Craig Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History and Chair of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York. Educated at Oxford, he has been at York since 1998.
Craig’s research focuses upon the political, aristocratic and martial cultures of late medieval France and England, and in particular the intellectual and cultural representations of chivalry and warfare in the age of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). His central concern is the difficult problem of relating the writings and ideas of medieval intellectuals to the mentalities and practices of the ruling elite. To do this, he draws upon texts from a broad range of genres (manuals of chivalry and of war, mirrors for princes, chronicles and biographies, romances and chanson de geste) and contextualizes them historically and within their manuscript history. He has published books on Anglo-French propaganda during the Hundred Years War and on Jeanne d’Arc, and has just completed a new monograph on late medieval French views of warfare and chivalry. He is currently starting a new comparative study of English and French cultural and intellectual responses to the Hundred Years War.
A full biography and bibliography are available here.
Craig is the supervisor for Christopher Linsley’s PhD and also provides support for the identification and contextualization of French people and places recorded in the documents being examined by the project.