Marion Turner is associate professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. She specializes in medieval literature and culture, with a particular focus on Chaucer. Her latest book — Chaucer: A European Life — is a major biography of the great medieval poet, published by Princeton University Press in 2019. Her other books include Chaucerian Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2007) and A Handbook of Middle English Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). She publishes widely in books and journals and is interested in life-writing, the medical humanities, and the history of gender as well as medieval literature and history more generally.
Marion Turner's "Chaucer: A European Life" depicts the poet’s life in vivid detail, yet it tries too hard to accommodate Chaucer to our own century....