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

Hoogleraar Engelse letterkunde en cultuurkunde van de Middeleeuwen


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.


  1. London Chaucer Conference

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

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

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  4. The Hakluyt Society (External organisation)

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  5. Index of Middle English Prose (External organisation)

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