Professor Rosalind Brown-Grant

Professor Rosalind Brown-Grant


I graduated in French and Italian from the University of Manchester in 1986 and was awarded my PhD, on the works in defence of women by the late medieval author Christine de Pizan, from the University of Manchester in 1994. My specialist teaching at undergraduate level is on the history of the French language and medieval French literature, and at postgraduate level on medieval debates on gender and the body.



  • Grant Advisor for LCS

Research interests

My research has focused to date on four main areas: Christine de Pizan, late medieval French romance, Burgundian historical writing, and text/image relations in late medieval French literature.

In the first of these areas, I published a monograph, Christine de Pizan and the Moral Defence of Women: Reading beyond Gender (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), a translation of Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies (Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1999), and many articles including, most recently:

  • "Christine de Pizan: feminist linguist avant la lettre?", in Christine de Pizan 2000: Studies in Honour of Angus J. Kennedy, ed. John Campbell and Nadia Margolis (Amsterdam; Rodopi, 2000), pp. 65-76.
  • "Writing beyond gender: Christine de Pizan's linguistic strategies in the defence of women", in Contexts and Continuities: Proceedings of the IVth International Colloquium on Christine de Pizan (Glasgow 21-27 July 2000), published in honour of Liliane Dulac, ed. Angus J. Kennedy, with Rosalind Brown-Grant, James C. Laidlaw and Catherine M. Mller, 3 vols (Glasgow: University of Glasgow Press, 2002), vol. I, pp. 155-70.
  • "Mirroring the court: Clerkly advice to noble men and women in the works of Philippe de Mzires and Christine de Pizan", in Courtly Literature and Clerical Culture: Selected Papers from the Tenth Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, Universität Tbingen, Deutschland 28. Juli-3. August 2001, ed. Christoph Huber and Henrike Lähnemann (Tübingen: Attempto Verlag, 2002), pp. 39-56.
  • "Christine de Pizan as a defender of women", in Christine de Pizan: A Casebook, ed. Barbara K. Altmann and Deborah L. McGrady (New York and London: Routledge, 2002), pp. 81-100.

In the second of these research areas, I have published a monograph entitled French Romance of the Later Middle Ages: Gender, Morality, and Desire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008). This project was supported by a Major Research Fellowship awarded by the Leverhulme Trust from October 2004-October 2006. In addition to a co-authored critical edition (with Marie-Claude de Crécy) of a fifteenth-century romance (Paris et Vienne, Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2015), the following articles have also arisen from this research project:

  • "Learning to be a good husband: competing masculine identities in the Roman du Comte d'Artois", Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales (XIIIe-XVe siècles), 9 (2002), pp. 179-197.
  • "Les rapports de force dans la liaison amoureuse chez Christine de Pizan, Alain Chartier et Antoine de La Sale", in L'Analisi Linguistica e Letteraria, 12 (2004), Actes du IIeme Colloque International sur la Littérature en Moyen Français, ed. Sergio Cigada, Anna Slerca, Giovanna Bellati, Monica Barsi (Milan: Pubblicazioni dell'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore),  pp. 593-611.
  • "Ré-écritures de récits d'inceste: Jehan Wauquelin et la légende de la 'fille aux mains coupées", in Jean Wauquelin, de Mons la cour de Bourgogne, ed. Marie-Claude de Crécy, with Gabriella Parussa and Sandrine Hériché- Pradeau (Turnhout: Brepols, 2006), pp. 111-122.
  • "Gérard de Nevers: a Roman de la Violette moralisé? Mise en prose and the revalorisation of the courtly lady in the 'cycle de la gageure"', in Essays in later medieval French literature. The legacy of Jane H. M. Taylor, ed. Rebecca Dixon, Durham Modern Languages Series (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009), pp. 21-34.
  • 'Mise en prose et remise en question du rôle de l'amour dans la formation de l'identité chevaleresque: l'exemple de Blancandin', in Mettre en prose aux XIVe-XVIe sicles, ed. Maria Colombo Timelli, Barbara Ferrari, Anne Schoysman (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), pp. 87-96.
  •  "The three versions of Paris et Vienne", Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistes (XIIIe-XVe s.), 20, (2010), pp. 59-70.

The third of these research areas is the topic of Narration as Commemoration in Fifteenth-Century Burgundian Historical Writing, which was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the form of funding for research leave taken from February - June 2010.  In connection with this project, I was a participant in the Voices in Medieval French Narrative Symposium organised by Dr Helen Swift and Dr Sophie Marnette at the University of Oxford from September 2008 - September 2009, which was funded by the British Academy.  In addition to papers on this research topic given at this symposium and at the Cambridge Medieval Seminar (October 2010), the following articles in this field have been published:

  • "Narrrative style in Burgundian chronicles of the later Middle Ages", Viator, 42,2 (2011), pp. 233-82.
  • "Narrative voice and hybrid style in chivalric biography", Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistes (XIIIe-XVe s.), 22 (2011), pp. 25-41.
  • "Narrative style in Burgundian prose romances of the later Middle Ages", Romania, 130/2  (2012), 130/2 (2012), pp. 355-406.
  • "Commemorating the chivalric hero: text, image, violence and memory in the Livre des fais de messire Jacques de Lalaing’, in Commemorating Violence: The Writing of History in the Francophone Middle Ages, ed. Noah Guynn and Zrinka Stahuljak (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2013), pp. 169-86.

