Publications

 

Books

 

Monographs

  • Saints in the Landscape (Stroud, Tempus, 2007) [90,000 words].
  • The Toiling Word: Nurturing a healthy press for India's rural millions (London, International Press Institute, 1979).

Edited volumes

  • Saints of Europe: Studies towards a survey of cults and culture (Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2003), grant-aided by The Aurelius Charitable Trust (£1,250).
  • with John Langton, Forests and Chases of England and Wales, c. 1500 – c. 1850: Towards a survey and analysis (St John’s College, Oxford, 2005, rev. edn. 2008, distributed by Oxbow Books).
  • with John Langton, Forests and Chases of Medieval England and Wales, c. 1000 – c. 1500 (St John’s College, Oxford, 2010, distributed by Oxbow Books).
  • with John Langton, An Atlas and Gazetteer of Forests and Chases in England and Wales (Chichester, Phillimore, forthcoming).
  • with Mirjana Detelic (Institute for Balkan Studies, Belgrade), Saints of the Balkans, grant-aided by the Scouloudi Foundation (£500), published on-line ahead of print publication at http://www.mirjanadetelic.com/docs/CULT%20OF%20SAINTS%20IN%20THE%20BALKANS.pdf.

Monographs in preparation

  • Saints of Wales: An inventory of religious dedications (Andover, Mass., and Aberystwyth, Celtic Studies Publications [University of Wales, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies]) (60,000 words).
  • Church, and Other Religious Dedications. A Tool for Historians (Cambridge, Wolfson College Occasional Papers).
  • Saints and the Catalans (Santa Coloma del Queralt, Obrador Edèndum, forthcoming).
  • The Deer of Deerhurst: Landscape, Lordship, Custom, and Ritual (forthcoming).

