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University of Cambridge
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    Dr Henry Ravenhall

    Murray Edwards College
    Huntingdon Road
    CB2 0DF

    British Academy Research Fellow in Medieval French




    BA (Lon), MA (Lon), PhD (Lon)

    Research Interests:    

    • medieval French literature and manuscript culture
    • medieval history-writing and theories of temporality
    • affect and emotion
    • history of the senses
    • philology
    • the philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy and Jacques Rancière


    Henry did his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at King’s College London, where he completed a PhD in French in 2020. Before joining the MMLL Faculty as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2021, he held postdoctoral research positions at King’s College London and Freie Universität Berlin.


    • ‘Veiled Reading, Reading Veils: Textile Curtains and the Experiences of Medieval French Manuscripts (1200–1325)’, Digital Philology (forthcoming).
    • ‘The Date, Author, and Context of the Roman de Silence: A Reassessment’, Medium Ævum, 91 (2022), 70–99.
    • ‘All Roads Lead to Rome: Revisiting the Pairing of the Histoire ancienne jusqu'à César and the Faits des Romains in the Thirteenth Century’, Romania, 139 (2021), 5–36.
    • ‘The Untimely Subject: Reporting Discourse and Bearing Witness in Villehardouin's La Conquête de Constantinople and Yannick Haenel's Jan Karski’, Interfaces, 7 (2020), 9–36.
    • ‘L'expérience The Values of French Language and Literature in the European Middle Ages’, in ed. Marta Materni, ‘Autour du Roman de Florimont. Approches multidisciplinaires à la complexité textuelle médiévale’, Quaderni di Francigena, 2 (2020), 151–163.