Dr Emily Kesling


I am a medievalist working on early medieval England. My main interests relate to medieval intellectual and literary culture, with a focus on communities of learning and the ways that medieval people constructed their identities and understood the world.

I completed my DPhil at Oxford in 2017. After that, I was employed at the University of Oslo as a postdoctoral research fellow. I currently teach medieval English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. My doctoral dissertation focused the earliest English medical collections. A revised version of this work was published in 2020 with the title Medical Texts in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture. This book was awarded the biennial prize for Best First Monograph by the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England (ISSEME). My recent research focuses on the Insular scribal communities responsible for copying the earliest extant private devotional collections.


I have been actively engaged in teaching on medieval topics since 2014. I am currently a lecturer in English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.  I teach Old English and Middle English to first and second year undergraduates, as well as one half of the Introduction to English Language and Literature introductory course.

Between 2018 and 2021, I taught at the University of Oslo, where I taught on English Literature, Philology, and medieval History.  I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Medical Texts in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture. D.S. Brewer: Cambridge, 2020.



‘The Winchester Scribes and Alfredian Prose in the Tenth Century', in The Age of Alfred: Translation, Adaptation, Innovation (Brepols, Turnhout) [forthcoming]


‘Christ's Letter to Abgar in England and Ireland', in Essays on the Medieval North and its Afterlife in Honour of Heather O’Donoghue, edited by Carl Phelpstead and Sian Gronlie (Medieval Institute Publications) [forthcoming]


‘The Artistry of Bald’s Colophon’, Anglo-Saxon England 48 (2022)


‘A Blood-Staunching Charm of Royal 2.A.xx and its Greek Text’, Peritia: Journal of Medieval Academy of Ireland 32 (2021), 149-62


‘The Royal Prayerbook and Early Insular Scribal Communities’, Early Medieval Europe 29.2 (2021), 181-200


‘Translation Style in the Old English Herbarium’, Notes and Queries 63.1 (2016), 9-14



Hannah Bower, Middle English Medical Recipes and Literary Play, 1375-1500. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2022. Modern Philology


Diana Luft, Medieval Welsh Medical Texts. Volume One: The Recipes. University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2020. Speculum