Matthew Bradley

Matthew Bradley

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Research Focus

In 2020, I began work on my PhD thesis, "'trewley the game is wel bigonne': Ludic Narratives in Late Medieval English Literature", supervised by Dr Stephen Kelly and Dr James Davis. The thesis examines connections between narrative and the ludic in a wide variety of Middle English texts including vernacular romance, chronicles, religious drama and legal documents. In so doing, the project aims to examine wider understandings of the ludic in the later Middle Ages, and the role of games and play in late medieval English society.

Research Interests

My research focuses on late medieval English literature, broadly focusing on play and entertainment during the period. As of 2022, I am beginning to examine representations of the Middle Ages in film, and have presented on Lowery's The Green Knight (2021) at the Irish Conference of Medievalists.


In the first semester of the 2021/2022 academic year, I worked as a TA on ENG2041 - Havoc and Rebellion: Writing and Reading Later Medieval England. Earlier that year, I taught a short seminar on The Black Death as part of the AHSS Winter School.


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