Prof Robert Easting

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Emeritus Professor
School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies


MA DPhil Oxford



Ed. St Patrick's Purgatory: Two Versions of Owayne Miles and The Vision of William of Stranton together with the long text of the Tractatus de Purgatorio Sancti Patricii. Oxford, Oxford University Press, for The Early English Text Society, No 298, 1991. Pp. xciii, 338.

Visions of the Other World in Middle English. Annotated Bibliographies of Old and Middle English, Vol III. Cambridge, Brewer, 1997. Pp. xi, 119.

Ed. The Revelation of the Monk of Eynsham. Oxford, Oxford University Press, for The Early English Text Society, No. 318, 2002. Pp. c, 277.

(& Richard Sharpe) Peter of Cornwall’s Book of Revelations. British Writers of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period 5. Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, & Oxford, The Bodleian Library, 2013. Pp. xvi, 615.

Chapters, articles, and notes

‘The Date and Dedication of the Tractatus de Purgatorio Sancti Patricii.’ Speculum. Vol. 53, 1978, pp. 778-83.

‘Peter of Cornwall's Account of St. Patrick's Purgarory.’ Analecta Bollandiana. Vol. 97, 1979, pp. 397-416.

‘Owein at St Patrick's Purgatory.’ Medium Ævum. Vol. 55, 1986, pp. 159-75.

‘Purgatory and the Earthly Paradise in the Tractatus de Purgatorio Sancti Patricii.’ Cîteaux: Commentarii Cistercienses. Vol. 37, 1986, pp. 23-48.

‘Johnson's Note on “Aroint thee, witch!”.’ Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 35, No 4, 1988, pp. 480-2.

(& Sharpe, R.) ‘Peter of Cornwall: The Visions of Ailsi and his sons.’ Mediaevistik: Internationale Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Mittelalterforschung. Vol. 1, 1988, pp. 207-62.

‘Some Antedatings and Early Usages in the Auchinleck Owayne Miles’. In Sentences for Alan Ward, ed. D. M. Reeks. Southampton, Bosphoros Books, 1988, pp. 167-74.

‘The English Tradition’. In The Medieval Pilgrimage to St Patrick's Purgatory: Lough Derg and the European Tradition, ed. Michael Haren and Yolande de Pontfarcy. Enniskillen, Clogher Historical Society, 1988, pp. 58-82.

‘The Middle English “Hearne fragment” of St Patrick's Purgatory.’ Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 35, No 4, 1988, pp. 436-7.

‘The South English Legendary “St Patrick” as Translation.’ Leeds Studies in English. Vol. 21, 1990, pp. 119-140.

‘Another Echo of Chaucer's Troilus in The Kingis Quair.’ Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 38, No 2, 1991, p. 161.

‘Double-meaning in Atte ston-castinges.’ Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 38, No 2, 1991, pp. 160.

‘Middle English Translations of the Tractatus de Purgatorio Sancti Patricii’ in The Medieval Translator II, ed. Roger Ellis. Westfield Publications in Medieval Studies 5. London, Centre for Medieval Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, 1991, pp. 151-74.

‘Entoil'd in woofed phantasies’: some threads of word-spinning and tale-weaving’ in Of Pavlova, Poetry and Paradigms: Essays in Honour of Harry Orsman, ed. Laurie Bauer and Christine Franzen. Wellington, Victoria University Press, 1993, pp. 98-111.

‘Peter of Bramham’s Account of a Chaplain’s Vision of Purgatory (c. 1343?).’ Medium Ævum. Vol. 65, 1996, pp. 211-29.

‘St Patrick’s Purgatory’ in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, ed. F. L. Cross. 3rd edn., ed. E. A. Livingstone. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 1441-2.

‘“Send thine heart into purgatory”: Visionaries of the Other World’ in The Long Fifteenth Century: Essays for Douglas Gray, ed. Helen Cooper and Sally Mapstone. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1997, pp. 185-203.

‘A Neglected Pair of Charms for Monastic Travellers, in Middle English and Anglo-Norman.’ Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 48, No 2, 2001, pp. 103-5.

‘Personal Apocalypse: Judgement in Some Other-World Visions’ in Prophecy, Apocalypse and the Day of Doom: Proceedings of the 2000 Harlaxton Symposium. Harlaxton Medieval Studies, XII. Ed. Nigel Morgan. Donington: Tyas, 2004. Pp. 68-85.

Robert Thornton’ in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Visio monachi de Eynsham as Source for some Exempla in Stephen of Bourbon’s Tractatus de diversis materiis predicabilibus.’ Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 52, No 4, 2005. Pp. 442-3.

‘St Patrick’s Purgatory: Fragments of a Second Copy of the Middle English Stanzaic Owayne Miles.’ Medium Ævum 75:1 (2006), 84-102.

‘Access to Heaven in Medieval Visions of the Otherworld.’ In Envisaging Heaven in the Middle Ages. Ed. Carolyn Muessig & Ad Putter. Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture 6. London & New York, Routledge, 2007. Pp. 75-90.

‘Credit in Chaucer’s Shipman’s Tale.’ In 'Still Shines When You Think of It: A Festschrift for Vincent O’Sullivan.’ Ed. Bill Manhire & Peter Whiteford. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2007. Pp. 48-63.

‘Dialogue between a clerk and the spirit of a girl de purgatorio (1153): a medieval ghost story.’ Mediaevistik: Internationale Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Mittelalterforschung 20 (2007), 163-83.

