Dr Daron Burrows

MA, MSt, DPhil (Oxon)
Associate Professor in Medieval French, Fellow of St Peter’s College
Hon. Secretary and Treasurer,

Biography and interests

My passion for Medieval French language and literature stems from my undergraduate studies in French and German at Trinity College, Oxford. After graduating in 1995, I remained at Trinity for my M.St. and D.Phil., leaving to take up a lectureship at the University of Manchester in 1998. I returned to Oxford in 2013, specifically to St Peter’s College, where I had relished my first medieval French tutorial some twenty years earlier.

My early research focussed particularly on comic and satirical literature, as exemplified by my books The Stereotype of the Priest in the Old French Fabliaux and Two Old French Satires on the Power of the Keys. Over time, I have become increasingly interested in traditional philology, in particular text editing and manuscript studies, and in Anglo-Norman language and literature, as reflected by my  editions of the Vie de seint Clement and The Abingdon Apocalypse. I attach particular importance to the study of less well-known or marginal texts, as a result of which my research has dealt with a diverse range of subjects including hagiography, Coronation orders, dance steps, and genital anthropomorphism.



Current and forthcoming projects

  • Critical edition and study of the transmission of the French Prose Apocalypse
    A preparatory project involving digitisation and transcription of Anglo-Norman illustrated manuscripts of this text held in the Bodleian Library is being funded as part of the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit initiative
  • Revised and expanded online version of Ruth Dean and Maureen Boulton’s Anglo-Norman Literature: a Guide to Texts and Manuscripts
  • Article: Edition and study of Anglo-Norman Vie de un vallet amerus
  • Article: Edition and study of Anglo-Norman Solaz de une dame
  • Article: Edition of an unpublished 14C prose life of St Peter


My undergraduate teaching is centred on medieval French literature (Papers VI, IX, XII), particularly of the earlier period, and medieval French language (Paper III). Topics that I cover include the chansons de geste, verse romance, fabliaux, lais, historiography, hagiography and further forms of ‘religious’ literature, and Anglo-Norman literature and language.

Graduate Teaching

My graduate teaching primarily involves French palaeography and Anglo-Norman literature and language, for both of which I convene M.St. courses, and I also run the Medieval French reading group.

I am delighted to receive enquiries from research students seeking supervision in all areas of medieval French and Anglo-Norman language and literature, in particular those coinciding with my research interests. Projects involving interactions with other Romance languages, Middle High German, and Middle English are very welcome.



  1. The Abingdon Apocalypse, ANTS 74 (ANTS: Oxford, forthcoming 2017/18), xvi + 168 pp. [in press]
  2. The Life of St Clement, French of England Translation Series (ACMRS: Tempe, AZ, 2016), xii + 270 pp.
  3. The Corpus Apocalypse, MS 20 Corpus Christi College, Cambridge: Commentary to the Facsimile Edition, with N. Morgan, P. Klein, and C. de Hamel (Lucerne: Quaternio Verlag, 2013), 544 pp. [editions and translations pp. 135-247, 417-523]
  4. La Vie de seint Clement, ANTS 64-67, 3 vols. (ANTS: London, 2007-10), xiv + 613 pp. [Awarded the 2011 Prix De La Grange by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres]
  5. Apocalipsis Yates Thompson (MS. 10) / Apocalypse Yates Thompson: Libro de estudios / Book of Studies, with N. Morgan and P. Kidd (Madrid: AyN Ediciones, 2010), 195 pp. [edition and translation pp. 23-6, 99-192]
  6. Two Old French Satires on the Power of the Keys: ‘L’Escommeniement au lecheor’ and ‘Le Pardon de foutre’, Research Monographs in French Studies 18 (Oxford: Legenda, 2005), 145 pp.
  7. The Stereotype of the Priest in the Old French Fabliaux: Anticlerical Satire and Lay Identity (Bern: Peter Lang, 2005), 265 pp.


