About me

I am currently the Digitisation Project Officer for the Polonsky Foundation England and France Digitisation Project (700-1200) at the British Library. I also hold a research associateship at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York.

A monograph based on my doctoral thesis, titled Before the Books of Hours: Late Anglo-Saxon Prayer in Practice is forthcoming from Medieval Institute Publications, University of Western Michigan Press.



Published articles:

‘The Vespasian Psalter.Entry in Robert Rouse and Sian Echard, eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature (2017)

‘Which Psalms were Important to the Anglo-Saxons? The Psalms in Eleventh-Century Private Prayer and Medical Remedies.’ English Studies, 98:1 (2017): 35-48

De Laude Psalmorum and Ælfwine’s Prayerbook: A Quotation from a Carolingian Psalm Devotional in a Late Anglo-Saxon Programme for Morning Prayer.’ Notes and Queries, 59:4 (2012): 479-83


Doctoral thesis:

The Meaning, Practice and Context of Private Prayer in Late Anglo-Saxon England. University of York, 2011. Supervised by Dr Christine Williamson, Department of English and Related Literature



Sacred Communities, Shared Devotions: Gender, Material Culture, and Monasticism in Late Medieval Germany by June L. Mecham. Women’s History Review, 24:4 (2015): 645-7

Between Earth and Heaven: Liminality and the Ascension of Christ in Anglo-Saxon Literature by Johanna Kramer. Review of English Studies, 66:275 (2015): 565-6


Posts for other blogs, interviews, and more …

Wynflæd and the Price of Fashion (with Alison Hudson).  British Library, Medieval Manuscripts blog, September 2018

Naming a Royal Baby (with Alison Hudson). British Library, Medieval Manuscripts blog, April 2018

Anglo-Saxon Riddles. Translations for the York Festival of Ideas, June 2017

Making Mischief: an Interview with a Mankind Cast Member. Interview for HIDden Theatre, March 2016

CMS Research Associates: Dr Kate Thomas. Centre of Medieval Studies, University of York, Medieval Studies at York, September 2015


Social media:

Academia.edu: bl.academia.edu/KateThomas

Twitter: @For_the_Wynn

Facebook: facebook.com/forthewynnblog

Instagram: @kateforthewynn


Curriculum vitae:

University of York, 2012: PhD English and Related Literatures

University of York, 2007: MA Medieval English Literatures

University of Durham, 2003: BA (Hons.) English Literature


One Comment Add yours

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    Intriguing! New follow here. I’m certainly not a scholar as you, but have enjoyed reading biographies on Jerome, Chrysostom, St Francis and John Wesley. Also enjoyed Eusebius’ work (Ecc. History–very modern version…with photos!) and Auggie’s “Confessions” (except the last two chapters, which were so far beyond me, no matter–good for the brain I suppose.) And in your “About this blog”, you mentioned something about the importance of vomit–as a nurse, I do understand that….

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