Susan Foran


My research focus is the literature of chivalry and war emanating from the Anglo-Scottish conflicts known as the wars of independence (1296–1357) and the Hundred Years War (1337–1453), primarily between England and France. My doctoral thesis (Trinity College Dublin, 2007) and postdoctoral fellowships (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Royal Society of Edinburgh, University of Bergen, and Fordham University) focused on royal biography, romance and chivalry, and chivalry and national identity. My current research focuses on the medieval ‘law of arms’, chivalry and the environment, sacralization of battlefields in late medieval historical writing and chivalry and just war theory. I am the coordinator of the Chivalry Network at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

Research projects


Political Literatures


Conference papers

Foran, S. (2023). Medieval Life-Writing. Paper presented at the International Medieval Congress 2023, held at the University of Leeds on Monday 03 - Thursday 06 July 2023

Foran, S. (2022). Borders of Violence. Paper presented at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds from July 4 to 7, 2022

Foran, S. (2022). The kingis chevalry : The violence of the king in Barbour’s Bruce (c.1375). Paper presented at the Violence and Virtue in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Trinity College Dublin, 1–2 December 2022

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