‘“Choose yourselves whither to go”: John Audelay’s Vision of St Paul.’ In My Wyl and My Wrytyng: Essays on John the Blind Audelay. Ed. Susanna Fein. Medieval Institute Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan: Western Michigan University Press, 2009. Pp. 170-90.

‘Old English: Quickenings and Homecomings’. In ‘Raids & Settlements’: Seamus Heaney as translator. Ed. Marco Sonzogni & Marcella Zanetti. Wellington: The Cuba Press, 2021. Pp. 57-75 & 325-327.

'Into Thin Air: Shakespeare's The Tempest and Virgil.' Notes and Queries 70.2, June 2023. Pp 79-80.

'"The sun for sorrow will not show his head: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Virgil.' Notes and Queries, gjad057,


‘Campion's Somerset Masque in New Zealand.’ Crescendo: Bulletin of the International Association of Music Libraries (New Zealand Branch). Vol. 3, 1982, pp. 3-5.

Recent Events. Early Music. Vol. 11, No 2, 1983, pp. 289-91.

‘Music for the Tudor Court.’ Early Music Journal [Wellington]. Vol. 8, No 2, 1985, pp. 7-8.

Recent Events. Early Music. Vol. 13, No 1, 1985, p. 158.

Vision of Tundale, ed. from B.L. MS Cotton Caligula A II, ed. by Rodney Mearns. Middle English Texts, 18. Heidelberg, Winter, 1985. Medium Ævum. Vol. 57, 1988, pp. 122-3.

A New Most Excellent Dancing Master: The Journal of Joseph’s Lowe’s visits to Balmoral and Windsor (1852-1860) to teach dance to the family of Queen Victoria. Ed. Allan Thomas. Dance & Music No. 5. And A Work Book by Kellom Tomlinson: Commonplace Book of an Eighteenth-Century English Dancing Master, a Facsimile edition. Ed. Jennifer Shennan. Dance & Music No. 6. Stuyvesant NY: Pendragon Press, 1992. The Evening Post [Wellington], November 1992.

'The Piers Plowman Tradition: a Critical Edition of ‘Pierce the Ploughman’s Crede’, ‘Richard the Redeles’, ‘Mum and the Sothsegger’, andThe Crowned King’ by Helen Barr. London: Dent, 1993. Mediaevistik. Vol. 8, 1995, pp. 492-3.

Colonial Ireland in Medieval English Literature by Elizabeth L. Rambo. Selinsgrove, Penn.: Susquehanna University Press; London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1994. Studies in the Age of Chaucer. Vol. 18, 1996, pp. 275-7.

Macaronic Sermons: Bilingualism and Preaching in Late-Medieval England by Siegfried Wenzel. Recentiores: Later Latin Texts and Contexts. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1994. Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 43, 1996, pp. 307-8.

Holy Men and Holy women: Old English Prose Saints’ Lives and their Contexts, ed. Paul E. Szarmach. SUNY Series in Medieval Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. Medium Ævum. Vol. 66, 1997, pp. 182-3.

English Wycliffite Sermons, Vols IV and V, by Pamela Gradon and Anne Hudson. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 45, 1998, pp. 108-9.

The Dictionary of New Zealand English. Ed. H. W. Orsman. Auckland: Oxford UP, 1997. The Dominion [Wellington], 12 July 1997, p. 22.

The Powers of the Holy: Religion, Politics, and Gender in Late Medieval English Culture by David Aers and Lynn Staley. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania University Press, 1996. Medium Ævum. Vol. 67, 1998, pp. 133-4.

Death and Purgatory in Middle English Didactic Poetry by Takami Matsuda. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1997. Medium Ævum. Vol. 67, 1998, pp. 326-7.

New Medieval Literatures, Vol I, ed. Wendy Scase, Rita Copeland, and David Lawton. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997. Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 46, 1999, pp. 94-95.

Medieval Theology and the Natural Body, ed. Peter Biller and A. J. Minnis. York Studies in Medieval Theology I. Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, in assocation with Boydell and Brewer, 1997. Notes and Queries. New Series, Vol. 46, 1999, pp. 95-96.

David Burnley, Courtliness and Literature in Medieval England. London & New York: Longman, 1998. Parergon. New series, Vol. 16, No. 2, 1999, pp. 185-8.

Jean-Claude Schmitt, Ghosts in the Middle Ages: The Living and the Dead in Medieval Society, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1998. Parergon. New series, Vol. 17, No 2, 2000, pp. 272-4.

Steve Ellis, Chaucer at Large: The Poet in the Modern Imagination. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Medium Ævum. Vol. 71, 2002, pp. 146-7.

Stephen Greenblatt, Hamlet in Purgatory. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001. Parergon. New series, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2002, pp. 239-41.

Peter Dinzelbacher, Von der Welt durch die Hölle zum Paradies: Das mittelalterliche Jenseits. Paderborn: Schöningh, 2007. Mediaevistik: Internationale Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Mittelalterforschung. Vol. 22, 2009, pp. 319-21.

Judy Ann Ford, John Mirk’s Festial: Orthodoxy, Lollardy, and the Common People in Fourteenth-Century England. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2006. Mediaevistik: Internationale Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre Mittelalterforschung. Vol. 23, 2010, pp. 344-7.