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 the literatures, languages, histories and cultures of early medieval England 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
A 9th-century scribe’s mistake can now finally be remedied. Continue reading
From the Viking mead drinking in Valhalla to the unending punishments of the Greek underworld, the afterlife has always been an imaginative place. In this blog post, I survey how the afterlife was conceptualised in early medieval England, in particular with reference to ‘old age’. Heaven is a place without old age The prime place … Continue reading
“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