prof. S.I. (Sebastian) Sobecki

Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture; Professor of Old Germanic (by courtesy)

Research

Research interests

Sebastian Sobecki specialises in English literature from Chaucer to the Reformation; scribes, archives, and manuscripts; emerging ideas of authorship and literary culture (esp. Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve, Kempe, Lydgate, and Skelton); connections between law and literature; political writing and intellectual history; travel, Anglo-European contact, and global medieval literature; and continuities between medieval and early modern literary culture.

Publications
  1. Last Words: The Public Self and the Social Author in Late Medieval England

    Sobecki, S., 28-Nov-2019, Oxford University Press. 240 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

  2. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Law and Literature

    Sobecki, S. (ed.) & Barrington, C. (ed.), Jul-2019, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

  3. Medieval English Travel: A Critical Anthology

    Sobecki, S. & Bale, A., 2019, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 528 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

  4. Studies in the Age of Chaucer 41

    Sobecki, S. (ed.) & Karnes, M. (ed.), 19-Dec-2019, Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. (Studies in the Age of Chaucer)

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

  5. A Critical Companion to John Skelton

    Sobecki, S. (ed.) & Scattergood, J. (ed.), Nov-2018, Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer. 245 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

  6. The Handwriting of Fifteenth-Century Privy Seal and Council Clerks

    Sobecki, S., 2-Sep-2020, In : The Review of English Studies. 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  7. The Handwriting of Fifteenth-Century Signet Clerks and the King’s French Secretaries

    Sobecki, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Scribal Cultures in Late Medieval England. Connolly, M., James-Maddocks, H. & Pearsall, D. (eds.). Boydell & Brewer

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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

    Sobecki, S., Jun-2019, In : ELH. 86, 2, p. 413-440 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  9. The Earliest Record of John Lydgate at Hatfield Regis

    Sobecki, S., 2019, In : Chaucer review. 54, 2, p. 216-220 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  10. Hares, Rabbits, Pheasants: Piers Plowman and William Longewille, a Norfolk Rebel in 1381

    Sobecki, S., Apr-2018, In : The Review of English Studies. 69, 289, p. 216-236 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  11. 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: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  12. Ecce patet tensus: The Trentham Manuscript, In Praise of Peace, and John Gower's Autograph Hand

    Sobecki, S., Oct-2015, In : Speculum-A journal of medieval studies. 90, 4, 40 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  13. “The writyng of this tretys”: Margery Kempe’s Son and the Authorship of Her Book

    Sobecki, S., Nov-2015, In : Studies in the Age of Chaucer. 37, p. 257-283 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  14. Unwritten Verities: The Making of England's Vernacular Legal Culture, 1463-1549

    Sobecki, S., Mar-2015, Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. 264 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

  15. 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: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  16. 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: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  17. Bureaucratic Verse: William Lyndwood, the Privy Seal and the Form of The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye

    Sobecki, S. I., 2010, In : New Medieval Literatures. 12, p. 251-288 38 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  18. The Sea and Medieval English Literature

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

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

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Press / Media
  1. The Guardian: Document casts new light on Chaucer 'rape' case

    Sebastian Sobecki

    07/06/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: ResearchPopular

  2. BBC Radio 4, expert interview on medieval travel writing

    Sebastian Sobecki

    01/04/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement ActivitiesPopular

  3. BBC: The 500-year-old poem that captivated Reddit

    Sebastian Sobecki

    08/10/2014

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: OtherPopular

  4. Six Degrees of Chaucer: How Southwark Shaped The Canterbury Tales

    Sebastian Sobecki

    01/06/2018

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: ResearchPopular

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Activities
  1. Studies in the Age of Chaucer (Journal)

    Sebastian Sobecki (Editor), Michelle Karnes (Editor)
    1-Jan-20191-Jan-2024

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityAcademic

  2. The New Chaucer Society (External organisation)

    Sebastian Sobecki (Member)
    20162018

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committeeAcademic

  3. London Chaucer Conference

    Sebastian Sobecki (Keynote speaker)
    2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationProfessional

  4. The Hakluyt Society (External organisation)

    Sebastian Sobecki (Member)
    2015

    Activity: MembershipMembership of boardAcademic

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

    Sebastian Sobecki (Keynote speaker)
    2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationProfessional

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Prizes
  1. Yale University Beinecke Library Fellowship

    Sebastian Sobecki (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

  2. Visiting Fellowship, All Souls College, Oxford

    Sebastian Sobecki (Recipient), Jan-2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

  3. John Hurt Fisher Prize 2016

    Sebastian Sobecki (Recipient), 2016

    PrizeAcademic

  4. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library

    Sebastian Sobecki (Recipient), Jul-2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

  5. NWO Visitor's Grant April-July 2016

    Sebastian Sobecki (Recipient), Apr-2016

    PrizeAcademic

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