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Paul Cavill

Assistant Professor in Early English (Old English), Faculty of Arts

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Expertise Summary

Old English language and literature, English place-names, the history of the English language, the Bible and early English Christianity.

I am currently

  • Editor of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society (see http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ins/index.aspx)
  • Member of the Council of the English Place-Name Society
  • Member of: the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland, Nottingham Institute for Medieval Research, The Henry Bradshaw Society, The Early English Text Society

Outreach and Public Engagement

I give talks to local and national historical societies and school groups on Anglo-Saxon and place-name topics. I am a frequent contributor to local and national radio programmes such as Radio 4's Making History. I answer place-name queries from the press and the public.

Research Summary

My research focus is on Old English poetry, especially the wisdom and heroic poems; and place-names.

Specifically, my major projects currently include:

  • a book on the battle of Brunanburh of 937, to supplement a major recent volume (with contributions from me), The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2011)
  • articles for The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of The Viking World and The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature
  • I am Editor of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society (see http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ins/index.aspx)
  • work on the place-names of Shropshire, funded by the AHRC

I also write on a wide range of topics, most recently manuscripts, Christian forms and expression in Old English, on the Bible and its history in English, place-names, the history of the English language, aspects of hagiography, interactions of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and the Venerable Bede.

Selected Publications

  • CAVILL, P., 2011. The place-name debate. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The battle of Brunanburh: a casebook University of Exeter Press. 327-349
  • CAVILL, P., 2008. The site of the battle of Brunanburh: manuscripts and maps, grammar and geography. In: PADEL, O.J. and PARSONS, D.N., eds., A commodity of good names: essays in honour of Margaret Gelling Shaun Tyas. 303–319

I supervise students in Old English language and literature (and related areas such as manuscripts) and place-names.

Current PhD students are working on

  • the individual and community in Old English poetry
  • Germanic place-names in the Pas de Calais
  • storytelling in Beowulf
  • interactions of thought and action in Old English poetry
  • traditions of Hrólfs saga Kraka
  • place-names of Nottinghamshire
  • Runica manuscripta

Past Research

My research has focused on a range of texts and embraces diverse disciplines:

  • I have many years' experience in place-name scholarship, and have edited the English Place-Name County Survey volumes over the past two decades
  • I have published several articles on the battle of Brunanburh, and before that, the early traditions relating to Saint Edmund of East Anglia
  • I am interested in and have written books on the history of early English Christianity (Anglo-Saxon Christianity, The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England), and the influence of Christianity on literature (The Christian Tradition in English Literature).
  • I have also published extensively on Maxims, Cædmon's Hymn, The Battle of Maldon and other works

I have extensive research experience in the general linguistic, cultural, historical and literary background of Anglo-Saxon England, and enjoy interdisciplinary approaches to the study of both texts and language.

Future Research

I have several projects that I hope may come to publication in the next five years:

  • a place-name index for a collaborative work on The White Book of Southwell, a major Nottinghamshire cartulary
  • the place-names of County Durham
  • a revision of John Field's Field-Name Dictionary

I am working on a new edition of the Old English Maxims poems and their background.

