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.