Articles and Essays

'The Owl and the Nightingale', in Oxford Bibliographies: Medieval Studies, ed. Paul E. Szarmach (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

'Robin Hood's Rules: Gang-culture in Early Modern Outlaw-Tales?', in Cultural Dynamics 28 (2016) 13–26

'A Debate with Death: John Rudyng's Brass in St Andrew's Church, Biggleswade', in Transactions of the Monumental Brass Society 19/2 (2015) 94–100

'Cultures in Confrontation in BL MS Harley 978', in Language in Medieval Britain: Networks and Exchanges Proceedings of the 2013 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. Mary Carruthers and Christian Steer (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2015), pp. 179–198

'The Werewolf of Wicklow: Shapeshifting and Colonial Identity in the Lai de Melion', in The Materiality of Medieval Romance, ed. Nicholas Perkins (Cambridge: Brewer, 2015), pp. 75–89

'Courtliness in Jeopardy: The Social Consciousness of the Old French jeux-partis', in Ambition and Anxiety: Courts and Courtly Discourse: c. 700-1600, ed. Giles E.M. Gasper and John McKinnell (Toronto: Durham Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies/Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2014), pp. 119–38

[with David P. Baker] 'Manuscripts of the Medieval Latin Debate between Body and Soul ('"Visio Philiberti')', Notes and Queries NS 61 (2014) 196–201

The Norman Conquest and Literary Culture after 1066’, in The Blackwell Companion to British Literature, volume 1: Medieval LIterature 700–1450, ed. Bob DeMaria, Heesok Chang and Samantha Zacher (Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, 2014), pp. 97–113

La3amon’s Ursula and the Influence of Roman Epic’, in Reading La3amon’s Brut: Approaches and Explorations, ed. Rosamund Allen, Jane Roberts and Carole Weinberg (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013), pp. 499–521

Wayward Sons and Failing Fathers: Chaucer’s Moralistic Paternalism – and a Possible Source for the Cook’s Tale’, Chaucer Review 47 (2012) 134–60

Sons of Devils’, in Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance (2012), pp. 219–35

Masters in the Art of Lying? The Literary Relationship between Hugh of Rhuddlan and Walter Map’, Modern Language Review 106 (2011) 1–16

Narrative and Gossip in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde’, in Narrative Developments from Chaucer to Defoe, ed. Gerd Bayer and Ebbe Klitgård (New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 221–34

Nicholas of Guildford and The Owl and the Nightingale’, Medium Ævum 79 (2010) 14–24

Criseyde’s Absent Friends’, Chaucer Review 44 (2010) 227–45

The Owl and the Nightingale and Medieval Debate-poetry’, in A Companion to Medieval Poetry, ed. Corinne Saunders (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), pp. 237–57

'The Fairies in the Fountain: Promiscuous Liaisons?' in The Exploitations of Medieval Romance, ed. Judith Weiss, Ivana Djordjevic and Laura Ashe (Cambridge, 2010), pp. 15–27

Marriage and Chastity in Middle English: [Durham University, Cosin’s Library MS] II.V.14’ in Treasures of Durham University Library, ed. Richard Gameson (London: Third Millennium, 2007), pp. 6869

In the Silence of a Midwinter Night: A Re-evaluation of the Visio Philiberti', Medium Aevum 75 (2006) 2445

‘“Nat that I chalange any thyng of right”: Love, Loyalty and Legality in the Franklin's Tale,’ in Writings on Love in the English Middle Ages, ed. Helen Cooney (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), pp. 115–31

An Intruder at the Feast? Anxiety and Debate in the Letters of Peter of Blois,’ in Writers of the Reign of Henry II, ed. Ruth Kennedy and Simon Meecham-Jones (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), pp. 79–108

Homosexuality and Marriage in a Fifteenth-Century Italian Humanist Comedy: The Debate between Cavichiolus and his Wife,’ Journal of Medieval Latin 15 (2005) 25–66

Marriage, Sexuality and the Family,’ in A Concise Companion to Chaucer, ed. Corinne Saunders, Blackwell Concise Companions to Literature and Culture (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 218–40

Imagining X: a Lost Early Vernacular Miscellany’, in Imagining the Book, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 7, ed. John J. Thompson and Stephen Kelly (Turnhout: Brepols, 2005), pp. 31–44

‘“Therof seyus clerkus”: Slander, Rape and Sir Gowther’, in Cultural Encounters in the Romance of Medieval England, ed. Corinne Saunders (Cambridge: Brewer, 2005), pp. 135-47

The Battle of Shrovetide: Carnival against Lent as a Leitmotif in late medieval culture,’ Viator 35 (2004) 517–42

Sir Orfeo in the Otherworld: Courting Chaos?Studies in the Age of Chaucer 26 (2004) 195–226

The Unknown Pilgrim: Drama and Romance in the Life of St Christina of Markyate,’ in Christina of Markyate: A Twelfth-Century Holy Woman, ed. Henrietta Leyser Samuel Fanous (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 79–98

‘Arnold Bennett’, in The Literary Encyclopedia:, entry 5068 [2500 words]: published 9th November 2004

Festivity, Order and Community in Fourteenth-Century Ireland: the Composition and Contexts of BL MS Harley 913’, Yearbook of English Studies 33 (2003) 33–52

‘“The Only Really Objective Novel Ever Written”? Arnold Bennett’s Riceyman Steps’, Papers on Language & Literature 38 (2002) 115–36

The Canterbury Tales and Cladistics,’ Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 102 (2001) 13550

Aubrey de Bassingbourn, Ida de Beauchamp and the context of the Estrif de deus dames in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Digby 86’, Notes and Queries 245 (2000) 411–14

