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Professor Elliot Kendall

Associate Professor


01392 722454


I research and teach medieval literature and I have recently been Director of Research for the department. I am especially interested in politics and literature. In my current research, I'm approaching medieval texts with the help of historians' and anthropologists' thinking on why and how humans (not just medieval ones) cooperate.

My office is Queen's 212. For an office hour appointment, please book online.

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My chief research interests are late medieval literature and politics, especially concerning the aristocracy in medieval society. At the moment, I am using anthropological theory to discover 'political logics', or the ways in which medieval texts think people (ought to) cooperate.

This broad theme covers more and less formal social networks and state power. I am writing a book on this theme in a wide range of texts circulating between 1450 and 1520, covering, for example, Malory, Skelton, Hawes, More, verse romances, and household plays. In Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household (OUP, 2008), I focus on the great household and Gower's Confessio Amantis and I have published articles on Chaucer's Shipman's Tale and competing economic modes, Sir Orfeo, Robin Hood, cooperation in an Arthurian romance, and political centralization and early Tudor literature.

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  • Kendall ER. (2018) The Royal Household and New Government in Early Tudor Literature, The Elite Household in England, 1100-1550 : proceedings of the 2016 Harlaxton Symposium, Shaun Tyas, 129-150.


  • Kendall E. (2017) Minot, Laurence, The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, Wiley, 1-2, DOI:10.1002/9781118396957.wbemlb253.
  • Kendall E. (2017) Chancery, The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, Wiley, 1-6, DOI:10.1002/9781118396957.wbemlb308.


  • Kendall ER. (2015) The Evolution of Cooperation in The Avowyng of Arthur, Medieval Romance and Material Culture, D. S. Brewer, 111-128.



  • Kendall ER. (2010) Saving history: Gower's apocalyptic and the new Arion, The Age of Gower, Boydell.


  • Kendall ER. (2008) Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household, Oxford University Press. [PDF]


  • Kendall ER. (2007) Chamberlain Danger: the social meaning of love allegory in the Confessio Amantis, Medium Aevum, volume 76, pages 49-69.


  • Kendall ER. (2006) The great household in the city: The Shipman's Tale, Chaucer and the City, Boydell & Brewer, 145-161.
  • Kendall ER. (2006) 'Gavin Douglas', 'William Dunbar', 'Robert Henryson' in International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages Online.

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