  • CAVILL, PAUL, 2016. Language-based approaches to names in literature. In: HOUGH, CAROLE, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming Oxford University Press. 355-367
  • CAVILL, PAUL, 2016. Maxims in Aldred’s marginalia to the Lindisfarne Gospels. In: FERNANDEZ CUESTA, JULIA and PONS-SANZ, SARA, eds., The Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels: Language, Author and Context 51. De Gruyter. 79-101
  • CAVILL, PAUL, 2015. The naming of Guthlac Nottingham Medieval Studies. 59, 25-47
  • CAVILL, PAUL, 2015. The Battle of Brunanburh in 937: Battlefield Despatches. In: HARDING, STEPHEN E., GRIFFITHS, DAVID and ROYLES, ELIZABETH, eds., In Search of Vikings: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Scandinavian Heritage of North-West England CRC Press, Taylor & Francis. 95-108
  • CAVILL, P., 2013. Historical perspectives on the development of English. In: TOMETRO HOPKINS AND JOHN MCKENNY, ed., World Englishes: Volume I: The British Isles 1. 1. Bloomsbury. 7-27
  • CAVILL, P., 2013. Anglo-Saxon saints' lives - and deaths. In: KOJECKY, R. and TATE, A., eds., Visions and revisions: the word and the text Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 79-93
  • CAVILL, P., 2012. Maxims in the making of a homily: formulaic composition in Archbishop Wulfstan's notes. In: LOUVIOT, E., ed., La formule au Moyen Âge Brepols. 105-113
  • CAVILL, P., 2012. Review of DeGregorio, S., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Bede English Studies. 93, 987-988
  • CAMERON. J. and CAVILL, P., 2012. Kelham, Nottinghamshire Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 44, 66-72
  • CAVILL, P., 2012. The Seafarer Literary Encyclopedia. Available at: <http://www.LitEncyc.com>
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Annales de Waverleia. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 88, 215–16
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Appendix: A note on the Dee-rowing of Edgar.. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 364
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Henry of Huntingdon, Historia Anglorum. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 60–64, 195–200
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Exploring spirituality in schools outreach. In: eds.. In: BAKER, G and FISHER A., eds., Arts and Humanities Academics in Schools: Mapping the Pedagogical Interface Continuum. 151–64
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Annales Cambriae. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 48, 182–83
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Scottish Chronicle. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 132, 230
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Bartholomew of Cotton, Historia Anglicana. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 82, 213
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Annals of Ulster. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 144, 236
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Rex pius Athelstan. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook 1st ed.. Exeter University Press. 38, 172–73
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. John of Worcester, Chronicon. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 56, 190–91
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. John of Oxnead, Chronicon. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 84, 214
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Symeon of Durham, Historia Regum. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 64–66, 202
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Eadmer of Canterbury, Vita Odonis. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 50–52, 186–88
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Eulogium Historiarum. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 132–34, 230–31
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Chronicon Ramesiensis. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 66, 203
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Symeon of Durham, Libellus de Exordio. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 54, 188–89
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Carta dirige gressus. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook 1st ed. Exeter University Press. 36, 170-72
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. The place-name debate. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The battle of Brunanburh: a casebook University of Exeter Press. 327-349
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. William of Malmesbury, Gesta Regum Anglorum. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 56–60, 191–95
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Aethelweard, Chronicon. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 48, 183
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Introduction. In: Popular Phrases from the Bible Bible Society. 3–8
