I am a cultural historian of early medieval England, with a background in medieval history as well as English language and literature. The common strand in my research is gaining an understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture and of how modern generations have interacted with this early medieval heritage, in both scholarship and popular culture. My latest monograph Old Age in Early Medieval England: A Cultural History (2019) is the first book-length study of the cultural conceptualisation of growing old in Anglo-Saxon England. Multidisciplinary in approach, this book makes use of a wide variety of sources, ranging from the visual arts to hagiography, homiletic literature and heroic poetry. I also teach Old English, Middle English, Tolkien and Medieval studies at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in society.
This website provides an overview of my publications; the conferences I am involved in; the courses I teach; and my efforts to popularize the knowledge about early medieval England in the Low Countries and beyond. The website also features a blog with which I hope to inform and entertain all who are interested in the history, culture and language of the Anglo-Saxons.
In addition to the Ph.D., I hold B.A.s in English Language and Culture and Medieval History, an M.A. in English Language and Culture and an M.Phil. in Medieval History. A full CV is available here.
Latest blog posts
“Men þa leofestan!” This blog post deals with the ways in which a very common Old English phrase was differentiated by early medieval English scribes. Continue reading
The manuscripts of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle show a fascinating variety, even in those annals for which there was little to nothing to report. Continue reading
This blog post looks at how Bede’s famous parable of the sparrow was reused in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Continue reading