Charles Roe

Charles Roe


I specialise in late medieval English literature, composed in English, French, and Latin. I'm particularly interested in the places where religious writing and fiction meet and the ways that the kinds of belief they anticipate overlap with one another.

My PhD thesis explores the way fourteenth-century writers of fiction like Chaucer, Gower, Langland, and the Gawain poet return to an earlier tradition of religious writing in Anglo-Norman French and incorporate its models and demands into their fiction, without simply fictionalising it.

I also maintain a steady research interest in Thomas Malory, the legacy of French romance in England, and medieval English multilingualism more generally.

Research interests


  • Translations of Thomas Bradwardine's Sermo epinicius, Latin verse On the Death of Edward III, and poems from the Calais anonymous, with notes on Laurence Minot's 'Sir David had of his men grete loss'  and the Percy folio Durham Feilde, for 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

  • 'Literary Language and English Identity in John Gower's Mirour de l'omme', Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2019
  • 'Anthoine Vérard: Redemption and Pre-Emption', Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2018
  • '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, University of Oxford
  • MSt Medieval Studies, University of Oxford