I studied history at the universities of Leuven and Ghent. I was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, before coming to Liverpool in 1997. I am a specialist of the medieval history of France and the Low Countries. My particular interests are medieval chronicles and the history of the book in the medieval and early modern period. My recent research concerns Jean Froissart's Chronicles and the manuscripts and early prints through which this important historical work was transmitted, and commercial book production in Paris and Flanders in the 15th century. I am currently working on a British Academy funded project on the Flemish scribe Guillebert de Mets, who was active in Paris in the early 15th century.
I welcome enquiries about postgraduate supervision (MRes, MPhil, PhD) in all areas of medieval studies, in particular in relation to manuscript studies, medieval forms of history writing, the Hundred Years War and history of France and the Low Countries.
Current PhD supervision:
Michele Buras-Stubbs, 'An exploration of the reflexive and determining nature of the interrelationship between crusader and Saracen identities as represented in French texts acquired or commissioned by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy'.
Successfully defended PhD theses:
Helga Müllneritsch, 'Form and Function of the Austrian Manuscript Cookery Book in a European Context' (co-supervision, 2019)
Dirk Schoenaers, ' 'Getranslateerd uuten Franssoyse': translation from French into Dutch in Holland in the 15th century. The case of Gerard Potter's Middle Dutch translation of Froissart's Chroniques' (2009)
Florent Noirfalise, 'Family feuds and the (re)writing of universal history: the Chronique dite de Baudouin d'Avesnes (1278-84)' (2009)
Awards or Honours
- Prix Henri Pirenne 2009 (Belgian Royal Academy, Commission Royale d'Histoire, 2009)
- History Prize (Province of Antwerp, Belgium, 2007)
- "History of Helmond" Prize (City of Helmond, The Netherlands, 1988)
- Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship (Bibliographical Society of America, 2012)
- Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing (Newberry Library (Chicago), 2011)
- Visiting Scholarship (St John's College Oxford, 2006)
- Mellon Visiting Fellowship (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2002)
Other Personal Distinctions
- Humanities Prize (Belgian Royal Academy, 1996)