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Nicholas Perkins

Nicholas Perkins
College:
St Hugh's
Research Interests:
Medieval

After studying for an undergraduate degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge, Dr Nicholas Perkins moved into the later medieval period for his graduate research, which centred around the early fifteenth-century bureaucrat, poet and melancholic Thomas Hoccleve. He still works on aspects of Hoccleve’s writing and political literature in the late middle ages. His other research interests include manuscripts and readers of Middle English poetry, the uses that medieval writers made of the Bible, and a current major project on gifts and narratives in the medieval period. He curated an exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, called The Romance of the Middle Ages, and hosted the 2012 Romance in Medieval Britain conference. He is also interested in modern creative responses to the medieval past.

Recent Publications

  • The Romance of the Middle Ages (written with Alison Wiggins; Oxford: Bodleian Publications, 2012)
  • 'Ekphrasis and Narrative in Emaré and Sir Eglamour of Artois', in Medieval Romance, Medieval Contexts, ed. Rhiannon Purdie and Michael Cichon (Cambridge: Brewer, 2011), pp. 47–60
  • ‘Biblical Allusion and Prophetic Authority in Gildas’s De excidio Britanniae’, The Journal of Medieval Latin 20 (2010), 78–112
  • ‘Writing, Authority, and Bureaucracy', in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature, ed. Greg Walker and Elaine Treharne (Oxford: OUP, 2010), pp. 68–89
  • Anglo-Saxon Culture and the Modern Imagination (ed. with David Clark; Cambridge: Brewer, 2010)
  • ‘Haunted Hoccleve? The Regiment of Princes, the Troilean Intertext, and Conversations with the Dead', Chaucer Review 43 (2008), 103–39
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1 The Romance of the Middle Ages

Dr Nicholas Perkins talks about how romance functions as a genre in the middle ages, especially...

Nicholas Perkins
2 Why should we study medieval romance?

Dr Nicholas Perkins of St Hugh's College, Oxford, discusses his current research and...

Nicholas Perkins, Sarah Wilkin