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Henry Bainton



Henry Bainton worked in the department from 2011 to 2018 as a Lecturer in High Medieval Literature, and developed courses on the High Middle Ages for undergraduates and postgraduates. He also taught Old French to students at the Centre for Medieval Studies.

After studying modern history at Oxford as an undergraduate, he came to York to study for his MA at the Centre for Medieval Studies, and returned there a couple of years later to write his PhD.

In 2016, he won a two-year Distinguished International Fellowship from the Carlsberg Foundation to undertake research in Denmark, where he now lives.  He now teaches English literature in the department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies at the University of Copenhagen.



Henry Bainton’s research focuses on medieval history-writing and the multilingual literary cultures that produced it. He works mainly on Old French and Latin texts, and his interests cluster around questions about literary reception, orality and literacy, cultural memory, and multilingualism, and the relationship between history-writing and the emotions. His first monograph, History and the Written Word in the Age of the Angevins, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2020. View Henry's full list of publications.

He has recently started a new project about the emotions of history-writing in the High Middle Ages, which will engage both the history of emotions and literary history to explore how history-writers negotiated traumatic events in their histories.

External activities


He is an associate member of the Centre for Medieval Literature.

He sits on the editorial board, and is secretary of, York Medieval Press.

He co-edits a book series, Writing History in the High Middle Ages, with Lars Boje Mortensen (University of Southern Denmark).

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Dr Henry Bainton
English and Related Literature
University of York
YO10 5DD