Christopher Berard

Visiting Faculty

Contact Information:


Ruane Center for the Humanities LL18


Ph.D. - Medieval Studies University of Toronto

Brief Biography

Dr. Christopher Michael Berard completed his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto's Centre for Medieval Studies. He is a visiting assistant professor of English at Providence College. Dr. Berard's research explores the use of literature as a model for imitation and emulation by historical figures past and present. More specifically, Dr. Berard's scholarship analyzes how Post-Conquest kings of England have emulated and otherwise used the legendary British King Arthur for political gain, and how this activity has in turn impacted depictions of Arthur in literature. Dr. Berard is a member of the International Arthurian Society and of the International Medieval Chronicle Society. He is presently preparing for publication his monograph manuscript on Arthurian Imitation in Plantagenet England, 1154-1307.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Arthurian Imitation in Medieval England King Arthur in Popular Culture

Selected Publications:

Berard, C. (2016) Edward III's Abandoned Order of the Round Table Revisited: Political Arthurianism after Poitiers. Arthurian Literature.(33), 70–109.

Berard, C. (2016) King Arthur and the Canons of Laon. Arthuriana: The Quarterly for the International Arthurian Society-North American Branch .(26), 91-119.

Berard, C. (2012) Edward III's Abandoned Order of the Round Table . Arthurian Literature.(29), 1–40.