Dr Mary Wellesley

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Writer and Researcher, Discovering Literature: Medieval England
Middle English, medieval English literary manuscripts
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Mary did her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford before moving to University College London to pursue post-graduate research. Her doctoral thesis examined the manuscripts of the Life of Our Lady by the Benedictine monk and poet, John Lydgate (c. 1370–1450). 

Alongside her academic work, Mary also writes and reviews for non-academic publications. Her work has appeared in Apollo, The Economist’s 1843 Magazine, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Literary Review, The London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement, amongst others.

At the British Library she is responsible for further developing the Discovering Literature online learning resource.



  • (co-editor with Michael Bintley et al), Stasis in the Medieval West: Questioning Change and Continuity (New York: Palgrave, forthcoming).


  • '“Evyr to be songe and also to be seyn”: Play and Interplay in the N-Town “Visit to Elizabeth”', Pecia 16 (2013), pp. 153–66
  • 'A Previously Unrecorded Manuscript Version of Lydgate’s Testament’, Notes and Queries 62 (2015), pp. 27–28
  • ‘A Tudor Inscription in London, British Library Harley MS 629’, Notes and Queries 63 (2016), pp. 376–77

Chapters in Books

  • ‘Static “Menyng” and Transitory “Melodye” in Lydgate’s Seying of the Nightingale’, in Stasis in the Medieval West.
  • ‘Textual Lyricism in Lydgate’s Fifteen Joys and Sorrows of Our Lady’, in Middle English Lyric: Form, Focus, Function, eds. Julia Boffey and Christiana Whitehead (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming)