prof. dr. S.I. (Sebastian) Sobecki

Hoogleraar Engelse letterkunde en cultuurkunde van de Middeleeuwen

Research

Research interests

My research concentrates on medieval English and early Tudor literature, especially Chaucer and Gower. I work with archives and manuscripts, and am interested in law, politics, travel, and Anglo-European contact. 

I am completing the first two volumes of a 14-volume edition of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations for Oxford University Press (general editors: Dan Carey and Claire Jowitt). These two volumes will include 70 of the medieval texts printed by Hakluyt. With Anthony Bale I am co-editing Medieval English Travel: A Critical Anthology (for Oxford University Press, 2018). Furthermore, I am editing with Candace Barrington The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Law and Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and, with John Scattergood, a companion to Skelton (D.S. Brewer, 2018). I am working on my third monograph, The Material Politics of England's Fifteenth-Century Literature (Oxford University Press). I am the editor of The Travels of Sir John Peyton the Younger (1579–1635), for the Hakluyt Society, in two volumes, and I am preparing The Cambridge History of Medieval Travel Writing.

My recent work on Chaucer and Gower has appeared in Speculum in 2015 and 2017, and I have a forthcoming article on Piers Plowman in The Review of English StudiesI am also writing commissioned chapters on 'Pilgrimage and Travel' for Peter Brown's New Companion to Chaucer; on Hakluyt's medieval texts for The Oxford Hakluyt Handbook; on Chaucer's contemporary reception by Usk, Gower, and Hoccleve for Critical Survey. My current research concentrates on the earliest reception of Chaucer.

My latest monograph on John Fortescue, common law, English Humanism, and the Reformation, Unwritten Verities: The Making of England's Vernacular Legal Culture, 1463-1549, has been published by Notre Dame University Press in 2015.

I have written on my research for the British Library's European Studies Blog and for the Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon Blog, on Margery Kempe.

Publications
  1. Wards and Widows: Troilus and Criseyde and New Documents on Chaucer's Life

    Sobecki, S. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : ELH.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. A Southwark Tale: Gower, the Poll Tax of 1381, and Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

    Sobecki, S. Jul-2017 In : Speculum-A journal of medieval studies. 92, 3, p. 630-660 30 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Lydgate’s Kneeling Retraction: The Testament as a Literary Palinode

    Sobecki, S. Jan-2015 In : Chaucer review. 49, 3, p. 265-293 28 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  4. John Peyton's A Relation of the State of Polonia and the Accession of King James I, 1598-1603

    Sobecki, S. I. 2014 In : The English Historical Review. 129, 540, p. 1079-1097 19 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  5. The Sea and Medieval English Literature

    Sobecki, S. I. 2008 Cambridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer. 205 p. (Studies in medieval romance; vol. 5)

    Research output: ScientificBook

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Press / Media
  1. Dziennik Bałtycki: Angielska mistyczka w Gdańsku

    Sebastian Sobecki

    18/05/2015

    1 item of media coverage

    Press / Media: Research

  2. UK (U of Groningen): Margery's Voice

    Sebastian Sobecki

    15/05/2015

    1 item of media coverage

    Press / Media: Research

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Activities
  1. London Chaucer Conference

    Sobecki, S. (Keynote speaker)
    2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Pirate Fiction in the Middle Ages, c. 500 - c.1500 AD

    Sobecki, S. (Keynote speaker)
    2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern Period

    Sobecki, S. (Keynote speaker)
    2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  4. The Hakluyt Society (External organisation)

    Sobecki, S. (Member)
    2015 → …

    Activity: ScientificMembership of network

  5. Index of Middle English Prose (External organisation)

    Sobecki, S. (Member)
    2016 → …

    Activity: ScientificMembership of committee

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