Peer-reviewed journals

  1. Le sengle (Cambridge, Trinity O.3.45): Une contribution anglo-normande à la lexicographie et à l’histoire de la danse’, Romania 135 (2017), 181-93
  2. ‘The Anglo-Norman Coronation Order of Edward II’, Medium Ævum 85 (2016), 278-313
  3. ‘ “Ele boute son doi en son con…”: the question of Anglo-Norman obscenity’, Reinardus 27 (2015), 33-57
  4. ‘Die anglonormannischen Life of St John the Almsgiver und Vie de seint Clement: Werke ein und desselben Autors?’, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 129 (2013), 1-21
  5. ‘Les dits satiriques Des clers et Des vilains: de nouveaux aperçus sur leur transmission et édition’, Romania 125 (2007), 118-31
  6. Trubert: Transgression, revolution, abjection’, Reinardus 19 (2006), 37-52
  7. Do Con, do Vet et de la Soriz: édition d’un texte tiré de Berne 354’, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 117 (2001), 23-49
  8. Le Chastiement des clers: edition of a dit concerning the Nations of the University of Paris’, Medium Ævum 69 (2000), 211-26

Edited volumes

  1. ‘Learning from an Anglo-Norman Apocalypse: Oxford, University College MS 100’ [forthcoming in volume edited by Maureen Boulton]
  2. ‘Vers une nouvelle édition de l’Apocalypse en prose’, in Anglo-français: philologie et linguistique, ed. O. Floquet and G. Giannini, Civilisation médiévale 13 (Paris: Garnier, 2015), pp. 9-34
  3. ‘Albert Stimming and Anglo-Norman studies’, in Bartsch, Foerster et Cie: la première romanistique allemande et son influence en Europe, ed. R. Trachsler (Paris: Garnier, 2013), pp. 265-292
  4. ‘ “Vers la fin croistra la religion”: the end of the world according to the Medieval French Prose Apocalypse’, in Visions of Apocalypse: Representations of the End in French Literature and Culture, ed. A. Stuart and L. Archer (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 15-42
  5. ‘Dean v. 2.0: Towards an online database of Anglo-Norman texts and manuscripts’, in Present and Future Research in Anglo-Norman: Aberystwyth Colloquium, July 2011, ed. D. Trotter (Aberystwyth: AND, 2012), pp. 195-98


