Between Memory and the Future: Medieval Romance (Public memorial lecture, 6th November)

When: 6th November, 17.00-19.00 Where: Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University Share: Let us know you are coming via the Facebook event. A free public lecture in memory of Dr Jamie McKinstry, given by Professor Helen Cooper. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. About Dr Jamie McKinstry Jamie McKinstry was... Continue Reading →

Cunning and Art: Review of Leásungspell, by Bob Beagrie

Set in 657AD, moving between Hartlepool and Whitby, and drawing on Old English, modern English and Northumbrian dialect, Bob Beagrie's new epic poem, Leásungspell, takes readers on a historical, geographical and literary journey. Reviewer Jamie McKinstry enjoyed the voyage. A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees This quotation from William... Continue Reading →

Encyclopedia Entries on Middle English Literary Works (CFP)

The valuable reference work, The Literary Encyclopedia, is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of Middle English Literature. If you wish to contribute, please contact one of the volume editors for Medieval and Early Modern England, Dr Jamie McKinstry (; or the managing editor, Dr Cristina Sandru ( We are currently adding to the Encyclopedia’s range of... Continue Reading →

Middle English Romance and the Craft of Memory

Medieval romances by authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer may be early examples of literature in English, but they are still intricately constructed pieces of writing. A new book by Jamie McKinstry shows how these tales use a complex system of objects, places, dreams and other narrative elements to help readers to remember their action. Such works highlight... Continue Reading →

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