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Professor Linda Paterson

Emeritus Professor
Email: L dot M dot Paterson at warwick dot ac dot uk

Research interests

Linda Paterson's research is based on medieval Occitan literature and social and cultural history, and Old French crusade narrative. She recently completed a major AHRC-funded project concerning lyric responses to the crusades in medieval France and Occitania. Her current projects include an online edition and translation of a hitherto unpublished narrative of the Old French Siège d'Antioche from manuscripts in the Bodleian and British Libraries (, in collaboration with Simon Parsons (, Carol Sweetenham, Lauren Mulholland ( and the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies. She is also writing a book on the troubadours for Reaktion Press.

Main publications

Troubadours and Eloquence (Oxford, The Clarendon Press, 1975)

The World of the Troubadours: Medieval Occitan Society c. 1100-c. 1250 (Cambridge: CUP, 1993)

Marcabru: a Critical Edition, with Simon Gaunt, Ruth Harvey and John Marshall (D. S. Brewer, Woodbridge, 2000)

The 'Canso d'Antioca': an Epic Chronicle of the First Crusade, ed. by C. Sweetenham and L. Paterson (Ashgate, 2003)

The Troubadour ‘tensos’ and ‘partimens’: a Critical Edition, ed. by R. Harvey and L. Paterson (3 vols, D. S. Brewer, 2010)

Culture and Society in Medieval Occitania, Ashgate, Variorum series : Farnham, UK and Burlington, Vt, USA, 2011 (collection of published articles)

Singing the Crusades: French and Occitan lyric responses to the crusading movement, 1137-1336, monograph, Cambridge, D. S. Brewer, 2018

Literature of the Crusades, ed. by Simon Thomas Parsons and Linda M. Paterson, Cambridge, D. S. Brewer, 2018

From Chanson de geste to Epic Chronicle, by Gérard Gouiran, London and New York: Routledge, Variorum Collected Studiesm 2020, translated from the original French and edited by Linda M. Paterson

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BA, PhD (Cambridge)