I’m an Assistant Professor and Zeno Karl Schindler / Barker Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Durham University. My research interests span the cultural and intellectual history of the early and high Middle Ages, with a particular focus on manuscripts and book history. I’m currently working on secret writing and cryptography in Durham Priory Library manuscripts from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, examining community identity, the social experience of secrecy, and the boundary between graphic symbol and written word.


2015: PhD in History, University of Cambridge

2011: MPhil in Medieval History, University of Cambridge

2009: BA in French and German, University of Bristol

Other Publications


‘Miscellanies, Christian reform and early medieval encyclopaedism: a reconsideration of the pre-bestiary Physiologus manuscripts’, Historical Research 90:250 (November 2017), 665–82. (London Institute of Historical Research Pollard Prize winner 2016).

‘Strategies of Knowledge Organisation in Early Medieval Latin Miscellanies: The Example of Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 14388’, in Writing the Early Medieval West, ed. Elina Screen and Charles West (Cambridge University Press, April 2018), 146–68.

‘Visualizing codicologically and textually complex manuscripts’, accepted by Manuscript Studies (for publication in autumn 2019).

‘Reading Early Medieval Miscellanies’, Proceedings of the XXth Colloquium of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine, Bibliologia (Brepols, forthcoming in 2020).

‘Power and Resource Regimes: A Study of the Impact of Social Relationships on the Function of Resources’, with Alexander Krey, in Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes. Trajectories of a New Research Program, ed. Iwo Amelung et al. (Campus Verlag, 2018), pp. 255–92.

As editor/translator

A Partial Survey of Centres Writing Caroline Minuscule, c. 700–1000, University of Pennsylvania Schoenberg Center for Manuscript Studies, litteracarolina.upenndigitalscholarship.org (2014–present).

Copy-editor and translator of Digital Philology and Medieval Studies in the German-Speaking World, ed. Christopher Young and Mark Chinca (Digital Philology. A Journal of Medieval Cultures 6.2, 2017).

Encyclopaedia articles

‘Lanfranc of Bec’ in the Middle Ages and Reformation, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 15: Kalam – Lectio, ed. Allison et al. (September 2017).

‘Incunabula of the Bible’, ‘Jacob’, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, ‘Jericho’, ‘Jerome’ in the Middle Ages and Reformation, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 13: Integrity–Jesuit Order, ed. Allison et al. (August 2016).

‘Gift’ and ‘Good’ in the Middle Ages and Reformation, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Vol. 10: Genocide–Hakkoz, ed. Allison et al. (December 2014).

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