Articles

Contributions to edited volumes

  • 'What’s in a name? St Michael, patron saint of Winterbourne and cosmic guardian', in E. Bailey (ed.), Small is Cosmic: Millenial Issues in Parochial Context (Winterbourne, Glos., Winterbourne PCC, distributed by SPCK, London, 1998), pp. 1-10. [Ed. by Canon Dr Edward Bailey (d. 2015), Visiting Professor of Implicit Religion, University of Westminster, Rector of Winterbourne, and Hon. Assistant Chaplain, St John’s College, Oxford.]
  • ‘Ghostly mentor, teacher of mysteries: Bartholomew, Guthlac, and the Apostle’s cult in early medieval England’Ghostly mentor, teacher of mysteries, in G[eorge] Ferzoco and C[arolyn] Muessig (eds), Medieval Monastic Education (Leicester, Leicester University Press, 2000), pp. 136-52. [Dr Muessig is Professor of Medieval Religion, University of Bristol, and co-editor with George Ferzoco of the Routledge series 'Medieval Region and Culture'.]
  • ‘Introduction: Diverse expressions, shared meanings: Surveying saints across cultural boundaries’ in G. Jones (ed.) Saints of Europe (Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2003), pp. 1-28.
  • ‘Comparative research rewarded: religious dedications in England, Wales and Catalunya’ in G. Jones (ed.) Saints of Europe (Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2003), pp. 210-60.
  • ‘Aspects of Helen: Byzantine and other influences on the reading of Constantine’s mother in the West’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Second Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2003. The Collection of Scientific Works II (Niš, University of Niš, 2004), pp. 13-27.
  • ‘The market place: form, function and antecedents’, in D[avid] Postles (ed.), The Market Place and the Place of the Market, Friends of the Centre for English Local History Paper 5 (Leicester, Friends of the Centre for English Local History, 2004), pp. 1-27.
  • ‘Constantinople, 1204, renewal of interest in Imperial and other Byzantine cults in the West, and the deep roots of new traditions’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Third Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2004. The Collection of Scientific Works III (Niš, University of Niš, 2005), pp. 28-49.
  • ‘Forest maps and the gazetteer’, in Langton and Jones, Forests and Chases of England and Wales c. 1500 - c. 1800 (Oxford, St John’s College/Oxbow Books, 2005), pp. 10-16.
  • ‘Swanimotes, woodmotes, and courts of “free miners”’, in Langton and Jones, Forests and Chases of England and Wales c. 1500 - c. 1800 (Oxford, St John’s College/Oxbow Books, 2005), pp. 41-48.
  • ‘Endnote: Glenbervie, Emmerich, and “Empire Forestry”’, in Langton and Jones, Forests and Chases of England and Wales c. 1500 - c. 1800 (Oxford, St John’s College/Oxbow Books, 2005), p. 89.
  • ‘St Nicholas, icon of mercantile virtues: transition and continuity of a European myth’, in Richard Littlejohns and Sara Soncini (eds), Myths of Europe in Transition (Amsterdam, Rodope, 2006), pp. 73-88. [The editors are respectively Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages, University of Leicester, and Research Fellow in English Literature, University of Pisa].
  • ‘Imaging Sant Magí: Souvenirs of a Catalan pilgrimage’, in Sarah Blick (ed.), Beyond Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges: Essays in Honour of Brian Spencer (Oxford, Oxbow Books, 2007), pp. 108-30. [Sarah Blick is Associate Professor of Art History, Kenyon College, Ohio.]
  • ‘The local political space in England and its historiography’, in Renato Bordone, Paula Guglielmotti, Sandro Lombardini and Angelo Torre (eds), Lo spazio politico locale in età medievale, moderna e contemporanea. Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi (Alessandria, 26-27 novembre 2004) (Allesandria, Editioni dell’Orso, 2007), pp. 295-305. [Angelo Torre is Professor of Modern History, University of Eastern Piedmont, Turin and Alessandria.]
  • ‘The cult of Michael the Archangel in Britain. A survey, with some thoughts on the significance of Michael’s May feast and angelic roles in healing and baptism’, in Pierre Bouet, Giorgio Otranto, and André Vauchez (eds), Culto e santuari di san Michele nell’Europa medievale / Culte et sanctuaires de saint Michel dans l’Europe médiévale. Atti del Congresso Internazionale di studi (Bari – Monte Sant’Angelo, 5-8 aprile 2006), Bibliotheca Michaelica 1 (Bari, Edipuglia, 2007), pp. 147-82. [Giorgio Otranto and André Vauchez are respectively Professor of the History of Christianity, University of Bari, and Director-Emeritus of the French School in Rome.]
  • ‘Proclaimed at York: The impact of Constantine, saint and emperor, on collective British memories’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Sixth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2006. The Collection of Scientific Works V (Niš, University of Niš, 2007), pp. 513-28.
  • ‘Constantine’s legacy: Tracing Byzantium in the history and culture of the British Isles: The case of the Archangel Michael’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Sixth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2007. The Collection of Scientific Works VI (Niš, University of Niš, 2008), pp. 327-46.
  • ‘The power of Helen’s name: Heritage and legacy, myth and reality’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Seventh Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2008. The Collection of Scientific Works VII (Niš, University of Niš, 2009), pp. 351-70.
  • ‘Church dedications “west of Selwood”’, in Katherine Barker with Nicholas Brooks (eds), Aldhelm and Sherborne: Essays to celebrate the founding of the bishopric (Oxford, Oxbow, 2010), pp. 195-232.
  • ‘A common of hunting? Forests, lordship and community before and after the Conquest’, in John Langton and Graham Jones (eds), Forests and Chases of Medieval England and Wales, c. 1000 - c. 1500 (Oxford, St John’s College, 2010, distributed by Oxbow Books), pp. 36-67.
  • (with John Langton) ‘Deconstructing and reconstructing the forests: Some preliminary matters’, in John Langton and Graham Jones (eds), Forests and Chases of Medieval England and Wales, c. 1000 - c. 1500 (Oxford, St John’s College, 2010, distributed by Oxbow Books), pp. 1-13.
  • ‘Helena of the Cross, the Queen of Adiabene, and royal myth-making in the Holy City’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Eighth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2009. The Collection of Scientific Works VIII (Niš, University of Niš, 2010), pp. 447-70.
  • ‘Helen of Mesopotamia: The view from Edessa’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Ninth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2010. The Collection of Scientific Works IX (Niš, University of Niš, 2011), pp. 427-46.
  • ‘Constantine and his mother build a city: Helen of Edessa and Martyropolis’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Tenth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2011. The Collection of Scientific Works X (Niš, University of Niš, 2012), pp. 481-507.
  • ‘Earth, fire, and water: Constantine and Helena in the ritual heritage of Europe and its neighbourhood’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Eleventh Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2012. The Collection of Scientific Works XI (Niš, University of Niš, 2013), pp. 385-408.
  • ‘Holy Cross and Holy Fire: Place, name and metaphor in the narrative of holy Helena’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Twelfth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2013. The Collection of Scientific Works XII (Niš, University of Niš, 2014), pp. 517-36.
  • ‘Shepherd of his flock, guardian of the polis: the geography of regional identity as expressed in the dedications of churches’, in Stanislava Kuzmová, Ana Marinković, and Trpimir Vedriš (eds), Cuius patrocinio tota gaudet regio. Saints' Cults and the Dynamics of Regional Cohesion, Bibliotheca Hagiotheca, Series Colloquia III (Zagreb, Hagiotheca [University of Zagreb], 2014), pp. 253-70.
  • ‘Seas, saints, and power-play: The role of the supernatural in state-building and culture-forging in the world of Stefan Nemanja’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Thirteenth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2014. The Collection of Scientific Works XIII (Niš, University of Niš, 2015), pp. 87-104.
  • ‘The origins of Leicestershire: Churches, territories, and landscape’, in Katherine Elkins (ed.), Medieval Leicestershire: Recent research in the medieval archaeology of Leicestershire (Leicester, Leicestershire Fieldworkers, 2015), pp. 13-40.
  • ‘Seeds of sanctity: Constantine’s city and civic honouring of his mother Helena’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Fourteenth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2015. The Collection of Scientific Works XIV (Niš, University of Niš, 2016), pp. 617-36.
  • ‘Pre-Conquest regalian roots of episcopal forests and chases’, in David Rollason (ed.), Princes of the Church. Bishops and their Palaces [proceedings of conference, University of Durham, June 30-July 4, 2015] (Oxford, Society for Medieval Archaeology, 2017), pp. 219-50.
  • ‘Corse Lawn: A forest court roll of the early seventeenth century’, in H. Flachenecker, K. Kopiński, and J. Tandecki, Editionswissenschaftliches Kolloquium 2017: Quelleneditionen zur Geschichte des Deutschen Ordens und anderer geistlicher Institutionen (Toruń, Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń, 2017), pp. 249-67.
  • ‘Sunburst, starlight and moonglow: Helena’s iconography and narrative in the context of divine cosmology’, in Miša Rakocija (ed.), Niš and Byzantium. Fifteenth Symposium, Niš, 3-5 June 2016. The Collection of Scientific Works XV (Niš, University of Niš, 2017).
  • ‘Introduction’, in M. Detelic and G. Jones (eds), Saints of the Balkans (see above).

