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Dr. Rebecca Hardie

Managing Editor, Living Handbook of Temporal Communities (LHTC)

Participating Researcher

Member, Research Area 5: Building Digital Communities

Freie Universität Berlin
EXC 2020 Temporal Communities
Otto-von-Simson-Straße 15
Room 01.07
14195 Berlin

Rebecca Hardie is a medievalist, focussing on early English literature. Her interest lies in the dynamic relationship between early medieval literary journeys (including pilgrimages, voyages and procession) and textual translation, most especially within frameworks of religious devotion. Hardie also looks at women’s networks and kinships across the middle ages, especially the relationship between sisters, both biological and spiritual.

Hardie received her PhD in 2017 from King’s College London (KCL) with the support of a full scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). Her dissertation, “Translation and Pedagogy in the Vercelli Book,” examined the prose and poetic works of a late tenth-century manuscript from southeast England, “The Vercelli Book,” in relation to their Latin and Old English source materials and textual variants. This study demonstrated how early medieval poetic and prose composition arose out of specific paradigms of translation practice and spiritual pedagogy, which were fostered within early medieval centres of learning. Hardie received her MSt in English (650–1550) from the University of Oxford (2012) and her BA in English Literature and Language from KCL (2010).

Between 2018 and 2020, Hardie worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Bonn in the SFB 1167: Macht und Herrschaft – Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive, developing her research on medieval sisters as part of the project “Feminine Charisma: Figurations of Macht und Herrschaft in England and France, 700–1500.”

Hardie has held teaching posts at KCL and the University of Göttingen. She has also worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science as Faith Centre Coordinator, where she helped to develop student programmes on Faith and Leadership in the global sphere, with emphasis on interfaith dialogue and conflict resolution. Hardie was editor of the LSE Faith Centre Blog (2015–2016).


"The Devil and the Details in an Old English Homily on St Guthlac." Religion and Literature. Forthcoming. Post review.

"Women in Vercelli VII." In Anglo-Saxon Women: A Florilegium. Edited by Emily Butler, Irina Dumitrescu and Hilary E. Fox. Forthcoming.

Æthelflæd Lady of the Mercians and Women in the Tenth Century. Edited by Rebecca Hardie. Michigan: De Gruyter, 2023.

"Æthelflæd Then and Now." In: Æthelflæd Lady of the Mercians and Women in the Tenth Century, 1–29. Michigan: De Gruyter, 2023.

Relations of Power: Women’s Networks in the Middle Ages. Edited by Emma O’Loughlin Bérat, Rebecca Hardie and Irina Dumitrescu.Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht/Bonn University Press, 2021.

With Emma O’Loughlin Bérat. "Introduction." In: Relations of Power: Women’s Networks in the Middle Ages, 9–18. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht/Bonn University Press, 2021.

"Words, Wealth and Women in Two Anonymous Old English Homilies." In: Textualität von Macht und Herrschaft: Literarische Verfahren im Horizont transkultureller Forschungen, edited by Mechthild Albert, Ulrike Becker, Elke Brüggen and Katharina Kellermann, 175–200. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht/Bonn University Press, 2020.

"The Poems of the Vercelli Book." In: The Year’s Work in English Studies, vol. 98. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. Review Article in Academic Journal.

"Male and Female Devotion in Three Texts of the Vercelli Book: Vercelli VII, XVII and Elene," English Studies 100(2019): 1–18. Article in Academic Journal.

"New Ways to Know the Medieval: Creativity, Pedagogy & Public Engagement," Old English Newsletter, 46 (2016), co-written with Fran Allfrey et al. Article in Academic Journal.


"Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians." November 14, 2023 in New Books Network Podcast.

"Æthelflæd: ‘Mother of the English’." April 19, 2023 in BBC History Extra Podcast.

Review Pieces

Aaron J. Kleist, The Chronology and Canon of Ælfric of Eynsham. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2019. In The Review of English Studies, Jan 2021.

Amity Reading, Reading the Self through the Vercelli Book. New York: Peter Lang, 2018 In English Studies 102 (2021): 267–270.

Brandon W. Hawk, Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2018. In Anglia, 137 (2019): 485–488.

Craig Williamson, The Complete Old English Poems. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. In Anglia, 136 (2018): 200–204.

Jacques Le Goff, Money and the Middle Ages: an Essay in Historical Anthropology. Cambridge, Polity Press, 2012. In Make Literary Magazine (2014).