In the fourth of these research areas, I am currently embarked on a number of projects concerning text/image relations in late medieval French literature.

  • I was co-organiser with Dr Rebecca Dixon of the Text/Image Relations in Late Medieval French Culture (14th c. -16th c.) research network which was funded by the British Academy and held a series of symposia at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute from January 2011 to January 2012: see This collaboration led to the following publication: Text/Image Relations in Medieval French and Burgundian Culture (Fourteenth-Sixteenth Centuries), ed. Rosalind Brown-Grant and Rebecca Dixon (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), 267 pp.
  • During 2011-12, I was a Research Fellow at LE STUDIUM, Institute of Advanced Studies, Loire Valley, France, I began working on a project on the representation of justice in manuscripts of the Burgundian artist known as the Wavrin Master. Interim publications on this topic include:
    • "Le rapt et le rapport texte/image dans les manuscrits du remaniement bourguignon de La Fille du Comte de Ponthieu", in Rapts. Réalités et imaginaire du Moyen âge aux Lumières, ed. Gabriele Vickermann-Ribémont and Myriam White-Le Goff (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014), pp. 49-70.
    • "How to wield power with Justice: The fifteenth-century Roman de Florimont as a Burgundian “mirror for princes”’, in Textual and Visual Representations of Power and Justice in Medieval France: Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, ed. Rosalind Brown-Grant, Anne D. Hedeman and Bernard Ribémont (Farnham, Surrey/ Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 43-63.
    • "Personal drama or chivalric spectacle? The reception of the Roman d’Olivier de Castille in the illuminations of the Wavrin Master and Loyset Liédet’, in Text/Image Relations in Medieval French and Burgundian Culture (Fourteenth-Sixteenth Centuries), ed. Rosalind Brown-Grant and Rebecca Dixon (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), pp. 123-139.
    • "Visualising justice in Burgundian prose romance: The Roman de Gérard de Nevers illuminated by the Wavrin Master and Loyset Liédet", Gesta, 57, 1 (2018), pp. 69-93. 
  • From June 2018 to June 2019, I was on study leave, funded by two Senior Research Fellowships awarded from the Leverhulme Trust (June 2018-January 2019) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (February-June 2019) in order to complete this project on the Wavrin Master. The resulting monograph, entitled VIsualizing Justice in Burgundian Prose Romance: Text and Image in Manuscripts of the Wavrin Master, is due to appear in summer 2020 and will be published by Brepols in their Burgundica series. 
  • I was Principal Investigator of the Power and the Paratext in Medieval Manuscript Culture research consortium funded by LE STUDIUM, which held four week-long meetings from June 2014-June 2017. The major publication to emerge from this collaboration is the co-edited collection of essays entitled Inscribing Knowledge in the Medieval Book: The Power of Paratexts, Berlin: De Gruyter, which is forthcoming in late 2019.

My current new research project (from summer 2019), which builds on work done in my third area of interest on Burgundian historical writing, is a scholarly translation into English of The Book of the Deeds of Jacques de Lalaing, in collaboration with Dr Mario Damen (University of Amsterdam), which will be published by Boydell.

Related to this new project, I am PI, with Dr Mario Damen as Co-I, on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research network entitled “The Joust as Performance: Pas d’armes and Late Medieval Chivalry” (awarded October 2019). This network will run from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022 and will involve two workshops held at Leeds in March 2021 and March 2022, as well as sessions at the International Medieval Congress in July 2021 and July 2022. Network members are: Dr Nils Bock (University of Münster), Dr Catherine Blunk (Drury University), Dr Thalia Brero (University of Geneva), Dr Guillaume Bureaux (University of Rouen), Prof. Anne D. Hedeman (University of Kansas), Dr Ralph Moffat (Glasgow Museums), Dr Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds), Prof. Christina Normore (Northwestern University), Prof. Dr Klaus Oschema (RUB Bochum), Dr Justin Sturgeon (University of West Florida), Prof. Michelle Szkilnik (University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle), Dr Craig Taylor (University of York), Dr Karen Watts (Musée du Louvre/Royal Armouries Museum).

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Student education

I could offer research supervision in: all aspects of medieval literature, manuscript studies, text/image relations, gender/sexuality in the Middle Ages. At Level 1, I offer teaching on the history of the French Language from its origins to the present day.

At Level 2, I offer an introduction to the study of Medieval French Literature through a range of texts from the 12th and 13th centuries (lyric poetry, fabliaux, romance, lays, chantefable).

At Level 3, I offer specialised teaching on the Medieval French Romance from the 12th to the 15th centuries.

At MA level, I contribute to courses on the Medieval Body for the Institute for Medieval Studies.

Research groups and institutes

  • French
  • Gender
  • Heritage

Current postgraduate researchers

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