Staff Profile


Dr Michael Bintley

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923797

Profile summary

I studied my BA, MA, and PhD (2009) at UCL, and taught at UCL and Oxford University before joining Christ Church in 2012.

I am Subject Lead for English Literature, and teach the following undergraduate modules:

- Monsters and the Monstrous: Further Old English Language and Literature
- Nature and Environment in Later Medieval Literature
- Martyrs and Exiles: Old English Language and Literature
- The Once and Future King: Arthurian Literature
- Texts and Contexts I: Medieval to 18th Century

I also co-teach the English Literature MA module Imagining England.

My research and teaching interests are focused on religious and social transition, landscapes and settlements, and representations of the natural world.

Research and knowledge exchange

Journal articles and book chapters recently completed:

Hrinde Bearwas: The Roots of All Evil in Beowulf [journal article]
- Romans, Britons, and the Construction of Anglo-Saxon Identity [book chapter]
Aquas ab aquis: Aqueous Creation in Andreas [book chapter]
Andreas and the Self-Eating City [book chapter]
- 'The stone of the wall will cry out': Lithic Emissaries and Marble Messengers in Andreas [book chapter]
- '"How deserted lies the city, once so full of people": The Reclamation of Intramural Space in Anglo-Saxon Literature' [book chapter]
- 'As Above, So Below: Roofing Heaven and Earth in Caedmon's Hymn and the Historia Ecclesiastica' [book chapter]

In preparation:

- Settlements and Strongholds: Landscape and Literature in Early Medieval England [monograph]
- Insular Iconographies: Materiality and Material Culture in the Insular World [co-edited book]

Teaching and subject expertise

Early and later medieval history, literature, and culture

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a former Councillor of the Viking Society for Northern Research. I am also editor of the book series 'Nature and Environment in the Middle Ages' for Boydell and Brewer.

External activities

I gave the following conference papers and talks in 2017:

- ‘Settlements and Strongholds in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Landscape’, day school at The Wuffing Education Study Centre at Sutton Hoo, for Study Days on Early English History and Culture, Sutton Hoo, 07/2017
- ‘Effacing and Embracing Romans and Britons in Anglo-Saxon England’, Recovering the Past Conference, University of York, 06/2017
- ‘Aquas ab Aquis: Aqueous Creation in Andreas’, Medieval Cultures Research Seminar, Queen’s University Belfast, 03/2017 

Publications and research outputs


- Stasis in the Medieval West? Questioning Change and Continuity, ed. with Martin Locker, Victoria Symons, and Mary Wellesley (Palgrave, 2017)
- Sensory Perception in the Medieval West, ed. with Simon Thomson (Brepols, 2016)
- Andreas: an Edition, ed. with Richard North, Exeter Medieval Texts (Liverpool University Press, 2016)
- Representing Beasts in Early Medieval Britain and Scandinavia, ed. with Tom Williams (Boydell and Brewer, 2015)
- Trees in the Religions of Early Medieval England (Boydell and Brewer, 2015)
- Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World, ed. with Michael G. Shapland (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Selected book chapters and journal articles:

- 'Beacons of Belief: Seasonal Change and Sacred Trees in Britain from Prehistory to the Late Middle Ages', Stasis in the Medieval West? (2017), 27-45 
'Plant Life in the Poetic Edda', in Sensory Perception in the Medieval West (2016), 227-43 
- 'Where the Wild Things are in Old English Poetry', in Representing Beasts (2015), 205-28
- 'Where are the Wics in Old English Poetry?', in The Art, Literature, and Material Culture of the Medieval World, ed. J. Hawkes, M. Boulton, and M. Herman (Dublin, 2015) 
- 'The Translation of St Oswald's Relics to New Minster, Gloucester: Royal and Imperial Resonances', ASSAH 19 (2015), 171-81
- 'Brungen of Bearwe: Ploughing Common Furrows in Riddle 21, The Dream of the Rood, and the Æcerbot Charm', in Trees and Timber (2013), 144-57
- 'Recasting the Role of Sacred Trees in Anglo-Saxon Spiritual History', inTrees and Timber (2013), 211-27
- 'Material Culture: Archaeology and Text', in Beowulf and Other Stories, 2nd edn (Harlow, 2012), 246-73
- ‘Landscape Gardening: Remodelling the Hortus Conclusus in Judgement Day II’, RES 62.253 (2011), 1-14
- ‘Demythologising Urban Landscapes in Andreas’, LSE n.s. 40 (2009), 105-18


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