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History Today, Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London
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Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Saxons, Anglo-Saxon England, History of English, Old English, Medieval, manuscripts, medieval manuscripts, language, bilingualism, scribes
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Personal Info

About Me

I am Senior Editor at History Today and Associate Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London. I am currently writing Lost Voices: The Languages of Britain for Penguin Press, a history of multilingualism in Britain.

My background is in Linguistics and my PhD research was on Old English and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. I specialise in linguistics, medieval history, place-names, the history of education, the book and the printed word. I write on medieval history and the history of English for online and print magazines and newspapers.

I am also the historical language consultant for the History Channel/MGM drama, Vikings, and have provided expert advice for history books, radio, and comedy shows.

Recent Publications

‘The Treatment of Charter Bounds by the Worcester Cartulary Scribes’, New Medieval Literatures, 13 (2011), pp. 113-37

with Robert Gallagher, ‘The Endorsement Practices of Anglo-Saxon England’, The Languages of Early Medieval Charters (Brill, forthcoming)

Media Coverage
BBC Radio 3, History Today, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Huffington Post, Times Higher Education, Buzzfeed.
Country Focus
England, Britain, UK
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional