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Dr Lawrence Warner

Lawrence_WarnerReader in Medieval English

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2072
Department of English
King's College London
Room 7.18 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

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Lawrence Warner was educated at Yale (BA 1991) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD 1997), and moved to Australia in 2000, where he was in turn Executive Director of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Lecturer in English at the University of Adelaide, and Senior Lecturer in Middle English at the University of Sydney. He joined King's in January 2013. 

Research interests and PhD supervision

Dr Warner would welcome PhD enquiries on topics related to Middle English literature, especially its histories of production. He has recently completed his third monograph, Chaucer's Scribes: London Textual Production, 1384-1432, which grows from his 2015 essay showing that Adam Pynkhurst was not 'Chaucer's scribe', and is undertaking a new critical edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, whose beginnings lay in two recent essays on that poem. His earlier two books are:

  • The Myth of “Piers Plowman”: Creating a Medieval Literary Archive (Cambridge University Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Beatrice White Prize of the English Association for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English Literature before 1590


  • The Lost History of “Piers Plowman”: The Earliest Transmission of Langland’s Work (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), which received Honorable Mention, Richard J. Finneran Award for 2013, awarded by the Society for Textual Scholarship for best edition or book about textual theory/practice published over the previous two years.
For more details, please see Lawrence's full research profile.
Selected publications
  • ‘Scribes, Misattributed: Hoccleve and Pinkhurst,’ Studies in the Age of Chaucer 37 (2015): 55-100.
  • Impossible Piers, Review of English Studies 66 (2015): 223-39.
  • The Myth of “Piers Plowman”: Constructing a Medieval Literary Archive. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • The Lost History of “Piers Plowman”: The Earliest Transmission of Langland’s Work. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
  • "Mary, Unmindful of Her Knight: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Traditions of Sexual Hospitality.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 35 (2013): 263-87.
For a complete list of publications, please see Lawrence's full research profile.

Dr Warner teaches modules on medieval literature and literary production from year one to the MA level. 

Expertise and public engagement

Dr Warner has been interviewed by and written a blog entry for History Today on Piers Plowman; is a consultant on the project 'Fair Field', funded in part by the KCL Cultural Institute; and was a participant on the Langland Study Day hosted by Worcester Cathedral in September 2015.









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