Dr Francis Leneghan

My research focuses on intersections between politics, religion and literature in Anglo-Saxon England. I am especially interested in Beowulf and writings associated with King Alfred. 

I am a founder and co-organiser of The Oxford Psalms Network, an interdisciplinary research group hosted by TORCH and devoted to the study of all aspects of the Psalms. I have recently co-edited two volumes of essays on medieval English psalms: with Tamara Atkin, The Psalms and Medieval English Literature: From the Conversion to the Reformation (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2017); and with Helen Appleton, The Psalms in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England, special edition of English Studies, 98.1 (2017). 

I am also a committe member of Oxford Medieval Studies, a TORCH research programme devoted to the promotion of interdisciplinary medieval studies. 


I lecture on Old English in the English Faculty for Prelims Paper 2 (Early Medieval Literature, c. 650-1350), and Course II FHS Paper 2 (Literature in English 600-1100), and I teach Prelims Paper 2 for St Peter's College.

I also supervise dissertations in all areas of Old English for Course I and Course II students.


I offer courses on 'Old English for Beginners', 'Old English for Improvers' and a C-Option on 'The Age of Alfred' for the MSt in English 650-1550

I supervise Masters and Doctoral dissertations on a wide range of topics connected with Anglo-Saxon England and its literature. Recent and ongoing DPhil dissertations include work on Anglo-Saxon medicine, Mercian vernacular literature, Anglo-Latin and Old English saints' lives and Alfredian prose. I welcome applications from students interested in any area of Old English.


Click these links to listen to my podcasts on 'Beowulf' (for Oxford University's Great Writers Inspire Project) and 'Why should we study Old English?' (for the 'Challenging the Canon' Project).

The Oxford Psalms Network

Oxford Medieval Studies

St Cross College website



  • The Psalms in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England

  • Making the Psalter Sing: the Old English 'Metrical Psalms', Rhythm and 'Ruminatio'

  • The Psalms and Medieval English Literature

  • Introduction: a Case Study of Psalm 50.1-3 in Old and Middle English

  • Introduction: the Psalms in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England

  • More
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