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Ad Putter

(he, his)
Professor of Medieval English Literature, University of Bristol

Ad Putter works on medieval literatures and languages, particularly medieval English, French, Latin and Dutch. He began his research career with a study of the influence of French Arthurian romance on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This PhD dissertation of the topic was published by Oxford University Press as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance. The Gawain Poet has remained an interest ever since: his latest contribution to this area is an edition of all four poems for Penguin, The Works of the Gawain Poet (2014), co-edited with colleague Myra Stokes. He is also interested in other stories about King Arthur, and wrote the chapter on the twelfth century in The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend, which he co-edited with Elizabeth Archibald. Editing the Gawain poet led to an interest in the metre of alliterative poetry, and with Judith Jefferson he has explored the metres of Middle English alliterative poems and romances in articles and books. He is currently working on a Leverhume-funded research project on Anglo-Dutch relations in the medieval and early modern period. In 2019, he was elected Fellow of the British Academy.


  • 2009–present
    Professor, University of Bristol


Fellow of the British Academy