Godfried Croenen


Godfried Croenen is a Reader in French Historical Studies. He studied history at the universities of Leuven and Ghent and was postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, before joining the University of Liverpool in 1997. He specializes in the medieval history of France and the Low Countries with a particular interest in medieval chronicles and the history of the book in the medieval and early modern period. Most of his recent publications concern Jean Froissart’s Chronicles and the manuscripts and early prints through which this important historical work was transmitted.
His current research is concerned with the development of specific late-medieval forms of history writing and their relation to more literary genres, on the one hand, and the growing market for these writings and the manuscripts through which they were transmitted, on the other. He approaches this issue through a study of the author Jean Froissart, who wrote a well-known chronicle on the period of the Hundred Years’ War, as well as an Arthurian romance (the Meliador), and a large collection of courtly poetry (see the Bibliography Jean Froissart). Godfried has recently completed the Online Froissart, an electronic edition of select manuscripts of Froissart’s Chronicles, which was a joint project with the University of Sheffield. He is currently preparing critical editions of Froissart’s Chronique de Flandre and of the ‘C’ versions of Books I and II of his Chronicles.