Professor G Hazbun

(M.A., Ph.D., Cambridge) Professor of Medieval Spanish Literature, Ferreras Willetts Fellow in Spanish, St Anne's College



I work on the literature of medieval Iberia and am interested in the formation of Spain’s collective identity during the medieval and early modern periods (thirteenth to seventeenth centuries). My research explores the tensions involved in this process as seen through the lens of early literary texts, and focusses on the dark side and the margins, specifically on treachery, wrongdoing, and illegitimacy. I have published on epic poetry (the Cantar de Mio Cid as well as other less familiar epic poems), clerical poetry (mester de clerecía), the popular ballad tradition, and historiography. I have also written and published on Golden-Age drama, and continue to work across the medieval and early modern periods. My most recent book is entitled Narratives of the Islamic Conquest from Medieval Spain (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and I have also recently written a book chapter on the lost epic narrative of the Jura de Santa Gadea. I am presently working on a new monograph exploring literary representations of illegitimacy in early Spanish literature from the medieval and early modern periods.


Medieval Spanish literature and culture.



Narratives of the Islamic Conquest from Medieval Spain, The New Middle Ages (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Designated an ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ for 2016 by Choice magazine.

A Companion to Spanish Women’s Studies ed. Xon de Ros & Geraldine Hazbun (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2011).

Treacherous Foundations: Betrayal and Collective Identity in Early Spanish Epic, Chronicle, and Drama, Monografías, A281 (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2009).

Book Chapters

‘The Narrative of Fratricide in the Jura de Santa Gadea’, A Companion to the Other Medieval Spanish Epic. ed. Matthew Bailey and Mercedes Vaquero (Brill, forthcoming).

‘Memory as Mester in the Libro de Alexandre and Libro de Apolonio’, in Medieval Hispanic Studies in Memory of Alan Deyermond, ed. Andrew M. Beresford, Louise M. Haywood, Julian Weiss (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2013), pp. 91-119.

‘Female Foundations in the Libro de Alexandre and Poema de Fernán González’, in: A Companion to Spanish Women’s Studies, ed. Xon de Ros & Geraldine Hazbun (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2011), pp. 25-41.

Vida latente, literature viviente: Menéndez Pidal and the Romancero, Forty Years On’, in Ramón Menéndez Pidal After Forty Years: A Reassessment, ed. Juan-Carlos Conde, Papers of the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar, 67, Publications of the Magdalen Iberian Medieval Studies Seminar, 1 (London: Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, 2011), pp. 61-83.

‘Lope de Vega, the Chronicle-Legend Plays and Collective Memory’, in A Companion to Lope de Vega, ed. Alexander Samson and Jonathan Thacker, Monografías A, 260 (Tamesis, 2008), 131-47

‘‘Non ay cosa escondida: secreto y revelación en el Libro de Buen Amor’’, in Juan Ruiz: Arcipreste de Hita y el Libro de Buen Amor: II Congreso Internacional; Homenaje a Alan Deyermond, ed. Louise Haywood & Francisco Toro Ceballo con la ayuda de Francisco Bautista & Geraldine Coates (Alcala la Real: Ayuntamiento, 2008), 99-107

‘‘Et si desto menguas: decadencia imperial en la Estoria de España’’, in: El relato historiográfico: textos y tradiciones en la españa medieval (London: Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, 2006), 103-21

‘‘¡Rey don Sancho, Rey don Sancho, no digas que no te aviso!: la representación de Vellido Dolfos en la leyenda de Sancho II’’, in Antes y después del Quijote: en el cincuentenario de la Asociación de Hispanistas de Gran Bretaña e Irlanda, ed. Robert Archer, Valdi Astvaldsson, Stephen Boyd & Michael Thompson (Valencia: Biblioteca Valenciana, 2005), 171-80

Journal Articles

‘“Más avremos adelant”: Minaya Álvar Fáñez and the Heroic Vision in the Cantar de Mio Cid’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 88.4 (2011), pp. 463-96.

‘Endings Lost and Found in the Poema de Fernán González’, Hispanic Research Journal , 9.3 (2008), 203-217, Article Weblink

‘The 1541 Crónica general and the Historical Theatre of Juan de la Cueva and Lope de Vega: An Epic Debt’, Bulletin of the Comediantes, 60.1 (2008)

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