Contributions to edited volumes, forthcoming

  • ‘Guthlac in the Landscape’, in Jane Roberts and Alan Thacker (eds), St Guthlac 700-2000: Proceedings of the conference held at the University of London, 2014 (Donington, Shaun Tyas, forthcoming [proofs with authors]).
  • ‘Shaping the religious landscape: persistent patterns of devotional behaviour’, in Proceedings of the ‘Walking the Saints’ Conference, Ronse, Belgium, May 2018 [text with editors].
  • ‘Bartlemas: Its chapel, hospital, and landscape’, in David Griffiths and Jane Harrison (eds), East Oxford Community Archaeology Project final report (forthcoming).
  • ‘The patronage of Ss Mary, Edmund, and Nicholas at Littlemore Priory’, in David Griffiths and Jane Harrison (eds), East Oxford Community Archaeology Project final report (forthcoming).
  • ‘Lords, Churches and Region: Stamford’s churches and origins,’ in Phillip Lindley and Samantha Riches (eds), Stamford: Studies in History, Art and Architecture (Donington, Shaun Tyas).

Journal articles

  • ‘Holy wells and the Cult of St Helen’, Landscape History 8 (1986), pp. 59-76.
  • ‘Penda’s footprint? Place-names containing personal names associated with those of early Mercian kings’, Nomina 21 (1998), pp. 29-62.
  • ‘Dutch pilgrim sites: What interdisciplinary partnership can achieve’ (review of C. Caspers and P.-J. Margry, Bedevaartplaatsen in Nederland, 3 vols, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam), Trans-national Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults Newsletter 1, January 1999, p. 12.
  • ‘Trans-national studies about Saint Magí’, Quaderns Barri de Sant Magí 9 (1999), pp. 27-31.
  • ‘TASC (Trans-national Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults): The Georgian dimension’, Caucasica, The Journal of Caucasian Studies 7 (2003), pp. 96-105.
  • Patrozinien in Deutschland: Towards a pilot project’, Concilium medii aevi 3 (2003), pp. 215-21.
  • ‘New research on forests and chases, c. 1500 - c. 1850’, Society for Landscape Studies Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2005, pp. 6-9.
  • ‘Harold Fox’ [obituary, with bibliography], Landscape History 29 (2007), pp. 5-15.
  • ‘Forests and hunting grounds of the Bishops of Würzburg’, Mainfränkisches Jahrbuch für Geschichte und Kunst 67 (2015) (Würzburg, Freunde Mainfränkischer Kunst und Geschichte), pp. 97-132.
  • ‘Constructing the past: Llanover, ‘St Gofor’, and the Nine Wells’, The Monmouthshire Antiquary 33 (2017), pp. 57-77.

