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University of Liverpool
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medieval culture, Wars of the Roses, medieval art, politics, John Hardyng, kings, queens, Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Edward IV, King Arthur, Chaucer, mythology, Shakespeare, Game of Thrones, mermaids, merfolk
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About Me

I am a medievalist, cultural historian, and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker.

I teach and research medieval culture at the University of Liverpool, where I am Professor of English. I am currently writing a history of mermaids in the British Isles and Ireland, and a broader book on mermaids in global cultures, from ancient times to the present.

Alongside this, I work on literature produced during the fifteenth-century civil war known as The Wars of the Roses, a period that inspired Game of Thrones. I have published on a range of topics including medieval kings and queens, King Arthur, Anglo-Scottish relations, and drama.

As an expert on the Middle Ages and mythical creatures, I make regular contributions to television documentaries, national and international radio broadcasts, and press features.

A complete list of my media experience can be found on my personal website here.

Recent Publications

Sample of Recent Publications

Mermaids of the British Isles (forthcoming).

The Mermaid’s Tale: A Cultural History of Mermaids Through the Ages (forthcoming).

John Hardyng’s Chronicle. Edited from British Library MS Lansdowne 204, Middle English Texts Series (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2015).

Tales of King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table (London: Flame Tree Publishing, 2017).

‘Polemical History and The Wars of the Roses’, in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Historical Writing: Britain and Ireland, 500-1500, ed. by Emily Steiner, Jennifer Jahner, and Elizabeth Tyler (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

‘Staging Chaucer: Mike Poulton and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales‘, in Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture, ed. by Gail Ashton (London: Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2015 (hardback) and 2017 (paperback)).

‘Anglo-Scottish Relations in John Hardyng’s Chronicle’, in ‘The Anglo-Scottish Border and the Shaping of Identity, 1300-1600, ed. by Mark P. Bruce and Katherine H. Terrell (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 69-86.

Sample of Media, Podcasts and Press Articles

Mermaids ABC Radio National, Australia. Interview and Podcast (2018).

BBC History Magazine, Anniversaries: 14 April 1471 Warwick the Kingmaker is Slain in Battle (2018).

BBC Radio 3, Freethinking, Trade, Davos, Ocean Travel and Mermaids (2018).

History of Christmas Traditions. University of Liverpool Podcast, Episode 22 via iTunes, Blubrry, and Web (2017).

Why Do We Love Mermaids? University of Liverpool Podcast, Episode 13 via iTunes and Blubrry (2017).

The Conversation. Why we Can’t Resist the Lure of Mermaids (2017).

BBC News, Game of Thrones: Who is the True Heir? (2017) Interview about Inheritance in Game of Thrones. UK feature. Chinese Feature.

BBC Radio 3, Freethinking. Five Fantastic Medieval Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).

BBC Radio 3, Freethinking. Being Human Debate at FACT on Man and Animals (2016). Also available as an extended podcast. Feature.

BBC Radio 3, Freethinking. Feature on John Hardyng and Shakespeare’s History Plays (2016).

The Big Issue, A History Buff’s Guide to Game of ThronesIssue 1202 (2016). Article.

The Conversation. London’s Bloody Tower Plays Host to Game of Thrones Season Five (2015).

BBC Arts, On His Majesty’s Secret Service: Scottish Independence and Henry V’s Spy (2014).

For a complete list of publications and media activity see:



Media Coverage
Country Focus
England, Britain, United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
England, Ireland, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Military, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Women, Art