Jager, Eric


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B.A., Calvin College, 1979;

M.A, University of Michigan, 1982;

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1987.



Old English, Middle English and Continental Medieval Literature, Classical Culture, and Literary Theory.


Selected Works

The Tempter’s Voice: Language and the Fall in Medieval Literature (Cornell, 1993)

The Book of the Heart (Chicago, 2000)

The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France (Broadway, 2004)

Blood Royal:  A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris (Little, Brown, 2014)

Duke John’s Skull: The Murder that Made the Hundred Years’ War (in progress)

Additional Information

Eric Jager came to UCLA from Columbia University in 1996 and teaches medieval literature, including courses on Beowulf, Chaucer, the epic, and the romance. His other interests include classics, Saint Augustine, the history of the book, and literary theory. His work has appeared in SpeculumMedium Aevum, and Studies in Philology, as well as in various edited collections, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post legal blog, and The Daily Beast. He has given invited talks at many universities, including Princeton, Duke, Chicago, Michigan, British Columbia, Caen, Orléans, and Lille, as well as  the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Library in Paris. His awards include a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Weiss/Brown Award from The Newberry Library. His book, The Last Duel, has sold in nine languages worldwide, was featured on NPR, Radio France, and BBC radio’s “Book of the Week,” was adapted for a BBC TV documentary and shortlisted by the Crime Writers’ Association (U.K.) for the Nonfiction “Gold Dagger.” His latest book, Blood Royal, recounts a 1407 conspiracy to assassinate a member of the French royal family and how the crime was solved by one of history’s first detectives, who detailed his investigation on a thirty-foot parchment scroll.

NPR Interview with Eric Jager:

CSM Interview about Game of Thrones

Interest Areas
• Medieval Studies