Sarah Bridge

Sarah Bridge, BA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon)


My DPhil thesis looks at the work of Nicole Bozon, a Franciscan friar active in England at the turn of the fourteenth-century, who wrote a large number of verse and prose texts in Anglo-Norman. My thesis asks who these works were used by, how they used them, and for what reasons these texts were written in Anglo-Norman in the context of trilingual medieval England. In order to answer these questions, I examine one particular manuscript, London, British Library Additional 46919, in detail; this manuscript contains a large portion of Bozon’s corpus. By engaging with Bozon’s texts in the same material form as their earliest readers, rather than viewing them through the prism of a retrospectively constructed author-figure, it will be possible to gain a fuller understanding of how they were used and understood by medieval audiences. 

My research is funded by the Jeanette Beer Studentship. 


  1. Undergraduate Teaching: 

2020            Tutor for Literature Paper III (Short Texts) — French Prelims

                     Topics taught: Jean Racine, Phèdre; Marie NDiaye, Papa doit manger


                     Tutor for Literature Paper IV (French Narrative Fiction) — French Prelims 

                     Topics taught: La Chastelaine de Vergi; Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses


                     Tutor for translation from French to English (BA years 1 and 2)

  1. Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford

2020            Assistant class teacher for ‘Medieval Latin For Local and Social Historians’ course


Selected Papers: 

  1. Publications:

David Murray, Poetry in Motion: The Mobility of Lyrics and Languages in Medieval Europe (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie [forthcoming book review]

  1. Conference and Seminar Activity:

‘Thinking Multilingually in Fourteenth-Century England: Nicole Bozon’s Contes Moralisés’ (Modern Languages Graduate Seminar, University of Oxford)


‘Translating Nicole Bozon in British Library Additional 46919’ (International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo) [postponed due to the pandemic]


‘Thinking through multilingualism in the Contes moralisés’ (Medieval Multilingual Manuscripts: Texts, Scribes, and Patrons Conference, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) [postponed due to the pandemic]


‘Fables as ‘the Literature of the Pulpit’: The Poetic Prose of the Contes moralisés’ (Fables and the Art of Preaching Conference, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


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