Journal articles, forthcoming and submitted

  • ‘Plays, glees, wakes: the topography of medieval sport and performance’, Landscape History [text submitted, referee’s comments received].
  • ‘Devotion to St James the Great in medieval Britain, and its European context: How many roads to Compostella?’, Landscape History [text submitted, referee’s comments received].
  • ‘”Penda’s Footprint” revisited: Mercian regal names in the landscape’, for submission to Landscape History.
  • ‘Bartholomew and Thunor: Intimations of rival religions, rival polities’, for submission to Saxon, Journal of the Sutton Hoo Society
  • ‘Home and away: Hallaton’s hare-pie scramble and bottle-kicking’, for submission to Midland History.
  • ‘A saint for Gloucestershire? St Arilda: liturgy, landscape and community, with a note on St Modmund’ (text in MS., for submission to Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society).

Research articles on-line

  • ‘Bartlemas: Chapels and landscape’, East Oxford Archaeology Project, 2012, <https://www.archeox.net/sites/www.archeox.net/files/reports/Bartlemas%20Chapels%20in%20the%20Landscape_1.pdf>
  • ‘The Patronage of St Nicholas at Littlemore Priory’, East Oxford Archaeology Project, 2013, <https://www.archeox.net/sites/www.archeox.net/files/reports/NicholasLittlemore.pdf>

Review articles

  • ‘D. M. Palliser (ed.), The Cambridge Urban History, Volume 1, 600-1540’, Urban History Newsletter 6, 1 (Autumn 2002), p. 15.
  • ‘Cartwright, Jane, ed., Celtic Hagiography and Saints’ Cults. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2003’, The Medieval Review 05.10.18 <https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/5966>, 2005.
  • ‘Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names’, Speculum, 81, no. 2 (April, 2006), pp. 626-27.
  • ‘Adrian Chadwick (ed.), Stories from the Landscape: Archaeologies of Inhabitation (Oxford, Archaeopress, 2004), Landscape History 27 (2005), pp. .
  • ‘Catherine Tuck and Alan Bull, Landscapes of Desire (Stroud, Sutton, 2003)’, Landscape History 27 (2005).
  • ‘Barry Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire…[etc.]’, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Transactions 80 (2006), pp. 182-88. [Long review article.]
  • ‘Amanda Richardson, The Forest, Park and Palace of Clarendon, c.1200-c.1650: Reconstructing an actual, conceptual and documented Wiltshire landscape (Oxford, Archaeopress, 2005)’, Landscape History 28 (2006), pp. 117-18.
  • ‘Elizabeth Rees, An Essential Guide to Celtic Sites and their Saints’, Archaeology in Wales [Council for British Archaeology: Wales/Cymru] 46 (2006).
  • The land of the Dobunni: A series of papers relating to the transformation of the pagan, pre-Roman tribal lands into Christian, Anglo-Saxon Gloucestershire & Somerset : from the symposia of 2001 and 2002 [edited by Martin Ecclestone ... [et al.]] (Committee for Archaeology in Gloucestershire of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 2003)’, Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 125 (2007), pp. 131-32.
  • ‘J. Story, J. Bourne and R. Buckley (eds), Leicester Abbey: Medieval History, Archaeology and Manuscript Studies’ (Leicester, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, 2007)’, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Transactions 81 (2007), pp. 161-65.
  • ‘Brian K. Roberts, Landscapes, Documents and Maps: Villages in Northern England and Beyond, AD 900-1250’, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Transactions 82 (2008), pp. 260-66.
  • ‘Barrie Cox, The Place-Names of Leicestershire, Part Four, Gartree Hundred’, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Transactions 83 (2009), pp. 233-35.
  • ‘Stephen J. Yeates, ‘A Dreaming for the Witches: A recreation of the Dobunni Primal Myth’, Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 128 (2010), pp. 250-52.
  • ‘Jonathan Good, The Cult of St. George in Medieval England. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2009’, Journal of British Studies 50:02 (2011), pp. 475-76.
  • ‘Hugh Price, Parks in Hertfordshire since 1500. Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire Press, 2008’, Journal of Historical Geography 37 (2011), pp. 244-62.
  • The Victoria History of the Counties of England . A History of the County of Cornwall, Volume II. Religious History to 1560. By Nicholas Orme; with a contribution from Oliver Padel (2010)’, Antiquaries Journal 91 (2011), pp. 373-74.
  • ‘Paul Cullen, Richard Jones and David N. Parsons, Thorps in a Changing Landscape, Explorations in Local and Regional History 4 (Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire Press, 2011)’, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Transactions 85 (2011), pp. 195-97.
  • The Searcher: The Journal of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, 2 (Spring 2011), Art and Architecture’, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Transactions 85 (2011), pp. 198.
  • Trees and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World. Edited by Michael D. J. Bintley and Michael G. Shapland, 2013’, Antiquaries Journal 94 (2014), pp. 377-78.
  • ‘The Place-Names of Leicestershire: part seven, West Goscote Hundred and the Leicestershire parishes of Repton and Gresley Hundred (The Survey of English Place-Names, vol 91). By Barrie Cox’, Antiquaries Journal 98 (2018), p.

