Charles Roe

Charles Roe


I’m interested in the relationship between literature, religion, and mythology. I mostly teach on the medieval and Renaissance period papers, but have also led first-year seminars on poetry and Latin seminars on the MA in Medieval Studies.

Research interests

My PhD thesis looks at the way Chaucer and his contemporary fellow Londoner, John Gower, write about religion and mythology. I suggest that Chaucer and Gower each developed their poetic voice through a balancing act which involved paying attention to the demands on public speech in medieval London and an ancient tradition that poets distort the truth. 


  • 'Robert Grosseteste and the Theory of Learning: The Ordered Human, Robert Grosseteste, and Poetry', in Robert Grosseteste and Theories of Education: The Ordered Human, ed. by Jack Cunningham and Steve Puttick (London: Routledge, 2019)
  • Translations of Latin texts and notes for The Battle of Neville's Cross: A Casebook, ed. by Trevor Russell Smith (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press) [under contract]

Conference Papers, Seminars, and Other Activities

  • 'Literary Language and English Identity in John Gower's Mirour de l'omme', Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2019
  • 'The Work of the Parson's Tale', Bennial London Chaucer Conference, 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


  • 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