Charles Roe

Charles Roe


I am interested in the use of language to articulate mystery in late medieval England, through our surviving manuscripts.

My PhD thesis is based around a corpus of ten devotional books written in the Anglo-Norman dialect of French between 1370 and 1430, a period during which this dialect is generally thought to have faded into obselescence. It uses these manuscripts as point of departure to explore the attention English writers and readers continued to pay to work composed in this unusual French dialect and its long tradition, even in a period more famous for the development of writing in English. This involves persistent attention to the space Anglo-Norman is able to claim between the prominent languages of English and Latin, in relation to the local and specific demands on written attempts to support participation in the sacred life of the church.

Research interests



  • Translations and notes for Thomas Bradwardine's Sermo epinicius, Laurence Minot's 'Sir David had of his men grete loss', the Percy folio Durham Feilde, Latin verse On the Death of Edward III, and poems from the Calais anonymous in The Battle of Neville's Cross: A Casebook, ed. by Trevor Russell Smith (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press) [under contract]
  • 'Poetics in the Work of Robert Grosseteste', in The Ordered Human: The Purpose and Method of Learning in the Philosophy of Robert Grosseteste, ed. by Jack Cunningham and Steve Puttick [forthcoming]
  • 'Imagining Grosseteste in the Chasteu d'amur', in Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and his Legacy, ed. by Giles Gasper et al. [forthcoming].


Conference Papers, Seminars, and Other Activities


  • 'Imagining Grosseteste in the Chasteu d'amur', Science, Imagination and Wonder: Robert Grosseteste and his Legacy, Pembroke College, Unversity of Oxford, 2018
  • Contributor to the Ordered Human Project, exploring Robert Grosseteste's development of pedagogy and epistemology, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, 2017-
  • 'Style and Exclusion in the Mirour de seinte eglyse', Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2017
  • International Itinerant Palaeographic School fellow, Bari and Florence, 2017
  • 'St Edmund of Abingdon: Authority, Sanctity, and the Landscape', Lords and the Landscape 800-1300, University of Oxford, 2017
  • Participant in COST Action IS1301 Training School on 'Late Medieval and Early Modern Book Culture', Athenaeum Library, Deventer, 2016
  • ‘The Mirour de seinte eglyse: ‘rudement endité’?, Pastoralia in the Late Middle Ages: Teaching, Translation, Transmission, University of Kent, 2016
  • ‘Anglo-Norman Catechesis as a Discipline’, English Graduate Conference: Discipline and Excess, University of Cambridge, 2016
  • ‘The Value of the Vulgate Cycle in High Medieval England’, English Graduate Conference, University of Oxford, 2015
  • ‘King Arthur’s Godliness’, Medieval French Seminar, University of Oxford, 2015
  • ‘The Vulgate Cycle and the Vernacular in High Medieval England’, Medieval Church and Culture Seminar, University of Oxford, 2015


Member of the Leeds Medieval Group steering committee


Undergraduate Teaching


School of English level 1

  • Poetry: Reading and Interpretation

School of English level 2

  • Renaissance Literature (1580-1630)


Postgraduate Teaching


MA Medieval History and Medieval Studies

  • Module assistant for beginners and intermediate Latin




  • Arthur Cawley Scholarship Prize, for PhD research in medieval literature in the School of English, 2016- 
  • Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship, 2016-2020
  • Junior Paget Toynbee Prize in Old French, University of Oxford, 2014
  • Mason Lowance Prize, in honour of John Creaser, for outstanding performance in the second year of the Honours School of English at Mansfield College, Oxford, 2013
  • Mason Lowance Prize, in memory of Malcolm Parkes, for best distinction level performance in English Prelims at Mansfield College, Oxford, 2012
  • Academic Scholarship, University of Oxford, 2012 




  • BA English language and literature, course II in early language and literature, University of Oxford
  • MSt Medieval Studies, University of Oxford