Papers and lectures

 

1995

  • ‘Church dedications as a tool for historians,’ University of Leicester, Department of English Local History, postgraduate workshop.
  • ‘Rivers, watersheds and boundaries: A problem for local historians and a suggested strategy,’ University of Leicester, Department of English Local History, postgraduate workshop.

1996

  • ‘Feast days and fair days,’ University of Leicester, Department of English Local History, postgraduate workshop.
  • ‘Penda’s progeny: Church dedications and the early history of Midland England,’ University of Leicester, Dept. of English Local History, research seminar series.
  • ‘The church in the social landscape,’ University of Bristol, Centre for Medieval Studies, Annual Postgraduate Conference.
  • ‘Penda’s footprint? Place-names associated with the names of early Mercian kings’, Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, annual conference, University of Nottingham.

1998

  • ‘The stench of burned bones: Hagiography and ritual in the adoption and commemoration of John the Baptist as titular of medieval parish churches’, Hagiography Society international conference, Ammerdown.
  • ‘Saints’ cults and their components’, Centre for Medieval Research, University of Leicester, MA in Medieval Studies, core teaching seminar series.
  • ‘Faith, Hope, and Locality: The anatomy and ecology of saints’ cults’, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Nottingham, seminar series.

1999

  • ‘TASC: The proposal’, Trans-national Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults, first annual colloquium, University of Leicester.
  • ‘Zones of presence, times of arrival, depths of meaning: Universal saints’ cults in western Europe’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds.
  • ‘Universal saints’ cults in western Europe’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds.

2000

  • ‘TASC-ing the saints: a fresh look at religious dedications’, Wales and the Welsh 2000 Conference, Aberystwyth (April).
  • ‘Woden, Bartholomew, Astaroth: onomastic coincidence or glimpses of public policy?’, Society for Name-Studies of Britain and Ireland, annual conference, Bangor (April).
  • ‘Sacred landscapes’ and ‘The cult of saints’, University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (May).
  • ‘Mapping saints’ cults in GIS’, Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative conference, British Library, London (June).
  • ‘The Trans-national database and atlas of saints’ cults: the Irish dimension’, Pilgrimage: Jerusalem - Rome - Santiago - Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University College, Cork (July).
  • ‘TASC: The first year’, Trans-national Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults, second annual colloquium, Dutch Institute, Rome.
  • ‘Saints’ dedications in Wales: A new electronic resource’, Celtic Hagiography and Saints’ Cults conference, University of Wales, Lampeter (September).
  • ‘Saints and the Welsh: New approaches to a cherished theme’, University of Wales, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies seminar series, Aberystwyth (November).

