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Peter Darby

Lecturer in History, Faculty of Arts



I joined the Department of History at the University of Nottingham in September 2013 having previously held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Leicester (2010-2013).


My work on the eschatological thought of the Northumbrian monk and scholar Bede (c.673-735) has generated a monograph Bede and the end of time (Ashgate, 2013) and a volume of essays (co-edited with Faith Wallis) on the theme Bede and the future (Ashgate, 2014). I am currently completing a book on letter writing in early medieval Northumbria and editing a collection of essays called Bede the Scholar for Manchester University Press.

I am also very interested in the manuscripts produced at Bede's monastery in his lifetime, especially the Codex Amiatinus, an illuminated single-volume Bible which was completed before the year 716. This important manuscript is the earliest complete extant witness to Jerome's Vulgate translation of the Scriptures into Latin. A series of recent studies have examined some of the images preserved in the Codex Amiatinus in light of key works of exegesis by the Church Fathers (see 'publications' tab for full details).

I have organised conference sessions on the Age of Bede at the annual International Medieval Congress in Leeds since 2011. With colleagues at Nottingham, I have co-founded a Medieval Heresy and Dissent Research Network, and I am also a member of the editorial board of the Brepols book series Medieval Church Studies.


I undertake a variety of teaching responsibilities for the department. I convene a module which explores the history of Apocalyptic thought from the biblical era to the present day, and I also run courses which examine early-medieval Britain during the period of its conversion to Christianity.

At postgraduate level I contribute to team taught modules for the MA Programme in History. I would welcome enquiries about doctoral research supervision.

Selected Publications

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