queries
Authors: Jenni Hyde
Subjects: History, Music

In 1569, William Elderton published A proper new balad in praise of my Ladie Marques, Whose death is bewailed, To the tune of New lusty gallant . The identity of Elderton’s ‘Ladie Marques’ has been the subject of speculation for many years because the epitaph lacks one important detail: the marchioness’s name. This article identifies the woman in question.

The Historian

Out and About in Bolton: Industrial Revelation


Published: Feb 06, 2011 by The Historian
Authors: Jenni Hyde; David Clayton
Subjects: History

Despite its old name of Bolton-le-Moors, the history of Bolton is tied up with the Industrial Revolution. Its population grew from 17,000 inhabitants in 1801 to nearly 181,000 in 1911. It is well known that the damp climate of England's north west was perfectly suited to the textile industry, and the area's ties with the great and even the good of industry could not be tighter. This article investigates the industrial and other heritage of this important north-west town.

The Historian

Culture Shock: The Arrival of the Conquistadores in Aztec Mexico


Published: Feb 06, 2009 by The Historian
Authors: Jenni Hyde
Subjects: History

An article which investigates the transmission of culture in Aztec Mexico and the impact of the Spanish conquest.

Photos

Videos

Performance of Steven Peele's 1570 ballad at the John Rylands Library 'The Refor

Published: Jul 10, 2019

Performance of Steven Peele's 1570 ballad 'A Letter to Rome to Declare to the Pope John Felton his Friend is Hanged in a Rope' at the John Rylands Library 'The Reformation: Who Gives a Fig?' event, 31 October 2017.

Waltzing's For Dreamers, with Anne Hyde

Published: Mar 01, 2018

Singing Richard Thompson's Waltzing's For Dreamers, with Anne Hyde

The Ballad of Constant Susanna

Published: Jul 10, 2019

The opening verses of The Ballad of Constant Susanna, performed at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, as part of 'The Reformation: Who Gives a Fig?', 31 October 2017

Jenni Hyde in conversation with Nathan Booth

Published: Jun 10, 2015

Jenni Hyde in conversation with Nathan Booth about her PhD research on mid-Tudor ballads, recorded by the University of Manchester.

Troll on Away

Published: Nov 10, 2018

Extracts from the anti-Cromwell ballad, Troll on Away, recorded at the John Rylands Library 'The Reformation: Who Gives a Fig?' event.