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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies


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:

Prof Elizabeth Archibald

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Elizabeth Archibald has been Professor of English Studies at Durham since 2012. Before that she held posts at King's College, Cambridge; the University of Victoria (Canada); and Bristol University. She specializes in medieval romance and the classical tradition in the Middle Ages, with a particular interest in the Arthurian legend. She is co-editor of the journal Arthurian Literature, and a past President of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society. Her current research project is an interdisciplinary study of bathing in medieval literature and society.

She has published monographs on Apollonius of Tyre: Medieval and Renaissance Variations (1991), and Incest and the Medieval Imagination (2001), and has co-edited A Companion to Malory with A.S.G. Edwards (1996), and The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend co-edited with Ad Putter (2009). Her many essays and chapters range over classical and medieval themes and texts, including Chaucer, Malory, Scottish literature, and bathing.

She teaches a range of medieval literature in both Middle English and French, and currently supervises a number of PhD students working on later medieval literary topics, particularly romance writing. She welcomes enquiries from postgraduate applicants in these areas.

Research Interests

  • Classical tradition
  • Medieval romance


Chapter in book

  • Archibald, Elizabeth (2015). Bathing for Beauty in the Middle Ages. In The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine. Saunders, Corinne, Macnaughton, Jane & Fuller, David Palgrave Macmillan. 53-71.
  • Archibald, Elizabeth (2015). Relative Roles in Medieval Incest Stories: Fathers and Daughters. In Desir n’a repos: Hommage à Danielle Bohler. Bouchet, Florence & James-Raoul,Danièle Eidolon. 177-88.
  • Archibald, Elizabeth (2015). Ruodlieb and Romance in Latin: Audience and Authorship. In Telling the Story in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Evelyn Birge Vitz. Duys, Kathryn, Emery, Elizabeth & Postlewate, Laurie Boydell & Brewer. 171-86.
  • Archibald, Elizabeth (2011). 'Arthurian Latin Romance'. In The Arthur of Medieval Latin Literature. Echard, Siân. Chicago University of Chicago Press. 132-145.
  • Archibald, Elizabeth. (2010). 'Macarionic Poetry'. In A Companion to Medieval Poetry. Saunders, Corinne. Maldon, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 277-288.
  • Archibald, Elizabeth (2010). 'Sisters under the Skin: Margery Kempe and Christine de Pizan '. In Romance and Rhetoric: Essays In Honour of Dhira B. Mahoney. Donavin, Georgiana & Obermeier, Anita. Turnhout: Brepols. 19: 91-107.
  • Archibald, Elizabeth (2009). 'Malory’s Lancelot and Guenevere'. In A Companion to Arthurian Literature. Fulton, Helen Maldon, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 312-325.
  • Archibald, Elizabeth (2009). ‘Non-Recognition in Sir Triamour: The Reversal of Romance Expectations’. In Recognition: The Poetics of Narrative: Interdisciplinary Studies on Anagnorisis. Kennedy, Philip & Lawrence, Marilyn New York:: Peter Lang. 62-80.

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