MA Programme

  • The Centre works in tandem with UCL's taught MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS).
    MA Programme

Doctoral studies

A list of some of the possible supervisors and their areas of expertise follows. For an overview of academic staff click here

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Professor Ardis Butterfield

Ardis Butterfield’s research and publications cover three broad areas: Chaucer, the literatures of France and England from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century, and medieval music. Her interests include medieval linguistic identities and multilingualism; nationhood; continental and insular vernacular manuscripts; city writing; and the medieval lyric. Her latest book, /The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language and Nation in the Hundred Years War/ (2009), studies nationhood and the complexly intertwined linguistic and literary identities of English and French throughout the middle ages. It puts forward a different argument about ‘English’ and ‘Englishness’ from what has become the standard trajectory tracking the rise of vernacularity alongside the rise of the nation, most centrally through acknowledging that vernacular in England means French as well as English. 

Currently she is writing a biography of Chaucer, /Chaucer: A London Life/ (forthcoming with I.B. Tauris), editing a new collection of medieval English lyrics for Norton, and preparing an accompanying monograph that will take a cross-disciplinary view of the lyrics’ tri-lingual character (French and Latin as well as English), their remarkably broad-ranging cultural and manuscript contexts and, where it survives, their music. For further information on this project, see*. *With Helen Deeming (Royal Holloway) she has recently co-founded the Medieval Song Network, a collaborative, international project to encourage new interdisciplinary research on the medieval lyric. She is particularly interested in exploring the cross-disciplinary and intermedial potential of song to suggest new ways of understanding how texts and melodies circulated through writing, memory and performance in the medieval period. 

Dr Marilyn Corrie

Marilyn Corrie’s doctorate and first publications focused on the trilingual manuscript culture of England in the thirteenth and early-fourteenth centuries. More recently, she has been working on English literature from the later part of the medieval period. She is currently completing a book on Sir Thomas Malory’s /Morte Darthur/. She would particularly welcome applications from prospective PhD students interested in the literature and literary culture of England in the early- and the late-medieval periods, and from students interested in medieval French (including Anglo-Norman) as well as medieval English literature. Marilyn Corrie has recently edited /A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature /(Wiley-Blackwell, 2009); she has also published on the history of the English language in the Middle English period. 

Professor Susan Irvine

Susan Irvine’s research has focused recently on literature associated with King Alfred’s court at the end of the ninth century. Following the publication of /The Old English Boethius/ (co-edited with Malcolm Godden) in 2009, she is currently working on a new Loeb-style edition of this work, to be published by Harvard University Press in 2011. She is also interested in the prefaces and epilogues to the Alfredian writings, an intriguing and eclectic series of texts which raises important issues relating to genre, the relationship between authorship and authority, and perceptions of poetic and prose style. This research will be published in a chapter to appear in a forthcoming /Companion to King Alfred/, and in an edition bringing together these prefaces and epilogues for the first time. Her research interests also include late Old English manuscripts and their implications for literary activity in English in the transitional period between Old and Middle English (an article on the Peterborough Chronicle is at press), and the style and syntax of Old English poetry (she has written on /Beowulf/, /The Dream of the Rood/, /The Wanderer/, and /The Metres of Boethius/). She would welcome enquiries from graduate students in any of these areas. 

Professor Richard North

Richard North's book on /Beowulf/ (2006) argued not only for a date of composition (826-7) but also for the poet’s identity as Eanmund of Breedon (died c. 848), an abbot who by then had observed the politics of Mercia, a declining royal state, at first hand for more than 10 years and was to do so for another 30. Richard North has also argued that the Icelandic cheftain Sighvatr Sturluson was the author of /Víga-Glúms saga/ (/c/. 1225), and he has edited two Skaldic poems, the /Haustlöng/ of Þjóðólfr of Hvinir (/c/. 900) and the /Húsdrápa/ of Úlfr Uggason (/c/. 995). At the moment he is researching on literary connections between England and Iceland in the eleventh century, in order to make a case for the influence of /Beowulf/ on /The Saga of Grettir the Strong/. He is also researching on /Beowulf/’s influence on the OE poem /Andreas/, as part of /Anglo-Saxon Heroism/ (forthcoming), a collection of articles on heroic ideology which he is hoping to edit with Prof Scott Gwara of the University of South Carolina. With Joe Allard and Patricia Gillies of the University of Essex, he is presently talking to Pearson Education Ltd about editing a sequel (a Reader, dear Reader) to the much-loved /'Beowulf' & Other Stories/ which came out in 2007.


