Shorter Scottish Medieval Romances: Florimond of AlbanySir Colling the KnychtKing OrphiusRoswall and Lillian, Scottish Text Society, 5th series 11 (Edinburgh, 2013): a full scholarly edition of four Older Scots romances More information...

Medieval Romance, Medieval Contexts, co-ed. with Michael Cichon (Cambridge: Brewer, 2011) More information...

Anglicising Romance: Tail-Rhyme and Genre in Medieval English Literature (Cambridge: D S Brewer, 2008) More information...

The Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend, co-ed. with Nicola Royan (Cambridge: D S Brewer, 2005) More information...

Ipomadon (ed.) Early English Text Society OS 316 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001) More information...

Authority and Community in the Middle Ages, co-ed. with D. Mowbray and I. P. Wei (Stroud: Alan Sutton Publishers, 1999)


‘Malcolm, Margaret, Macbeth and the Miller: Rhetoric and the Re-Shaping of History in Wyntoun’s Original Chronicle’, Mediaevalia et Humanistica (forthcoming 2015)
‘Medieval romance and the generic frictions of Barbour’s Bruce’, in Barbour’s Bruce and its Cultural Contexts: Politics, Chivalry and Literature in Late Medieval Scotland, eds. Steve Boardman and Susan Foran (Cambridge: D S Brewer, 2015), pp. 51-74
(with Katie Stevenson), 'Chivalric Literature', in A Companion to Scottish Literature 1400-1650, ed. Nicola Royan (ASLS, Glasgow, forthcoming 2015)

'Before the Makars: Older Scots literature under the early Stewart Kings', in  The Blackwell Companion to British Literature: Medieval Literature, 700-1450,  eds Robert De Maria, Jr ; Heesok Chang , Samantha Zacher (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2013), pp 293-307

'Roswall and Lillian, the 'Lord of Learne' and the study of medieval romance and the early-modern ballad'.  Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 4 (2012). More information...

'Sir Isumbras in London, Gray's Inn MS 20: A Revision', Nottingham Medieval Studies 55 (2011), 251-81

'Scottish Poets and English Verse-Forms: Schir Thomas Norny and Dunbar's use of tail-rhyme' in Florilegium,25 (2008)

Sir Eglamour of Artois: corrected transcript and 1,000-word headnote for CD publication of The Chepman & Myllar Prints, 500th Anniversary Edition. Gen. Ed. Sally Mapstone. (National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Text Society, 2008)

'Medieval Romance in Scotland', in A Companion to Medieval Scottish Poetry, eds. Priscilla Bawcutt and Janet Hadley Williams (Cambridge: D S Brewer, 2006), pp. 165-77

'The Implications of Manuscript Layout in Chaucer's Tale of Sir Thopas', in Forum for Modern Language Studies, 41 (2005), pp. 263-74

'The Search for Scottishness in Golagros and Gawane', in Rhiannon Purdie and Nicola Royan eds., The Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2005), pp. 95-107

'Generic identity and the Origins of Sir Isumbras', in Phillipa Hardman ed., The Matter of Identity in Medieval Romance (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2002), pp. 113-24

'Clariodus and the Ambitions of Scottish Courtly Romance', in Forum for Modern Language Studies, 38 (2002), pp. 449-61

'Dice-games and the Blasphemy of Prediction', in J. A. Burrow and I. P. Wei eds., Medieval Futures: Attitudes to the Future in the Middle Ages (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2000), pp. 167-84

'Sexing the Manuscript: the case for female ownership of MS Chetham 8009', Neophilologus, 82 (1998), pp. 139-48

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Arthurian Legend
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Dr M Rhiannon Purdie

Education and Experience

Rhiannon Purdie is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval English. She studied at the universities of Ottawa, St Andrews (MA[Hons]) and Bristol (PhD), spending two years working in Hong Kong and Japan between degrees. She held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at St Andrews (1998-2001) before becoming a permanent member of staff. Rhiannon has organized conferences at St Andrews for the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society and the Romance in Medieval Britain series. She is on the editorial board of Boydell & Brewer’s series ’Studies in Medieval Romance’, and is Editorial Secretary for the Scottish Text Society.

Rhiannon spent semester II of 2015-16 at the University of Rochester, NY, as a Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar 

Research Interests

Rhiannon's research interests are in the secular literature of the later Middle Ages of England and Scotland. Particular areas of interest are medieval romance, Older Scots poetry, regionalism in Middle English literature, editorial theory and practice in relation to Middle English and Older Scots texts. She welcomes applications from postgraduates interested in any of the research areas outlined above.

PhD Supervision

Caitlin Flynn, Miui Watanabe

See also

Medieval English MLitt page

Dr M. Rhiannon Purdie

Contact information

Room: CH 23
Phone: 2674

Consultation hours:
Wed 10-11; Thurs 12-1

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