Marion Turner is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow in English at Jesus College. She specializes in medieval literature and culture, with a particular focus on Chaucer. She is the author of Chaucerian Conflict (2007) and the editor of A Handbook of Middle English Studies (2013). Her most recent book is Chaucer: A European Life (2019), a major biography of the great medieval poet.
Books by Marion Turner
Interviews with Marion Turner
The medieval era in Europe lasted a millennium and saw massive social change and technological innovation, as well as calamities like the Black Death. That makes it a great period for historical fiction, offering a glimpse of a past that was very different from our own lives, and yet can resonate with the present. Here Marion Turner, Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, recommends some of her favourite historical novels set in the Middle Ages and explains why she finds them so compelling.
Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales not only revolutionized English poetry—they’re also extremely funny and moving. Oxford Professor Marion Turner, who has written the first full-length biography of Chaucer in a generation, tells us about the extraordinary man who wrote them and why we should all read the Canterbury Tales.
Interviews where books by Marion Turner were recommended
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
by Hallie Rubenhold
The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans
by David Abulafia
Chaucer: A European Life
by Marion Turner
A History of the Bible
by John Barton
A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution
by Toby Green
Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire
by Prashant Kidambi
If you’re looking for the best history books published this past year, the annual Wolfson History Prize is a great place to start. Each year, the judges pick out outstanding books that are both originally researched and readable. Historian and Wolfson judge Richard Evans talks us through the six history books that made the 2020 shortlist.