Academic Staff:
Professor Simon Keynes

Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon
Fellow of the British Academy
Fellow of Trinity College

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Simon Keynes


Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ (01223-338421)
Department of ASNC
Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Office: S-R41, (+44-1223-335085), email:

Departmental/College Responsibilities

  • Teaching in Anglo-Saxon history (Part I, Paper 1; Part II, Paper 1)
  • Supervision of graduate students in Anglo-Saxon history

Academic Interests (teaching and research)

Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman history and culture; perceptions of the Anglo-Saxon past from the twelfth to the nineteenth century; the development of Anglo-Saxon studies from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century (especially Sir Robert Cotton and other antiquaries, Humfrey Wanley, and John Mitchell Kemble); Scandinavian history in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

  • Executive Editor, Anglo-Saxon England (Cambridge University Press)
  • Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE), funded by the AHRC
  • Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Charters (British Academy/Royal Historical Society), the associated 'Kemble' website, and the 'Electronic Sawyer' (funded by the AHRC)
  • Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles (British Academy)

Selected Publications

  • ‘J. M. Kemble and his Codex Diplomaticus Ævi Saxonici’, in J. M. Kemble, Codex Diplomaticus Ævi Saxonici, 6 vols. (London, 1839–48), reprinted in paperback, Cambridge Library Collection, 6 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), vol. I, Foreword, pp. v–xxv 
  • ‘Manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle’, The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, I: c. 400–1100, ed. Richard Gameson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 537–52
  • ‘King Æthelred’s Charter for Eynsham Abbey (1005)’, Early Medieval Studies in Memory of Patrick Wormald, ed. Stephen Baxter, Catherine Karkov, Janet L. Nelson and David Pelteret (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 451–73
  • ‘Edgar, rex admirabilis’, Edgar, King of the English 959–75: New Interpretations, ed. Donald Scragg, Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies 8 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2008), pp. 3–59
  • 'An abbot, an archbishop, and the viking raids of 1006–7 and 1009–12', Anglo-Saxon England 36 (2007), 151-220
  • Anglo-Saxon England: a Bibliographical Handbook for Students of Anglo-Saxon History, 7th ed., ASNC Guides, Texts, and Studies 1 (Cambridge, 2006)
  • 'Ely Abbey 672–1109', A History of Ely Catherdral (2003), 3–58
  • An Atlas of Attestations in Anglo-Saxon Charters, c. 670-1066, I: Tables, ASNC Guides, Texts, and Studies 5 (Cambridge, 2002)
  • 'The Cult of King Alfred the Great', Anglo-Saxon England 28 (1999), 225-356
  • The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo-Saxon England, ed. Michael Lapidge, John Blair, Simon Keynes and Don Scragg (Oxford, 1999); new edition in preparation
  • The 'Liber Vitae' of the New Minster and Hyde Abbey, Winchester, Early English Manuscripts in Facsimile 26 (Copenhagen, 1996)
  • Alfred the Great: Asser's 'Life of King Alfred' and Other Contemporary Sources (Penguin Classics, 1983)
  • The Diplomas of King Æthelred 'the Unready' 978-1016 (Cambridge, 1980)