“Alas I Go with Chylde”: Representations of Extra-Marital Pregnancy in the Middle English Lyric’, English Studies 79 (1998) 395414

The Linguistic Evidence for the Provenance of The Owl and the Nightingale’, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 99 (1998) 249–68

Misogyny in a Medieval University? The “Hoc contra malos” Commentary on Walter Map’s Dissuasio Valerii’, Journal of Medieval Latin 8 (1998) 156–91

A Note on “The Owl and the Nightingale”, line 1342’, Notes and Queries 243 (1998) 22

The Composition and Social Context of MSS Jesus College Oxford 29 (II) and BL Cotton Caligula A.ix’, Medium Ævum 66 (1997) 250–69

Orthographical variation in the Middle English lyrics of BL MS Cotton Caligula A.ix’, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 98 (1997) 253–59

The Source of John Lydgate’s “The Churl and the Bird”’, Notes and Queries 242 (1997) 22–24

A Note on “The Owl and the Nightingale”, line 1539’, Notes and Queries 242 (1997) 21–22

The Date of The Owl and the Nightingale’, Medium Ævum 65 (1996) 230–47


Essays and Articles Complete and Forthcoming

'Debate-Poetry' – 'The Owl and the Nightingale' – 'Durham' – entries in The Encyclopedia of British Medieval Literature, ed. Sîan Echard and Robert Rouse (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)



Reviews (Published and Forthcoming)

Fiona Somerset and Nicholas Watson (eds), Truth and Tales: Cultural Mobility and Medieval Media (Columbus: Ohio UP, 2015), in Review of English Studies 67 (2016) 167–68

Helen Barr, Transporting Chaucer (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2014), in Literature & History, 24/1 (2015) 73–75

Martha Bayless, Sin and Filth in Medieval Culture: The Devil in the Latrine (New York 2012), in Medium Ævum 83 (2014) 306–307

Jonathan B. Himes, The Old English Epic of Waldere (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2009), in Medium Ævum 83 (2014) 324–25

R.F. Yeager (ed./trans.), John Gower: The French Balades (Kalamazoo: TEAMS, 2011); Elisabeth Dutton et al. (ed.), John Gower, Trilingual Poet: Language, Translation and Tradition (Cambridge: Brewer, 2010) in Medium Ævum 82 (2013) 157–58

Douglas Gray, ed., From the Norman Conquest to the Black Death: An Anthology of Writings from England (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2011), in Medium Ævum 82 (2013) 370

David Jones, trans., Friars' Tales: Thirteenth-Century Exempla from the British Isles: Selected Sources Translated and Annotated with an Introduction (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2011) in Medium Ævum 81 (2012) 366

Alistair Minnis, Fallible Authors: Chaucer’s Pardoner and Wife of Bath (Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania, 2008), in Medium Ævum 79 (2010) 138–39

Source of Wisdom: Old English and Early Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Thomas D. Hill, ed. Charles D. Wright, Frederick M. Biggs and Thomas N. Hall (Toronto: U of Toronto , 2007), in Modern Language Review 105 (2010) 213–214

Conor McCarthy, Marriage in Medieval England: Law, Literature and Practice (Cambridge: Brewer, 2004), in Medium Ævum (2008) 361–62

Klaus Dietz, Schreibung und Lautung im mittelalterlichen Englisch (Heidelberg: Winter, 2006), in Medium Ævum 77 (2008) 184

Kenneth J. Tiller, La3amon’s ‘Brut’ and the Anglo-Norman Vision of History (Cardiff: U of Wales P, 2007), in Medium Ævum 77 (2008) 338–39

Christopher Cannon, The Grounds of English Literature (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004), in Medium Ævum 76 (2007) 122–23

Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe and Andy Orchard, Latin Learning and English Lore: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature for Michael Lapidge (Toronto and London: University of Toronto Press, 2005), in Medium Ævum 75 (2006) 323

Andrew Taylor, Textual Situations: Three Medieval Manuscripts and Their Readers (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), in Modern Language Review 99 (2004) 453

Judith Weiss, Jennifer Fellows and Morgan Dickson, eds., Medieval Insular Romance: Translation and Innovation (Cambridge: Brewer, 2000), in Studies in the Age of Chaucer 25 (2003) 445–47

Kathryn Jacobs, Marriage Contracts from Chaucer to the Renaissance Stage (Gainesville FL: UP of Florida, 2001), in Medium Ævum 71 (2002) 334–35

Irma Taavitsainen, Terttu Nevalainen, Päivi Pahta and Matti Rissanen, eds, Placing Middle English in Context, Topics in English Linguistics 35 (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2000), in Notes and Queries 247 (2002) 118–19

Karma Lochrie, Covert Operations: The Medieval Uses of Secrecy (Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1999), in Medium Ævum 70 (2001) 137–38

J.A. Burrow and Thorlac Turville-Petre, eds, A Book of Middle English, 2nd edn (Oxford, Blackwell, 1996), in Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 99 (1998) 230–32

O.S. Pickering, ed., Individuality and Achievement in Middle English Poetry (Cambridge, Brewer: 1997), in Notes and Queries 243 (1998) 105

J.A. Burrow, Medieval Writers and Their Work: Middle English Literature 1100-1500 (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1997), in Notes and Queries 243 (1998) 413

Peter Biller and A.J. Minnis, eds, Medieval Theology and the Natural Body (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 1997), in Medium Ævum 67 (1998) 362



Other Publications

'Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance', a short essay in The Medieval Herald 11 (2012)

‘Macbeth’, a short critical essay [1000 words] on Macbeth, CD-ROM (London: BBC Publishing/ HarperCollins, 1995)




Neil Cartlidge