Reading Medieval Studies

ISSN 0950-3129

The GCMS publishes a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, Reading Medieval Studies. One issue is published annually. Guest editors are welcomed for either special or regular issues.

The journal was launched in 1975. Reading Medieval Studies is edited by Carolina Escobar-Vargas ( ).

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Forthcoming: Special issue - Law's  Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul Hyams

Expected November 2014


Latest Issue:

Reading Medieval Studies XXXIX (2013)

Dr Tony Moore (University of Reading)

'Score it upon my taille': the use (and abuse) of tallies by the medieval Exchequer

Dr Milosz Sosnowski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)

'Prussians the bees, Prussians the dogs - the metaphors in debating pagan society in the early hagiography of St Adalbert of Prague.

Dr Jane Bliss (Independent Scholar, University of Oxford)

Vignalis, or Guénaël of Alderney: A Legend and its Medieval Sources

Professor William C. McDonald (University of Virginia, USA)

Locating the Source: Beheim's Ain gruss und ain lob der juncfrawen, a 15th-Century Vernacular Rendition of the Marian Prayer Ave ancilla trinitatis

Professor Catherine Léglu (University of Reading)

The Child of Babylon and the Problem of Paternity in Medieval French Alexander Romances

Carys Gadsden

Short piece for 'Notes and Queries' - title to be confirmed


Guidelines for submissions:

Reading Medieval Studies welcomes articles that are longer than standard length. Your paper should be no longer than 10,000 words (including notes and bibliography).

You may submit your article either in hard copy or as an email attachment (see contact details below). For electronic copies, Microsoft Word is preferred to WordPerfect.

Articles are normally published in English.

The editors are committed to giving feedback on every submitted article within a delay of 8 weeks.


Articles should be submitted in a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman), double-spaced, 12 point.  Paragraphs should be indented to 0.7cm.

Please note that short quotations should be enclosed within single quotation marks and run on with the main text; longer quotations and lines of verse should be separated from the preceding and subsequent text and should be indented. Quotation marks are not required for these. Download an example here Long-Quotes

Quotations of medieval texts or in any language other than English should be translated, either in a note or (in the case of primary sources) immediately after the quotation.

All bibliographical references should appear in the notes. Unless specifically instructed otherwise, do not include a 'Works cited' section. Notes should appear as endnotes, not footnotes.

Bibliographical references


First reference:

E. Ronsjö, La Vie de saint Nicolas par Wace, poème religieux du XIIe siècle publié d'apres tous les manuscrits, Etudes romanes de Lund 5 (Lund, Gleerup; Copenhagen,Munksgaard, 1942).

William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum Anglorum. The History of the English Kings. William of Malmesbury, ed. and trans. R. A. B.Mynors, R. A. Thomson and W. Winterbottom, 2 vols. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1998-99), Book ii. 178.


a) in books, first reference:

E. M. C. van Houts, 'The Adaptation of the Gesta Normannorum Ducum by Wace and Benoît', in Non nova sed nove: Mélanges de civilisation médiévale dédiés à Willem Noomen, ed. M. Gosman and J. van Os (Groningen, Bouma's Boekhuis, 1984), pp. 115-24 (for full article) or 115-24 (120) for reference to a particular point.

b) in journals, first reference:

Jean Blacker-Knight, 'Wace's craft and his audience: historical truth, bias and patronage in the Roman de Rou', Kentucky Romance Quarterly, 31 (1984): 355-62 (for full article) or 355-62 (356-7) for reference to a particular point.

Subsequent references:

Ronsjö, p. 68.

Ronsjö, Nicolas, p. 68. (if more than one work by Ronsjö has been cited in the article)

William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum, Book ii. 178.

van Houts, p. 120.

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Submissions should be sent to: 

The Editor:

Dr Carolina Escobar-Vargas

Department of History

University of Reading


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