Eleanor ParkerPositions

Lecturer in Medieval English Literature


BA, M.Phil, D.Phil (Oxford)

Academic Background and Previous Positions

I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2013. I then held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, researching interpretations of the Danish Conquest in medieval historical writing and teaching at Worcester College.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

Old and Middle English Literature, English Language, Old Norse Literature.

Research Interests

My research focuses on historical narratives in literature produced in England between c.1000 and c.1400. I’m especially interested in narratives about the Danes in England, representations of the pre-Conquest past, and the intersections between historical writing, fiction, and romance. I am currently working on a monograph, The History and Legends of Viking England, which examines a range of medieval narratives relating to Viking invasion and settlement in England.


Havelok and the Danes in England: History, Legend, and Romance’, Review of English Studies 67 (2016), 428-447.

‘So very memorable a matter: Anglo-Danish History and the Encomium Emmae Reginae’, in Ian Giles et al., eds., Beyond Borealism: New Perspectives on the North (London: Norvik Press, 2016), 41-53.

A Short History of the Danish Conquest (Rounded Globe Publications, 2016).

‘The Holy Grail’, English Review 27:1 (2016), 6-9.

‘Siward the Dragon-Slayer: Mythmaking in Anglo-Scandinavian England’, Neophilologus 98 (2014), 481-93.

‘Pilgrim and Patron: Cnut in Post-Conquest Historical Writing’, The Medieval Chronicle 9 (2014), 271-95.


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I blog about medieval literature at http://aclerkofoxford.blogspot.co.uk/ and tweet as @ClerkofOxford. In 2015 my blog won the Longman-History Today award for Digital History, and I am now a columnist for History Today; I have also written for the BBC History magazine and History Extra, and have published translations of Old and Middle English poetry.

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