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Laura Ashe

Dr Laura Ashe works on the literature, history and culture of England during the High Middle Ages, c. 1000-1400. Her research has been focused on the multiple languages of English literature after the Conquest – Latin, French, and emergent Middle English – and on the social, political, legal, and cultural developments involved in this time of great change. Her first book, 'Fiction and History in England, 1066-1200' (2007), was a study of the emerging ideologies of English national identity, the genres of romance and chronicle, and the colonial discourses of the English in medieval Ireland. She co-edited 'The Exploitations of Medieval Romance' (2010), and has written a variety of articles on the birth and development of the romance genre in England and France. Her current major project is volume one of the new 'Oxford English Literary History (1000-1350)', which aims to give meaningful shape and coherence to a relatively under-studied, but important and complex, period of literary history. Other more disparate projects include co-editing a cross-period volume on war and conflict, and writing various papers on crusading and chivalry, language and multilingualism, and early modern reflections on medieval and mythical history.

Series featuring Laura Ashe

  • Challenging the Canon
  • The Bodleian Libraries (BODcasts)
# Episode Title Description People Date
2 Creative Commons Why should we study Chaucer? Dr Laura Ashe of Worcester College, Oxford, discusses her current research and proposes why we should still study Chaucer. Laura Ashe, Ilana Lassman 31 Jul 2013
1 Creative Commons The Birth of Romance in England Dr Laura Ashe delivers a lecture on the birth of romance in England in the 12th Century, part of a series of lectures to accompany The Romance of the Middle Ages exhibition at the Bodleian Library. Laura Ashe 23 Feb 2012