2001

  • ‘Place-names of the Leadon Valley’, Friends of the Department of English Local History Study Day, Kempley (May).
  • ‘Roman Leicester and its Anglo-Saxon Cathedral’, Diocese of Leicester Training Committee, ‘Stories from Leicester Churches’ series, Leicester (June).
  • ‘St Denis, St Mary, St Edith: New thoughts on the origins of Market Harborough and its churches’, Diocese of Leicester Training Committee, ‘Stories from Leicester Churches’ series, Market Harborough (June).
  • ‘Bottle-kicking and pilgrimage: families at play and prayer in an English parish’, Victoria County History sponsored session, ‘Domus, Ecclesia et Familia: I, Cult sites’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds (July).
  • ‘TASC: The spreadsheet approach’, Trans-national Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults, third annual colloquium, Central European University, Budapest (September).
  • ‘Church (and other) dedications as a resource for historians’, Wolfson Lecture, University of Cambridge (November).

2002

  • ‘Saints and settlement in medieval Framland’, Melton Mowbray and District Historical Society, Melton Mowbray.
  • ‘Teaching the Saints: Their Lives and roles in medieval spirituality’, presentation to a round-table discussion, Society for the Study of Medieval Christianity and Culture, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.
  • ‘The electronic future for our written past’, presentation to a round-table discussion organised by the Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.
  • ‘The devotional landscape of Girona and its hinterland: TASC in Catalunya - and Europe’, Trans-national Database and Atlas of Saints’ Cults, fourth annual colloquium, Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, Göttingen.
  • ‘TASC, The Georgian dimension’, International Conference on Historical Sources, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Georgia, Commission for Historical Sources, Tbilisi.
  • ‘Bartholomew and Thunor: Intimations of rival religions, rival polities’, annual conference of The Sutton Hoo Society, Woodbridge.
  • ‘Home and away: Hallaton’s hare-pie scramble and bottle-kicking’, annual Midland History conference, University of Leicester.
  • Toscana Sacra: Proposal for a Pilot Project’, University of Leicester, Centre for Tuscan Studies, First Annual Tuscan Studies Day.

2003

  • ‘“Play-stows” and “Play-steads”: sport as ritual in the medieval landscape’, Social History Society annual conference, Leicester.
  • ‘The market-place: form and location’, A Celebration of English Local History, University of Leicester.
  • ‘Fighting fire: professionals, patrons and patients of the Order of St Antony of Vienne’, The Religious and the Laity international conference, University of Leicester
  • ‘Instances of St Zita in England’, Twentieth Harlaxton Symposium, Freedom of Movement in the Middle Ages: People, Ideas, Goods.

2004

  • ‘Dedication patterns in the homeland: The evidence from Catalunya’, Saints’ Cults in Latin America, University of California at Berkeley, GIS Center International Symposium.
  • ‘Saints of Lost Landscapes’, Martin Society seminar, St John’s College, Oxford.
  • ‘Cult for Kings? Dedications of Peter and Paul in England’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.

2005

  • ‘Young specialist or elderly GP: Charting the career of a saint through souvenirs’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.
  • ‘Bane of Lucifer, torchbearer of souls. The 4,000-year history of Hallaton’s patron saint’, Festival of Angels, Hallaton.
  • ‘Ritual landscapes’, W. G. Hoskins Commemorative Conference, University of Leicester (and associated field-trip)

2006

  • ‘Religious Dedications as a Tool for Local and Regional Historians from an International Perspective’, University of London, Institute for Historical Research.
  • ‘Devotion to St Michael in Medieval Britain’, Bari, Franco-Italian Research Group on Shrines of St Michael.
  • ‘North meets South, East meets West: Saint’s cults, dedications, and community in medieval Tuscany’, Forty-First International Congress on Mediaeval Studies, Mediaeval Academy of America, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo.
  • ‘Saints and settlement in Guthlaxton Hundred’, Countesthorpe Historical Society.
  • ‘Proclaimed at York: Constantine, saint and emperor, in collective British memories’, Nîs, Annual Ss Constantine and Helen Conference.
  • ‘Mapping the Religious Geography of Europe’, Haifa, Commission Internationale d'Histoire Ecclesiastique Comparée: Invited keynote address [Conference cancelled due to illness of the organiser, Professor Michael Goodich].
  • ‘Places of devotion to St James in Britain: How many roads led to Compostella?’, Paris, Amis de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle’.
  • ‘St Nicholas: The story of his legend, and of Leicester’s Anglo-Saxon cathedral’, Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, public lecture.

