Professor Alcuin Blamires

Staff details

Position Emeritus Professor of English Literature
Email english (
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7436
Professor Alcuin Blamires

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Language & Literature, University of Oxford, 1968
  • M.Phil in Medieval English Studies, University of Oxford, 1970


Senior lecturer at University of Wales, Lampeter (1970-1999). Appointed Reader at Goldsmiths 1999; appointed professor in 2004.

Research Interests

My major interests are: Chaucer; fourteenth-century English literature; the history and context of medieval debate about women in vernacular and Latin writings; and European medieval romance. Following recent publication on ethical traditions in Chaucer, I am preparing a book on 'shame' in medieval English writings. I have a subsidiary interest in medieval iconography. Engagements for conference papers in the last few years have included Siena, Cardiff, London, Limoges, Swansea, and New York.

Publications and research outputs


Blamires, Alcuin. 2006. Chaucer, Ethics, and Gender. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199248674

Blamires, Alcuin. 2004. The twin demons of aristocratic society in Sir Gowther. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719063191

Blamires, Alcuin and Holian, G.. 2002. The Romance of the Rose Illuminated: Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. ISBN 0866982655

Blamires, Alcuin. 1998. The Case for Women in Medieval Culture. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0198186304

Edited Book

Blamires, Alcuin; Marx, C W and Pratt, Karen, eds. 1992. Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0198710394

Book Section

Blamires, Alcuin. 2010. Medieval Individuality. In: Elaine Treharne and Greg Walker, eds. Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature. Oxford: OUP, pp. 478-495. ISBN 978-0199229123

Blamires, Alcuin. 2010. 'Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde'. In: Corinne Saunders, ed. Companion to Medieval Poetry. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 435-451. ISBN 978-1405159630

Blamires, Alcuin. 2005. 'Sexuality'. In: Steve Ellis, ed. Chaucer: An Oxford Guide. Oxford: OUP, pp. 208-223. ISBN 978-0199259120

Blamires, Alcuin. 2005. 'Women and Creative Intelligence in Medieval Thought'. In: Linda Olson and Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, eds. Voices in Dialogue: Reading Women in the Middle Ages. University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 213-230. ISBN 978-0268037178

Blamires, Alcuin. 2004. The twin demons of aristocratic society in Sir Gowther. In: N. McDonald, ed. Pulp fictions of medieval England: Essays in popular romance. Manchester University Press, pp. 45-62. ISBN 0719063191


Blamires, Alcuin. 2010. 'May in January's Tree: Genealogical Space in The Merchant's Tale'. Chaucer Review, 45(1), pp. 106-117. ISSN 0009-2002

Blamires, Alcuin. 2007. Philosophical Sleaze? The 'strok of thought' in the Miller's Tale and Chaucerian Fabliau. Modern Language Review, 102(3), pp. 621-640. ISSN 00267937