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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Dr Manuel Hijano, BA Granada, PhD Birmingham

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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

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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)