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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

  • Middle English Literature
  • Manuscript studies
  • Chaucer, Piers Plowman, the Gawain Poet

Professor Warner’s third monograph, Chaucer’s Scribes: Medieval Textual Production, 1384-1432, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He is also undertaking a new critical edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He is recipient of the 2016 Beatrice White Prize of the English Association for outstanding scholarly work in the field of English Literature before 1590, and Honorable Mention for the 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.


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

Expertise and Public Engagement

As Academic Consultant for the project ‘Fair Field’ by Penned in the Margins, Professor Warner has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’ for an episode on ‘Confessions’, participated in a 3-part podcast on Piers Plowman for Guardian Books, and composed the content for the ‘Explore Piers Plowman’ section of the Fair Field website and for the exhibition held at the National Poetry Library in 2017.

He has also been interviewed by and written a blog post for History Today about Piers Plowman and participated in the Langland Study Day held at Worcester Cathedral in September 2015.