Dr James Wade, Girton




Biographical Information

I am a Fellow and Director of Studies at Girton College. I came to Cambridge as a PhD student back in 2005, following an MA at the University of York and a BA at Boise State University in Idaho.

Research Interests

Medieval literature, especially romance in Middle English and Anglo-Norman; Arthurian literature; Chaucer and the Chaucerian tradition; medieval historiography in England; the Gawain-Poet.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

I am currently supervising a PhD on Malory and his sources, and I would be happy to hear from potential graduate students interested in any of my research areas.

Selected Publications


  • Fairies in Medieval Romance. The New Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
  • Sir Torrent of Portingale (ed.). Middle English Texts Series. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, forthcoming 2016


  • 'Penitential Romance After the Reformation', in Medieval Into Renaissance, ed. by Matthew Woodcock and Andrew King (Cambridge: Brewer, 2016), pp. 91-106
  • 'Romance, Affect and Ethical Thinking in a Fifteenth-Century Household Book: Chetham’s Library MS 8009', New Medieval Literatures, 15 (2015 for 2013), 255-83
  • ‘The Chapter Headings of the Morte Darthur: Caxton and de Worde’, Modern Philology, 110 (2014), 645-667
  • ‘Confession, Inquisition and Exemplarity in The Erle of Toulous and Other Middle English Romances’, in The Culture of Inquisition in Medieval England, ed. by Mary Flannery and Katie Walter (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013), pp. 112-29
  • ‘Arbitrariness and Knowing in Malory’s Morte Darthur, Book IV:18-21’, Studies in Philology, 110.1 (2013), 18-42
  • Ungallant Knights’, in Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance, ed. by Neil Cartlidge (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012), pp. 201-18
  • ‘Malory’s Marginalia Reconsidered’, Arthuriana, 21.3 (2011), 70-86
  • Abduction, Surgery, Madness: An Account of a Little Red Man in Thomas Walsingham’s Chronica Maiora’, Medium Ævum, 77 (2008), 10-29