Professor Laura Ashe BA, MA, MPhil, PhD
Professor Laura Ashe teaches medieval literature, covering the early medieval period with first years (650-1350), and the later Middle Ages (1350-1550) and Shakespeare with second years, together with all kinds of specialist medieval topics in second and third year options. She also co-teaches a cross-period course on 'Tragedy' from ancient Greece to the present day.
Her research specialism is the literature, history and culture of the period c.1000-1400, and the multilingual literatures of post-Conquest England, including romance, hagiography and chronicle in English, French, and Latin.
Professor Ashe is the author of the new Oxford English Literary History vol. 1: 1000-1350: Conquest and Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2017); one of the Penguin Monarchs series, Richard II (Allen Lane, 2016); an edited anthology of medieval writings, Early Fiction in England: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer (Penguin Classics, 2015), and Fiction and History in England, 1066-1200 (Cambridge University Press, 2007). She is one of the editors of New Medieval Literatures, and has written numerous articles on chivalry, romance, kingship, saints, and historiography. She regularly appears on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time.