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Dr. Rebecca Hardie

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Research Interests

My current research project examines sisters in early medieval England (650-1200) as part of the SFB 1167 sub-project "Feminine Charisma. Figurations of Macht and Herrschaft in England and France (700–1500)" led by Prof. Dr. Irina Dumitrescu

I am also completing work on my first book project on Translation and Devotion in Anglo-Saxon England, focusing on the sermons and homilies of the late tenth-century manuscript ‘The Vercelli Book.’

My research interests include gender and power, the medieval family, Anglo-Saxon sermons and homilies, and translation studies.



PhD. English, King’s College London (2017)

M St. English (650-1550), University of Oxford (2012)

B.A. Hons English Literature and Language, King’s College London (2010)


Professional Experience

Post-doctoral researcher, University of Bonn in SFB 1167: Macht und Herrschaft – Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive (current)

Stipendiary Lecturer Medieval English Literature and Language, University of Göttingen (2016-2018)

Faith Centre Coordinator on programmes of Faith and Leadership, Interfaith Dialogue and Conflict Resolution, London School of Economics and Political Science (2015-2016)

Teaching Fellow English Literature, King’s College London (2013-2015)



I have taught on various aspects of Old English and Middle English Literature and Historical Linguistics. I have also supervised undergraduate and graduate student dissertations on a range of topics in the field. A selection of taught course titles:

The Medieval Family’ (M.A.)

Self-Formation in Medieval Literature and Culture (B.A.)

Pain and Pleasure in Medieval Literature and Culture (B.A.)

Preaching and Teaching in Anglo-Saxon England (B.A.)

Translating Old English Poetry from Past to Present (B.A.)

Introduction to Historical Linguistics (B.A.)




Translation and Devotion in Anglo-Saxon England. Manuscript in Progress.  

Edited Collections

Æthelflæd Lady of the Mercians and Women in the Tenth Century, ed. by Rebecca Hardie (Michigan Institute Press, forthcoming).

Relations of Power: Women’s Networks in the Middle Ages, ed. By Rebecca Hardie, Emma Bérat, Irina Dumitrescu (University of Bonn Press, forthcoming)

‘Women in Vercelli VII’, in Anglo-Saxon Women: A Florilegium, ed. by Emily Butler, Irina Dumitrescu and Hilary E. Fox. (forthcoming)

‘Not Always What They Seam? A Re-examination of Three Composite Vercelli Homilies (XIX-XXI),’ The Anonymous Anglo-Saxon Homily, ed. by Susan Irvine and Winfried Rudolf, under review.

Journal Articles

‘Male and Female Devotion in the Vercelli Book’, English Studies (forthcoming, January 2019)

with Fran Allfrey, Francesca Brooks, Joshua Davies, Carl Kears, Clare Lees, Kathryn Maude, James Paz, Hana Videen and Victoria Walker, ‘New Ways to Know the Medieval: Creativity, Pedagogy & Public Engagement’, Old English Newsletter, 46 (2016)


The Complete Old English Poems: Translated by Craig Williamson. Anglia 136 (March 2018), 200-204.


Grants and Awards

AHRC Full Scholarship for Postdoctoral Research (2012-2015)

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Grant for £1,100 King’s College London for conference presentations at Leeds IMC (2015 and 2016) and the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (2015).