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Wulfstan of Winchester, Vita S. Ethelwoldi. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 50, 184
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Some sidelights on Byzantine influence in Anglo-Saxon England The Iconographer’s Review. 7–15
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Pseudo-Ingulf, Ingulfi Croylandensis Historia. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 134–38, 233–34
  • CAVILL, P., 2011. Eadmer of Canterbury, Vita Oswaldi. In: LIVINGSTON, M., ed., The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook Exeter University Press. 54, 189–90
  • CAVILL, P., 2010. Heroic saint and saintly hero: the Passio Sancti Eadmundi and The Battle of Maldon. In: WAUGH, R and WELDON, J., eds., The Hero Recovered: Essays on Medieval Heroism in Honor of George Clark Medieval Institute Publications. 110–24
  • CAMERON, J and CAVILL, P., 2009. Lowdham, Thurgarton Wapentake, Nottinghamshire Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 41, 49-56
  • CAVILL, P., 2009. Review of Roberts, B.K., Landscapes, Documents and Maps: villages in northern England and beyond, AD 900–1250 Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 41, 149–150
  • CAVILL, P., 2009. The Wanderer Literary Encyclopedia. Available at: <http://www.LitEncyc.com>
  • CAVILL, P., 2008. Eorodcistum in The Battle of Brunanburh Leeds Studies in English. 39, 1-15
  • CAVILL, P., 2008. The site of the battle of Brunanburh: manuscripts and maps, grammar and geography. In: PADEL, O.J. and PARSONS, D.N., eds., A commodity of good names: essays in honour of Margaret Gelling Shaun Tyas. 303–319
  • CAVILL, P., 2008. Review of Wright, C.D. et al., eds. Source of Wisdom: Old English and Early Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Thomas D. Hill TOEBI Newsletter. 27, v–vi
  • CAVILL, P., 2008. Review of Higham, N.J., ed. Britons in Anglo-Saxon England Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 40, 144–149
  • CAVILL, P., WARD, H. and OTHERS., 2007. The Christian Tradition in English Literature: Poetry, Plays and Shorter Prose Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • CAVILL, P., 2007. ‘Place-names and historical geography: some issues arising from Scandinavian settlement in England’. In: , ed., South Development and Sino-Foreign Communication: International Symposium of Chinese Historical Geography 2006 557–568
  • CAVILL, P. and WATTS, V., eds., 2007. The Place-Names of County Durham, Part 1: Stockton Ward Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.
  • CAVILL, P. and BRODERICK, G., eds., 2007. Language Contact in the Place-Names of Britain and Ireland Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.
  • CAVILL, P., 2007. ‘Coming back to Dingesmere’. In: CAVILL, P and BRODERICK, G., eds., Language Contact in the Place-Names of Britain and Ireland Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. 27-41
  • 2007. Pilgrims & Pilgrimage: Journey, Spirituality & Daily Life through the Centuries CD-ROM, ISBN 9780955067310 University of York and St John’s College Nottingham. Dyas, D.. University of York and St John’s College Nottingham. 01/01/1900 00:00:00
  • CAVILL, P., 2007. Review of Karkov, C.E., Keefer S.L., Jolly, K.L., eds. The Place of the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England TOEBI Newsletter. 25, 14–15
  • CAMERON, J. and CAVILL, P., 2007. ‘Carlton on Trent’ Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 39, 145-9
  • CAVILL, P., 2006. Review of Orchard, A., A Critical Companion to Beowulf TOEBI Newsletter. 22, 9–10
  • CAVILL, P., 2006. Review of Muir, B.J. ed., The Exeter DVD: The Exeter Anthology of Old English Poetry The Medieval Review [online].
  • CAVILL, P., 2005. The Armour-Bearer in Abbo's Passio sancti Eadmundi and Anglo-Saxon England Leeds Studies in English. VOL 36, 47-62
  • CAVILL, P., 2005. Fun and Games: Viking Atrocity in the Passio sancti Eadmundi Notes and Queries. VOL 52(NUMBER 3), 284-286
  • AYTO, J., CAVILL, P. and CROFTON, I., 2005. Brewer's Britain & Ireland London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  • CAVILL, P., HARDING, S.E. and JESCH, J., 2004. Revisiting Dingesmere Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 36, 25-38
  • CAVILL, P., 2004. Christianity and Theology in Beowulf. In: CAVILL, P., ed., The Christian tradition in Anglo-Saxon England : approaches to current scholarship and teaching Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer. 15-39
  • CAVILL, P., 2004. Review of Baker, P.S., Introduction to Old English TOEBI Newsletter. 18, 9–10
  • CAVILL, P., ed., 2004. The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England: Approaches to Current Scholarship and Teaching Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer.
  • CAVILL, P., 2004. Introduction. In: CAVILL, P., ed., The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer. xiii-xviii
