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Poetic Knowledge in Late Medieval France

This project was awarded a substantial research grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to study the role of poetry in French culture from the late thirteenth to the early sixteenth centuries in transmitting and shaping knowledge. It looked not only at the explicit content of the poetry but also, more importantly, at the kinds of knowledge that are implied by its form and context, at the types of expertise to which it gives rise, and at the nature of the communities it presupposes or creates.

The project was funded for four and a half years from January 2005, and was based in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester and the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge. The award-holders were Professor Adrian Armstrong in Manchester (Principal Investigator) and Professor Sylvia Huot in Cambridge (Co-Investigator), with the collaboration of Professor Sarah Kay (Princeton University). The Research Associates who worked on this project were Dr Rebecca Dixon, Dr Miranda Griffin, Dr Francesca Nicholson and Dr Fionnùala Sinclair.

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