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Michael Cichon, STM B.A. (St Francis Xavier), M.A. (Wales, Bangor), M.A. (Toronto), M.S.L. (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Faculty Member in English
STM Faculty Member in English

St. Thomas More 221

Research Area(s)

  • Mediaeval Welsh language and literature
  • The blood feud
  • Arthurian literature
  • The Cult of Chivalry and the Religion of Love
  • Perceptions of the Welsh in Old English


Violence and Vengeance in Middle Welsh and Middle English Narrative: Owein and Ywain and Gawain. (Mellen, forthcoming)

"Mishandled Vessels: Heaving Drinks and Hurling Insults in Medieval Welsh Literature and Law," Canadian Journal of History 43.2 (2008) 227-40.

"Eros and Error: Gross Sexual Transgression in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi," in A. Hopkins and C.J. Rushton, eds., The Erotic in the Literature of Medieval Britain (2007).

"'Tis Policy and Stratagem Must Do': Rape, Deception, and Vendetta in The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus," in M. Crane, R. Raiswell, and M. Reeves, eds., Shell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650) (Toronto, 2004) 105-22.

"Insult and Redress in Cyfraith Hywel Dda and Welsh Arthurian Romance," Arthuriana 10.3 (2000) 27-43.


England Wales feud literature medieval

The Cult of Chivalry, the Religion of Love and the Rhetoric of Feud. Michael Cichon studies the vernacular literatures of the British Isles, with a particular interest in legal and anthropological approaches to analysing those literary traditions and the cultures which produced them. He has published essays on the erotic in medieval Welsh literature, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, and Welsh Arthurian romances. His current work involves proverbs in older Scots literature as well as perceptions of the Welsh in Old English.