The Oxford English Faculty has an unparalleled number of permanent and research staff working in the medieval period, c. 650-1550, on all aspects of literature and culture. It is a world-class environment for work in the field, which attracts the very best international and UK students, and offers them uniquely rich resources for medieval study. We offer a choice of one and two-year taught post-graduate degrees, internationally recognised for their high level of skills and professional training; and we actively encourage applicants to join us directly as research students on the DPhil. We can offer supervision in all fields of medieval literature, with particular areas of expertise highlighted below and on individual members' webpages.  

Key research areas include Old English prose and verse; Anglo-Latin literature; Old Norse literature; post-Conquest literature and the French of England; insular, continental, early and late romance; Arthurian literature; Chaucer; Middle English mystics and mysticism; Middle Scots writing; manuscript study, the material text and the history of reading; early printing; political and cultural history in literary forms and practice; historiography, religious writing and controversy, and theology; translation debates; lyrics; late medieval intellectual history.

Fontes Anglo-Saxonici: written sources used by Anglo-Saxon authors.


Other information:

Details of the wealth of medieval research and teaching in Oxford across many disciplines are available at the Oxford Medieval Studies site.

Medieval storytelling: two of our DPhil students, Hannah Ryley and Gareth Evans, are running an AHRC-funded student outreach project on the art of storytelling. See the video of their recent workshop, and their website.

Oxford academics Vincent Gillespie, Helen Spencer and Daniel Wakelin direct the Early English Text Society, which has been publishing scholarly editions of medieval English works since 1864. Oxford also hosted the first conference of The Early English Text Society in May 2010, for which conference proceedings are available, and to celebrate that Society’s 150th anniversary, a workshop for graduate students in textuality and editing, in Oxford in May 2014. Follow EETS' tweets.

Simon Horobin (Hon. Sec.), Mishtooni Bose (Vice-President), and Liv Robinson (Exec. Officer) are all involved in Medium Aevum, the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. The society offers a number of travel bursaries to research students and early career scholars.

Laura Ashe and Daniel Wakelin were on the Programme Board of the 20th Biennial New Chaucer Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland, 16-20 July 2014; some fourteen graduate students and Faculty members presented papers and chaired sessions.

Nicholas Perkins curated the Bodleian online exhibition The Romance of the Middle Ages, which is full of multimedia resources. 

Vincent Gillespie is a series editor of Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies.

Laura Ashe is one of the editors of New Medieval Literatures.

Numerous faculty members, including Stuart Lee, Elizabeth Solopova, Carolyne Larrington, Laura Ashe, Daniel Wakelin, and Anna Caughey have contributed podcasts about their research in medieval topics to the Oxford Open Education zone.

Stuart Lee runs Project Woruldhord, 4000+ crowd-sourced items on Anglo-Saxon studies.

Francis Leneghan and Helen Appleton are co-organisers of The Oxford Psalms Network, an interdisciplinary research group hosted by TORCH and devoted to the study of all aspects of the Psalms.


Oxford English Faculty members on In Our Time

  • Current events and seminars

Oxford Medieval Studies Seminar and Events Programme Hilary 2016 - the full programme across all faculties, showcasing the huge variety of work in and across all disciplines. Oxford Medieval Studies is hosted at TORCH.


  • Forthcoming events and conferences

Call for Papers: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443 to 1517 St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 28-30 June 2017


  • Some past events and conferences

Conquest: 1016, 1066, Ioannou Centre, Oxford, 21-24 July 2016. See also the Facebook group.

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages, 11-12 September 2015, St Anne's College, Oxford

Transforming Scripture: Biblical Translations and Adaptations in Old and Middle English, 29-31 May 2014, St Anne's College, Oxford

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