Catherine Nall

Catherine Nall


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Personal profile

Personal profile

I received a first in English and History from the University of York in 2000. I remained at York to complete an MA in Medieval Studies in 2001 and a PhD in 2005, both of which were funded by the AHRC. I taught at York for a number of years and was Teaching Fellow in Medieval Literature there in 2007-8. In 2008 I was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and spent a year at the University of Cambridge before joining Royal Holloway in September 2009. In 2010 I was research fellow at The Huntington Library, California.

Research interests

My work attempts to recover the ways in which late medieval literature engages with the political, military and rhetorical contexts in which it was produced and received. Publications include articles on the circulation and reception of military manuals in the fifteenth century, on the English reception of the political works of Alain Chartier, on Malory's Morte Darthur, and on violence and emotion. My monograph Reading and War in Fifteenth-Century England: From Lydgate to Malory was published in 2012. With Isabel Davis, I edited a collection on Chaucer and Fame; and  I am completing an edition (with Daniel Wakelin) of William Worcester’s Boke of Noblesse. My biography of Henry IV is forthcoming in the Penguin Monarchs series.

My next major research project is a monograph on the literary representations of battle speeches in England in the late Middle Ages.

I am also the convenor of the London Old and Middle English Research Seminar (LOMERS) and I was an organiser of the Fourth London Chaucer Conference.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Medieval Studies
  • Malory
  • Lydgate
  • Manuscripts
  • Fifteenth century
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