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Peter Darby

Lecturer in Medieval 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). For the academic year 2018-2019 I am the department's lead examinations officer.


My work on the eschatological thought of the Anglo-Saxon 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 continue to work on Bede's Latin writings, and a current project examines his much understudied collection of letters.

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, including a module on Heresy and Religious Dissent in the Middle Ages. I would welcome enquiries about doctoral research supervision.

Selected Publications

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