Joanna Bellis, The Hundred Years War in Literature, 1337-1600 (Cambridge: Brewer, 2016). Reviewers called it ‘impressive’, ‘clear and persuasive’, at points ‘spectacular’, ‘bridging the divides between the medieval and the early modern periods and between historical and literary studies’ (Denise N. Baker, Journal of British Studies, 2017); ‘ambitious’, ‘meticulous’, thoroughly illuminating’ (Elizaveta Strakhov, The Medieval Review, 2016). Anne Curry called it ‘an amazingly ambitious study’ in which ‘new ideas abound’, ‘sophisticated in approach and language, and exceptionally wide-ranging’ (Times Literary Supplement, June 2017).
John Page, The Siege of Rouen, ed. Joanna Bellis, Middle English Texts 51 (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015). Reviewers called this edition ‘superbe’ (Laurent Vissière, Le Moyen Age, 2015), ‘exemplary’ (Chris
Given-Wilson, The Medieval Chronicle, 2015), ‘inspir[ing] confidence’ (Eric Stanley, Notes & Queries, 2015), providing ‘excellently thorough analysis’ (Anne Curry, Modern Language Review, 2017). Given-Wilson commented, ‘This will surely remain the definitive edition of The Siege of Rouen for a long time’.
Joanna Bellis and Laura Slater, ed. Representing War and Violence, 1250–1600 (Cambridge: Brewer, 2016). Contributors include Richard W. Kaeuper, Christina Normore, Andrew Lynch, Anne Baden-Daintree, Sara V. Torres, Anne Curry, David Grummitt and Matthew Woodcock; the articles span literary studies, history and art history. Reviewers called it an ‘an important contribution to the field of medieval violence that will be a necessary source for the years to come’ (J. Tucker Million, De Re Militari 2019); ‘a valuable and enjoyable read. The editors are to be commended for bringing together such a variety of innovative material and for synthesizing these pieces in a clear and cohesive dialogue. They have provided an admirable model for future collections of interdisciplinary research across the field of medieval studies’ (Left History).
Future book projects:
A monograph about the development of eyewitness writing as a genre across the medieval and early modern period;
Part of a team working on a new edition of Chaucer’s works, for CUP (general editors Julia Boffey and A. S. G. Edwards); responsibility for The Prioress’s Tale and The Second Nun’s Tale.