Insular Books: Vernacular Manuscript Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain (Oxford University Press, 2015), with Raluca Radulescu More information...

Middle English ProseThe Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist XIX: Manuscripts in the University Library, Cambridge (Dd-Oo) (D.S. Brewer, 2009) More information...

Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer and York Medieval Press, 2008), with Linne Mooney More information...

The Middle English Mirror: Sermons from Advent to Sexagesima (Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2003), with Thomas G. Duncan 

'And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche': Essays on Medieval English Presented to Professor Matsuji Tajima on his Sixtieth Birthday (Tokyo: Kaibunsha, 2002), with Yoko Iyeiri

John Shirley: Book Production and the Noble Household in Fifteenth-Century England (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998) More information...

Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994) More information...


'Middle English: Chaucer', Year's Work in English Studies vols. 74-88 (1996-2009) More information...

'Compiling the Book', in The Production of Books in England 1350-1500 edited by Alexandra Gillespie and Daniel Wakelin, Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 129-49.

'An Edition and Study of A Revelation Shown to a Yorkshire Woman', Leeds Studies in English, n. s. 41 (2010), 56-65.

'"Dr Furnival and Mother like the same old books": Mary Haweis and the Experience of Reading Chaucer in the Nineteenth Century', in 'Eminent Chaucerians? Early Women Scholars and the History of Reading Chaucer' ed. by Richard Utz and Peter Schneck, Philologie im Netz, Beiheft/Supplement 4/2009, pp. 5-20. Full text

'Mapping Manuscripts and Readers of Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God', in Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England, ed. Margaret Connolly and Linne Mooney (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer and York Medieval Press, 2008), pp. 261-78

'Practical Reading for Body and Soul in Some Later Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies', Journal of the Early Book Society, 10 (2007), pp. 151-74

(with Yolanda Plumley), 'Crossing the Channel: John Shirley and the Circulation of French Lyric Poetry in the Early Fifteenth Century', in Patrons, Authors, and Workshops: Books and Book Production in Paris around 1400, ed. Godfried Croenen and Peter Ainsworth (Peeters: Louvain, 2006), pp. 311-32

'A Plague of Books: The Diocesan Libraries of the Church of Ireland', in Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity, ed. James Raven (Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), pp. 197-218

'A Prayer to the Guardian Angel and Wynkyn de Worde's Edition of Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God', Manuscripta 44/45 (for 2001/2; published 2004), pp. 1-18

'Shaking the Language Tree: Translating the Word into the Vernacular in the Anglo-Norman Miroir and Middle English Mirror', The Medieval Translator 8, ed. Rosalynn Voaden, Ren? Tixier, Teresa Sanchez Roura and Jenny Rebecca Rytting (Brepols: Belgium, 2003), pp. 17-27

'Another Medieval London Widow: The Story of Beatrice Cornburgh', The Ricardian XIII (2003), special issue edited by Livia Visser-Fuchs, pp. 148-58

'Books for the "helpe of euery persoone þat þenkiþ to be saued": Six Devotional Anthologies from Fifteenth-Century London', in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Miscellanies in Manuscript and Print, ed. Phillipa Hardman, special issue of Yearbook of English Studies, 33 (2003), pp. 170-81

'The "Eight Points of Charity" in John Rylands University Library MS English 85', in 'And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche': Essays on Medieval English Presented to Professor Matsuji Tajima on his Sixtieth Birthday, ed. Y. Iyeiri and M. Connolly (Tokyo: Kaibunsha, 2002), pp. 195-215

'Books Connected with Battle Abbey Before the Dissolution: Some New Discoveries', The Library, Seventh Series, vol.1 (2000), pp. 119-32

'Some Unrecorded Middle English Verse in a Nijmegen Manuscript', Notes and Queries, 244 (1999), 442-44

'A London Widow's Psalter: Beatrice Cornburgh and Alexander Turnbull Library MS MSR- 01', in Sources, Exemplars, and Copy-Texts: Influence and Transmission, ed. by William Marx, special issue of Trivium, 31 (1999), pp. 101-16

'A Newly Identified Letter in the Hand of John Shirley', The Library, Sixth Series, vol. 19 (1997), pp. 242-47

'"Your Humble Suget and Seruytoure": John Shirley, Transcriber and Translator', in The Medieval Translator 5, ed. Roger Ellis and Ren? Tixier (Brepols: Belgium, 1996), pp. 419-31

'Chaucer and Chess', Chaucer Review, 29 (1994), pp. 40-44

'Public Revisions or Private Responses? The Oddities of Arundel 197, with special reference to Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God', British Library Journal, 20 (1994), pp. 55-64

'"The Dethe of the Kinge of Scotis": A New Edition', Scottish Historical Review, 71 (1992), pp. 46-69

'A New Tract on Temptation: Extracts from Contemplations of the Dread and Love of God in MS Bodley 423', Notes and Queries, 237 (1992), pp. 280-81

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Margaret Connolly

Education and Experience

Margaret Connolly is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval Studies. After completing her MA and PhD degrees at the University of St Andrews, Margaret Connolly took up a lectureship in Medieval and Renaissance English at University College Cork. She was Assistant Dean of Arts there between 1996–1999, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004. Margaret was also Government of Ireland Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge in 2002–03 and is a life member of that college.

Margaret is a General Editor of the Middle English Texts series published by Winter, Heidelberg. She is also a General Editor of The Mediaeval Journal published by Brepols. She is chair of the advisory board for the Index of Middle English Prose, and on the editorial board of the Journal of the Early Book Society.

Research Interests

Margaret specialises in Middle English language and literature (especially but not exclusively texts written in prose, and works of a devotional or practical nature). Much of her research is informed by the study of medieval texts in their manuscript contexts, which has led her to develop expertise in the fields of palaeography and book history including both scribal production and the use and reception of medieval manuscripts. Other interests are in the editing of Middle English texts and textual criticism; medieval translation; the post-medieval reception of medieval texts, including nineteenth-century Chaucer scholarship; and the development of library collections. She welcomes applications from postgraduates in any of the research areas outlined above.

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Phone: 3319

Consultation hours:
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Other times by appointment,
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