Prof Rhiannon Purdie

Prof Rhiannon Purdie

Deputy Head of School

Professor of English and Older Scots

Researcher profile

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Research areas

My main research interests are in Older Scots literature, later Middle English literature, medieval romance, and textual editing. I am the Editorial Secretary for the Scottish Text Society, for whom I  edited Shorter Scottish Medieval Romances in 2013: I have also produced scholarly editions for TEAMS (Six Scottish Courtly and Chivalric Poems including Lyndsay's Squyer Meldrum, co-ed. with Emily Wingfield, 2018)  and the Early English Text Society (Ipomadon, 2001). Editing aside, I have published books and articles on Older Scots literature, medieval romance and Chaucer, and was a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Rochester, NY, in 2016. I am the current Chair of the Scottish Medievalists, and a series co-editor for Boydell & Brewer's 'Studies in Medieval Romance'. From 2021-23 I will be a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow, writing a history of medieval Scots literature.

PhD supervision

  • Madison Justice
  • Samantha Bruce-Benjamin
  • Hanna Gruenzel

Selected publications


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