  • CAVILL, P., 2004. Index. In: CAVILL, P., ed., The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer. 205-7
  • CAVILL, P., 2004. Review of Aitken, A.J., ed. by Macafee, C., The Older Scots Vowels: A History of the Stressed Vowels of Older Scots from the Beginnings to the Eighteenth Century Nottingham Medieval Studies. 48, 260–261
  • CAVILL, P., 2003. Genre and analogy in the legend of St Edmund Nottingham Medieval Studies. 25-47
  • CAVILL, P., 2003. Wisdom Literature (Old English) Literary Encyclopedia. Available at: <http://www.LitEncyc.com>
  • CAVILL, P., 2003. Proverbs (Old English) Literary Encyclopedia. Available at: <http://www.LitEncyc.com>
  • CAVILL, P., 2002. Bede and Caedmon's Hymn. In: HOUGH, C. and LOWE, K.A., eds., 'Lastworda Betst': Essays in Memory of Christine Fell with her Unpublished Writings Stamford : Shaun Tyas. 1-17
  • CAVILL, P., 2002. The Battle of Brunanburh Literary Encylopaedia, http://www.litencyc.com.
  • CAVILL, P., 2002. Cædmon Literary Encylopaedia. Available at: <http://www.litencyc.com.>
  • 2002. The Battle of Maldon Literary Encyclopedia. Available at: <http://www.litencyc.com>
  • CAVILL, P., 2002. Maxims (Old English) Literary Encyclopedia. Available at: <http://www.LitEncyc.com>
  • CAVILL, P., 2002. The Fight at Finnsburh Literary Encyclopedia. Available at: <http://www.LitEncyc.com>
  • CAVILL, P., 2002. Waldere Literary Encyclopedia. Available at: <http://www.LitEncyc.com>
  • CAVILL, P., 2001. The Manuscripts of Caedmon's `Hymn' Anglia. VOL 118(PART 4), 499-530
  • CAVILL, P., 2001. Vikings : fear and faith in Anglo-Saxon England Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan.
  • CAVILL, P., 2001. A Treasury of Anglo-Saxon England : faith and wisdom in the lives of men and women, saints and kings / Paul Cavill London : HarperCollins.
  • CAVILL, P and HARDING, S.E. AND JESCH, J., 2000. Wirral and its Viking Heritage Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.
  • CAVILL, P., 2000. A dangerous, wearisome and uncertain journey. In: CHADWICK, H., ed., Not Angels but Anglicans Norwich, UK, SCM-Canterbury Press Ltd. 9-24
  • CAVILL, P., 2000. From Rome to Augustine: Britain before 597. In: CHADWICK, H., ed., Not Angels but Anglicans Norwich, UK, SCM-Canterbury Press Ltd.
  • CAVILL, P., 2000. Wisdom and proverbs Oxford University. Available at: <http://users.ox.ac.uk/~stuart/dits/dragons.html>
  • CAVILL, P., 1999. Maxims in Old English Poetry Brewer, D.S., Woodbridge, UK.
  • CAVILL, P., 1999. Anglo-Saxon Christianity : exploring the earliest roots of Christian spirituality in England London : Fount, 1999.
  • CAVILL, P., 1999. Some dynamics of story-telling: animals in the early Lives of St Cuthbert Nottingham Medieval Studies. 43, 1-20
  • CAVILL, P., 1999. Review of Munro, R., Place Names of the Falkland Islands and Hodsdon, J., An Historical Gazetteer of Cheltenham Journal of the English Place-Name Society. 31, 130–131
  • CAVILL, P., 1999. Children and the Rock: The Ending of the Old English Metrical Psalm 136 English Studies. VOL 80(NUMBER 2), 89-105
  • CAVILL, P., 1998. Review of Keats-Rohan, K.S.B. and Thornton, D.E., eds. Domesday Names: An Index of Latin Personal and Place Names in Domesday Book Medium Ævum. 67, 368
  • CAVILL, P., 1998. Maxims in The Battle of Maldon Neophilologus. VOL 82(NUMBER 4), 631-644
  • CAVILL, P., 1998. Review of Rumble, A.R. and Mills, A.D. eds., Names, Places and People: An Onomastic Miscellany in Memory of John McNeal Dodgson Nottingham Medieval Studies. 42, 242–245
  • CAVILL, P., 1997. Review of Roberts, J. and Kay, C. with Grundy, L., A Thesaurus of Old English, and Clark. C., Words, Names and History Nottingham Medieval Studies. 41, 186–191
  • CAVILL, P., 1997. Review of Page, R.I., Runes and Runic Inscriptions: Collected Essays on Anglo-Saxon and Viking Runes Early Medieval Europe. 6, 110–111
  • CAVILL, P., 1996. Review of McKinnell, J., Both One and Many: Essays on Change and Variety in Late Norse Heathenism Early Medieval Europe. 5, 242–244
  • CAVILL, P., 1995. Biblical realignment of a maxim in the Old English Phoenix. In: The Bible and Early English Literature from the Beginnings to 1500 Manchester, Manchester University Press. 193-8
  • CAVILL, P., 1995. Interpretation of The Battle of Maldon, lines 84-90: a review and reassessment Studia Neophilologica. 67, 149-64
  • CAVILL, P., 1993. Beowulf and Andreas: two maxims Neophilologus. 77, 479-87
  • CAVILL, P., 1992. Engel dryhtnes in The Dream of the Rood 9b again. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen. 93, 287-92
  • CAVILL, P., 1986. Notes on maxims in Old English Notes and Queries. 231, 145-8
  • CAVILL, P., 1985. Sectional divisions in Old English poetic manuscripts Neophilologus. 69, 156-9
  • CAVILL, P., 1985. Two sententious generalisations in the Metrical Psalms of the Paris Psalter Neuphilologische Mitteilungen. 86, 453-57
  • CAVILL, P., 1983. A note on Beowulf, lines 2490-2509 Neophilologus. 67, 599-604

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