We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Email and Telephone Directory

Staff Profile

Dr Manuel Hijano, BA Granada, PhD Birmingham

Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43467
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: A49

Contact Dr Manuel Hijano (email at


I am interested in the narratives of the medieval Iberian past, in particular the Castilian tradition of chronicles, epics and ballads. I am also interested in all issues associated to textual scholarship and critical editing. 

Since the completion of my thesis (a study and critical edition of a fifteenth-century Castilian chronicle called 'Estoria del fecho de los godos'), my work has focused on the textual tradition stemmed from Alofnso X's Estoria de España, as well as the use of oral or epic sources by Castilian historians in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.  

I am currently completing two editions of chronicle texts ('Historia menos atajante' and 'Historia hasta 1288 dialogada'), and working in a monograph on the Castilian epic, and its impact on the development of Spanish historiography. 

I am happy to supervise PhD on all areas related to the literature and history (or the relationship between the two) of medieval Iberia. 

Research Interests

  • Spanish medieval history and historiography
  • The Castilian Epic
  • The value of narrative in the representation of the past

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Show all publications

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Foreign Literature & Language: Spanish Language and Literature
  • Politicial, cultural, social history: Literary and political history of Spain (particularly the medieval period)