Western European art and architecture 1100-1400; royal and ecclesiastical patronage; the art of liturgy and death; hagiography; wall, panel and manuscript painting; Cambridge illuminated manuscripts; international artistic relations.
About this Fellow
Jill Mann took her BA from the University of Oxford and her PhD from the University of Cambridge. She taught medieval literature at Cambridge from 1972 onwards, and from 1988 to 1998 was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English .She held a British Academy Research Readership from 1985 to 1987. From 1998 to 2004 she was Notre Dame Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her books include Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire (1973) and Feminizing Chaucer (2002), and an edition of the Canterbury Tales for Penguin Classics. She has also edited and translated the Latin beast epic Ysengrimus; her book on medieval English beast literature, From Aesop to Reynard (2009), won the Sir Israel Gollancz Prize, awarded by the British Academy, in 2011. She has published over 50 articles on medieval literature in English, Latin, French, and Italian; fifteen of them are collected in Life in Words: Essays on Chaucer, the Gawain-Poet, and Malory, edited by Mark David Rasmussen . She is currently working on an edition and translation of the Speculum Stultorum, another 12th-century Latin beast epic. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford, and a Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.
Medieval history: narrative sources, primarily in north-western Europe in the 11th to 13th centuries, as evidence for the perceptions and values that shaped war and politics.
Islamic history 1050-1250, especially Iran and Syria; Muslim perspectives of the crusades, the scholar al-Ghazali and the caliphate.
The society, culture and landscape of early medieval England, especially the Church and parochial organisation; historical and archaeological sources and approaches