MA Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic (Cambridge); PhD (Cambridge)
I was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. In 1989–93 I was a Research Fellow then Fellow and Tutor at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In 1993–2007 I then served as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Sheffield. In 2007 Queen Elizabeth II appointed me to the the Regius Chair of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Oxford.
The courses I teach include History of the Western Church, 1050–1350 and the English Church and Mission, 597–754.
My research focuses on medieval monasticism, particularly Anglo-Saxon monasteries and women in religion. I have wider interests in the early medieval Church and society and the invention of the English, and in historiography and historical theory. An edition of the Anglo-Saxon Charters of Bury St Edmunds Abbey prepared with Kathryn A Lowe is forthcoming with the British Academy. I am currently completing a major study of the life and work of the Venerable Bede.
Veiled Women: the Disappearance of Nuns from Anglo-Saxon England (2 vols, Ashgate, 2000)
Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England c. 600–900 (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
Æthelstan: the First King of England (Yale University Press, 2011)
The Oxford History of Historical Writing, II 600–1400, ed. with Chase F. Robinson (Oxford University Press, 2012)
The Sage Handbook of Historical Theory, ed. with Nancy Partner (Sage Publications, 2013)
Bede’s Church, Jarrow Lecture 2012 (St Paul’s Church, Jarrow, 2013)
Christ Church Cathedral unveils first new stained glass in 130 years
For the first time in more than a century, a new stained glass window has been constructed and installed in Christ Church Cathedral. The vibrant statement window was designed by celebrated artist John Reyntiens MBE and produced in London by the world-renowned Reyntiens Glass Studio.
New Dean of Christ Church takes her stall
The Revd Canon Professor Sarah Foot was formally installed as the new Dean of Christ Church on Saturday in a ceremony attended by members of the college, the Cathedral congregation, the diocese, and the local community, as well as friends and family.