Professor David d'Avray

David d'Avray supervised research over a wide range of themes in religious, social, intellectual and cultural history, as the following list of past and present doctoral topics illustrates: A. Van der Walt, `Bede's Homiliary and Early Medieval Preaching' (U.C.L. Ph.D., 1980); H. Stadler `Textual and literary criticism and Hebrew learning in English Old Testament scholarship, as exhibited by Nicholas Trevet's Expositio litteralis Psalterii and by MS Corpus Christi College (Oxford) 11' (Oxford University M.Litt. thesis, 1989; jointly with Dr. P. Hyams); Fiona Robb, ‘An argument about the Trinity in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries’ (UCL PhD., 1994); Stephen R. Davies, ‘Marriage and the Politics of Friendship: The Family of Charles II of Anjou, King of Naples (1285-1309)’(UCL PhD., 1997); Ruth Horie‘Ecclesia Deo Dedicata: Church and Soul in Late Medieval Dedication Sermons’ (UCL PhD 1998); Catharina van Dort, ‘Ideas about Women in the earliest Dutch vernacular Books. Saints’ Lives, Exempla, and their female Readers’ (UCL PhD. 1998); Anke Holdenried, ‘The Sibylla Tiburtina and its Medieval Audience: Interpretation and Diffusion of the Latin Text’ (UCL PhD, 1998); Hilary Siddons, Virtues, Vices, and Venice (UCL PhD. 2001); Jenifer Dye, The Virgin Mary as Sponsa c. 1100-c. 1400 (UCL PhD. 2001); Gillian Murphy, Monks and Popes. The Legitimation of Deviation from the Benedictine Rule in the Middle Ages (UCL PhD 2001); Sally Dixon-Smith, Feeding the Poor to Commemorate the Dead: The Pro Anima Almsgiving of Henry III of England, 1227-72 (UCL Phd 2002); Catherine Rider, Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages (UCL Ph.D. 2004); Marigold Norbye, The king's blood: royal genealogies, dynastic rivalries and historical culture in the Hundred Years War. A case study of A tous nobles qui aiment beaux faits et bonnes histoires (UCL Ph.D. 2004); Samantha Worby, Kinship in Thirteenth-Century England : the Canon Law in the Common Law (UCL Ph.D. 2005); Kathleen Walker-Meikle, 'Late Medieval Pet Keeping: Gender, Status and Emotions' (UCL PhD, 2007); Ivan Polancec, 'Between Avignon and Rome.The Domestic Papal Court in the Pontificate of Urban V (1362-1370)' (UCL PhD, 2008); Stuart Morgan, 'The Religious Dimensions of English Cistercian Privileges' (UCL PhD, 2008).

Current Ph.D students are working on:

'The Politics of the Cult of the Virgin in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Periods'; 'Origins of Accountability'; 'The Problem of Bodily Continuity in Scholastic Thought'; 'The Office of Vicar General'; 'The Papal Chapel in the Thirteenth Century'.

Dr Sophie Page

Areas of research supervision: *the occult sciences (magic, astrology and alchemy) and their relationships to mainstream religion, natural philosophy, medicine and cosmology; the history of animals and interdisciplinary topics, especially those which incorporate visual evidence. I have previously co-supervised a thesis on 'Pet-keeping and Gender in the Middle Ages' and am currently supervising an AHRC funded thesis: 'All that Glisters is not Gold - Alchemy, Colour and Truth in the Middle Ages'

Dr Antonio Sennis

Areas of PhD Supervision: I would welcome PhD proposals on most aspects of the social, political,cultural and religious history of Western Europe in the period 800-1200 and, particularly, on the writing of history in the Middle Ages; on the relationships between monasteries and elites; on the representations of rulers; on the construction of religious identities; on the rise and development of papal power.

Theses Currently Supervised:

-Perceptions of Ethnicity in England and Francia in the Viking Age

(Katherine Cross, AHRC Funded)

-A Study of Abortion in Late Antique and Early Medieval Europe (Zubin Mistry).

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