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Professor Eddie Jones

Research interests

  • Middle English
  • Middle English religious writing
  • hermits and anchorites
  • medieval religious history

My research interests could be summed up as medieval English religious culture. I am interested in the devotional and contemplative literature of the late Middle Ages: the works of the 'Fourteenth Century English Mystics' and their reappearance and reworking in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. I also work on what I term the 'non-regular vocations' of medieval England: vowesses, proponents of the 'mixed life', and especially hermits and anchorites. I am interested in the vocations' material history as well as the history of their representation, and also in texts written by, about and for them.

Two long-term research commitments reflect these two (overlapping) areas of interest. I have taken over from Marion Glasscoe the organisation of the Exeter Symposium and the editorship of its proceedings, published as The Medieval Mystical Tradition; the seventh symposium took place in July 2004, and the proceedings have been published by D.S.Brewer. I have also assumed responsibility for completing the revision of Rotha Clay's Hermits and Anchorites of England, published in 1914 and still the only systematic attempt to document the solitary vocations in medieval England. I have published a number of articles in both areas, and have an edition of the fifteenth-century compilation Disce Mori forthcoming in the series Middle English Texts. My next book will be a history of hermits in the late Middle Ages.