Professor Ros Brown-Grant

Professor Ros Brown-Grant

Professor of Late Medieval French Literature

+44 (0)113 343 3491

Summary: All aspects of medieval literature; manuscript studies; iconography; gender/sexuality in the Middle Ages


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.


I could offer research supervision in: all aspects of medieval literature, manuscript studies, text/image relations, gender/sexuality in the Middle Ages. 


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. Müller, 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 Mézières and Christine de Pizan", in Courtly Literature and Clerical Culture: Selected Papers from the Tenth Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, Universität Tübingen, 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 Crecy) 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 IIème 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 à 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 siècles, 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 (French, University of Leeds) of the Text/Image Relations in Late Medieval French Culture (14th c. -16th c.) research network which is funded by the British Academy and has 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, working on a project on Textual and Visual Representations of Law, Literature and Power in Late Medieval French Romances Illustrated by the Wavrin Master, which will culminate in a major monograph to be completed in 2019. 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. 
  • I am currently Principal Investigator for the Power and the Paratext in Medieval Manuscript Culture research consortium funded by LE STUDIUM, which has held four week-long meetings since June 2014. The major publication to emerge from this collaboration is the co-edited collection of essays Inscribing Knowledge in the Medieval Book: Power and the Paratext, Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, forthcoming in 2018.