Dr Francis Leneghan

Dr Francis Leneghan

I teach Medieval English Language and Literature at St Peter’s. I am also an Associate Professor of Old English in the English Faculty and a Fellow of St Cross College. Before coming to Oxford in 2008, I taught Medieval English at both Trinity College Dublin, where I had also studied for my BA and PhD, and University College Dublin. I also lecture on Old English in the English Faculty. 

My research focuses on intersections between politics, religion and literature in Anglo-Saxon England. I am especially interested in all aspects of the Old English heroic poem "Beowulf", the translation and adaptation of scripture in early England, and writings associated with King Alfred. I am also co-organiser of The Oxford Psalms Network, a TORCH Network.

Select publications (see my faculty page for more details):

The Psalms and Medieval English Literature: From the Conversion to the Reformation, ed. Tamara Atkin and Francis Leneghan (Cambridge, 2017). 

‘Preparing the Mind for Prayer: The Wanderer, Hesychasm and Theosis’, Neophilologus 100.1 (2016), 121-42.

Translatio Imperii: the Old English Orosius and the Rise of Wessex’, Anglia 133.4 (2015), 656-705.