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Emily Kesling

Postdoctoral Fellow, medieval literature
  • E-mailemily.kesling@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplassen 7
    HF-bygget
    5007 Bergen
    Room 
    342c
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

I am a specialist in early medieval English literature. My interests are broad, and I have published on a variety of topics including medieval medicine, palaeography and scribal culture, women’s writing, and monasticism. My current research focuses on the earliest private devotional books: the early Insular prayerbooks. I aim to address the importance of private prayer in early medieval England and its influence on Old English literary tradition.

I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford with a focus on the large body of vernacular medical material extant in Old English.  A revised version of this work was published as a monograph 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).

  • Show author(s) (2023). Review of Leja, Meg. Embodying the Soul: Medicine and Religion in Carolingian Europe. The Middle Ages. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022. Pp. 392. $89.95 (hardback). ISBN: 978-0-8122-5389-4 (hardback). The Medieval Review.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Christ's Letter to Abgar in England and Ireland. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The artistry of Bald's colophon: Latin verse in an Old English medical codex. Anglo-Saxon England. 93-104.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Middle English Medical Recipes and Literary Play, 1375–1500. Hannah Bower. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022. Pp. 272. Modern philology.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The Royal Prayerbook’s blood-staunching charms and early Insular scribal communities. Early Medieval Europe. 181-200.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Diana Luft, Medieval Welsh Medical Texts. Vol. 1, The Recipes. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2020. Paper. Pp. xii, 611; 5 black-and-white figures and 18 tables. £45. ISBN: 978-1-7868-3548-2. Speculum.
  • Show author(s) (2021). A Blood-Staunching Charm of Royal 2.A.xx and its Greek Text. Peritia: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland. 149-162.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Medical Texts in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture.

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