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Professor Meg Twycross

Professor Meg Twycross


County College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592244
Location: B212
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Medieval English theatre; medieval iconography; medieval performance conditions; virtual restoration of manuscripts; allegorical theatre.

Research Interests

Professor Meg Twycross is Executive Editor of the journal Medieval English Theatreand its associated publications, and has published widely on medieval theatre. Her book, written with Dr Sarah Carpenter of Edinburgh University, on Masks and Masking in Medieval and Early Tudor England (Ashgate, 2002) won the 2004 David Bevington Award for the best book in Early Drama Studies. In March 2001 she was presented with a festschrift in her honour entitled Porci ante Margaritam.  She is editing a collection of essays on the latest work on the manuscript of the Towneley Plays, and amassing a body of work on Tudor allegorical theatre.

Since 1993/94 she has been involved with the use of computers in Humanities research and teaching: see e.g. the AHRC ICT Methods Network Expert Seminars. Her latest investigations apply forensic document-examination and virtual-restoration techniques to high-resolution digital scans of manuscripts.  Her two main objects are the 1415 York Ordo paginarum, where she has managed to retrieve writing which was scraped out and overwritten in the 1510s and even earlier (see Medieval English Theatre vol. 25); and the manuscript Journals of George Fox, contributing, with Hilary Hinds and Alison Findlay, to the project on Early Quakers in the North West whose website is going online in instalments.

She also specialises in medieval iconography and in the meticulous research recreation of medieval performance conditions in great halls and in the streets, including the organisation of two pageant-waggon sequences along part of the original route of the York Mystery Plays for the York festivals of 1988 and 1992. Her latest was a recreation with Elisabeth Dutton of Lydgate's Mumming for the Mercers of London (1429/30) at the Harlaxton Medieval Symposium in July 2012.  Her videos made with Lancaster University Television have been digitised and are used widely for teaching. She is also involved with the EDOX (Early Drama at Oxford) project.

Her research into the origins of 'true processional' staging also involves investigating the pictorial and archival evidence of pageant waggons and theatrical processions in the Southern Low Countries, especially Leuven in Belgium.

Meg Twycross has an MA, B.Litt, and Cert Ed from the University of Oxford, where she was College Lecturer at Worcester College and St Edmund Hall before coming to Lancaster in 1974.

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Other Interests and Hobbies

Photography, local history and website construction.


Medieval Theatre: Codes and Genres.

Twycross, M. A. 2007 The Blackwell Companion to Medieval Literature and Culture. Blackwell, 454 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


The Theatre.

Twycross, M. A. 2006 The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture. Blackwell, 338 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Forget the 4.30 am Start: Recovering a Palimpsest in the York Ordo Paginarum.

Twycross, M. A. 1/09/2005 In: Medieval English Theatre. 25, p. 98-152 55 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Masks and Masking in Medieval and Early Tudor England.

Twycross, M. A. & Carpenter, S. 2002 Ashgate. 418 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

'Fart prike in cule': the pictures.

Twycross, M., Jones, M. & Fletcher, A. J. 2002 In: Medieval English Theatre. 23, p. 100-121 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


The Leuven Ommegang and Leuven City archives: report on work in progress.

Twycross, M. A. 2001 Proceedings of the 4th international conference on European medieval drama: Camerino. Lascombes, A. (ed.). Turnhout: Brepols

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Teaching palaeography on the web.

Twycross, M. A. 1999 In: Literary and Linguistic Computing. 14, 2, p. 257-284 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Medieval stage design.

Twycross, M. A. 1999 The dictionary of art. Turner, J. (ed.). New York: Grove

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

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