  1. B. Pitts, trans., The Anglo-Norman Gospel Harmony, Medium Ævum [submitted]
  2. G. Burgess, ed. and trans., The Anglo-Norman Lay of Haveloc, Medium Ævum [submitted]
  3. G. Cropp, ed., Voie de povreté et de richesse, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie [submitted]
  4. R. Wilhelm, ed., De diz comandemenz en la lei, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 133.4 (2017), 1247-48
  5. M. Lecco, trans., Storia di Haveloc e di altri eroi, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 132.4 (2016), 1233-35
  6. C. Baker et al., eds., Le Miroir de Renart: pour une redécouverte de Renart le Contrefait, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 132.4 (2016), 1183-85
  7. J-P. Martin, ed., Beuve de Hamptone, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 132.3 (2016), 865-68
  8. I. Short, trans., A Life of Thomas Becket in Verse, Medium Ævum, 85.1 (2016), 182
  9. T. Hinton, The Conte du Graal Cycle, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 131.2 (2015), 547-49
  10. S. Kinoshita and P. McCracken, Marie de France: a Critical Companion, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 131.2 (2015), 549-53 
  11. N. Guynn and Z. Stahuljak, eds., Violence and the Writing of History in the Medieval Francophone World, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 131.1 (2015), 272-75
  12. M. Lecco, Storia della letteratura anglo-normanna, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 130.2 (2014), 550-57
  13. C. M. Jones and L. E. Whalen, eds., ‘Li premerains vers’: Essays in Honor of Keith Busby, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 129.4 (2013), 1173-76 
  14. M. Kelly, The Hero’s Place: Medieval Literary Traditions of Space and Belonging, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 128 (2012), 563-65
  15. F. Duval, ed., Le Mystère de saint Clément de Metz, Medium Ævum 81 (2012), 170
  16. R. Ingham, ed., The Anglo-Norman Language and its Contexts, Journal of French Language Studies 21 (2011), 266-67
  17. J. Wogan-Browne, ed., Language and Culture in Medieval Britain, Modern Language Review 106 (2011), 548-49
  18. W. Rothwell, ed., Walter de Bibbesworth: le Tretiz, Medium Ævum 79 (2010), 356-57
  19. R. Pearcy, Logic and Humour in the Fabliaux, Medium Ævum 79 (2010), 146-47
  20. A. Grebe and N. Staubach, eds., Komik und Sakralität: Aspekte einer ästhetischen Paradoxie in Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit, Revue critique de philologie romane 8 (2008), 230-34
  21. S. Gordon, Culinary Comedy in Medieval French Literature, French Studies 62 (2008), 333-34
  22. H. Legros et al., eds., Remembrances et resveries: mélanges Jean Batany, French Studies 62 (2008), 332-33
  23. G. Hesketh, ed., Rossignos, Medium Ævum 77 (2008), 166
  24. J. Dufournet, ed., Le Garçon et l’aveugle, French Studies, 62 (2008), 65-66
  25. B. Pitts, ed., Barthélemy l’Anglais: le Livre des regions, Medium Ævum 76 (2007), 358
  26. A. Tudor and A. Hindley, eds., Grant Risee? The Medieval Comic Presence, Medium Ævum 76 (2007), 181-82
  27. D. Trotter et al., Anglo-Norman Dictionary, Medium Ævum 76 (2007), 146-48
  28. A. Corbellari, La Voix des Clers, Medium Ævum 76 (2007), 152-54
  29. W. Rothwell, ed., Femina (Trinity College, Cambridge MS B.14.40), Modern Language Review 102 (2007), 227
  30. Cahiers de civilisation médiévale Xe-XIIe siècles: tables 1983-2002, Medium Ævum 76 (2006), 352
  31. F. Wolfzettel, Le Conte en palimpseste: Studien zur Funktion von Märchen und Mythos im französischen Mittelalter, French Studies 60 (2006), 263-64
  32. J.-L. Leclanche, ed., Chevalerie et grivoiserie, Medium Ævum 73 (2004), 179-80
  33. W. Noomen, ed., Le Jongleur par lui-même, Medium Ævum 73 (2004), 367
  34. H. Braet et al., eds., Risus mediævalis: Laughter in Medieval Literature and Art, French Studies 58 (2004), 395-96
  35. A. Corbellari, ed., Les Dits d’Henri d’Andeli, Medium Ævum 73 (2004), 164-65
  36. R. Karras, From Boys to Men: Formations of Masculinity in Late Medieval Europe, French Studies 57 (2003), 525-26
  37. C. Huber and H. Lähnemann, eds., Courtly Literature and Clerical Culture, Medium Ævum 72 (2003), 118
  38. M. Freeman and J. Taylor, eds., Villon at Oxford: the Drama of the Text, Medium Ævum 71 (2002), 352-53
  39. A. Williams, Tricksters and Pranksters: Roguery in French and German Literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, French Studies 56 (2002), 511-12
  40. D. Maddox, Fictions of Identity in Medieval France, French Studies 56 (2002), 379
  41. I. Short and R. Pearcy, eds., Eighteen Anglo-Norman Fabliaux, French Studies 56 (2002), 383
  42. B. Levy, The Comic Text, French Studies 56 (2002), 80-1
  43. J. Ziolkowski, ed., Obscenity, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 116 (2000), 636-42
  44. S. Huot, Allegorical Play in the Old French Motet, Revue des Langues Romanes 102 (1998), 222-24


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