2007

  • ‘The religious dedications of Leicestershire and Rutland’, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society.
  • ‘Constantine’s legacy: Tracing Byzantium in the history and culture of the British Isles: The case of the Archangel Michael’, Nîs, Annual Ss Constantine and Helen Conference.
  • ‘Great Bowden: Settlement and saints’, Great Bowden Historical Society.
  • ‘Approaches to local history’, Sapcote Parish History Group.

2008

  • “‘Bartholomew entered a temple”: Worship, lordship, and the origins of Leicestershire’: Medieval Leicestershire Archaeology conference, Leicester.
  • ‘The power of Helen’s name: Heritage and legacy, myth and reality’, Nîs, Annual Ss Constantine and Helen Conference.
  • ‘Mapping the forests: problems and possibilities’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds (contribution to series of sessions on ‘Forests and Chases’ organised by Dr John Langton, St John’s College, Oxford).
  • ‘Wells of St Helen: A told and untold story’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds (session on ‘Sacred springs: natural water and the spiritual world’) .
  • ‘Saints, shrines, and wells in the ancient parish of Llantrisant’, Well-kept Secrets: Day-school on the holy wells of Wales, Penrhys Arts Centre.
  • ‘Saints and parishes in the South Yorkshire coalfield’, St Thomas, Worsborough, Centenary Festival
  • ‘Peter, Paul, and Helen: Patron saints and the matter of Langham’, Langham (Rutland) Local History Group.

2009

  • ‘Heavenly advocates: choices of patronal saint in the medieval church’, Forty-Fourth International Congress on Mediaeval Studies, Mediaeval Academy of America, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, series of sessions on ‘The Community of Saints: The Later Medieval Church’ organised by Prof. Dee Dyas, St John’s College, University of York.
  • ‘Palaces and the royal hunt’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds (contribution to series of sessions on ‘Architecture, Archaeology, and Landscape of Power’ organised by Prof. David Rollason, University of Durham).
  • ‘“Half our historical geography”: Recovering the forests and chases of England and Wales’, Nature, People, Work: An Appreciation of the Historical Geography of Dr John Langton, day-conference at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment.
  • ‘Helena of the Cross, the Queen of Adiabene, and royal myth-making in the Holy City’, Nîs, Annual Ss Constantine and Helen Conference.

2010

  • ‘Saints, settlements, and territories at the centre of England’, Hinckley Fieldwalkers Group public lecture.
  • ‘In search of a nymph or holy man? The mysterious case of St Peter’s, Aston Flamville’, Aston Flamville Parish Church public lecture.
  • ‘Helen of Mesopotamia: The view from Edessa’, Nîs, Annual Ss Constantine and Helen Conference.
  • ‘Forests in England and Wales’, Les Forêts du Languedoc en Siecle XVII conference at the University of Toulouse 2, Le Mirail.

2011

  • ‘Saints and Settlement: St Waerburh, St Alnoth, and the legacy of Roman Britain’, Weedon Bec History Society (Northamptonshire), April 12.
  • ‘Churches and territories north and south of the Mersey’, Friends of the Centre for English Local History study weekend, Sale (Cheshire), May 6-8.
  • ‘Constantine and his mother build a city: Helen of Edessa and Martyropolis’, Nîs, Annual Ss Constantine and Helen Conference, June 3-5.
  • ‘Forests and Chases of England and Wales’, poster display at Deer and People conference, organised by the University of Nottingham, held at the University of Lincoln, September 8-11.
  • ‘Bartlemas – a rare and precious survival of national importance’, ‘Medieval hospitals – and looking after lepers’, ‘A king, a jester, and a saint who challenged Satan’: Series of poster displays for the University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education, East Oxford Community Archaeology Project, Oxford, September-November.
  • ‘Location, location, location: Leper hospitals in the landscape’, University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education, East Oxford Community Archaeology Project, Oxford, December 9.

2012

  • ‘Europe – The long view’, Stamford (Lincolnshire) European Studies Group (U3A), April 12.
  • ‘Earth, fire, and water: Constantine and Helena in the ritual heritage of Europe and its neighbourhood’, Niš and Byzantium. Eleventh Symposium, University of Niš, June 3-5.
  • ‘Wells of St Helen in the context of cult and tradition’, Holy Wells in Wales Conference, University of Wales, Newport, Caerleon Campus, September 15-16.
  • ‘Shepherd of his flock, guardian of the polis: the geography of regional identity as expressed in the dedications of churches’, Cuius patrocinio tota gaudet regio. Saints' Cults and the
    Dynamics of Regional Cohesion. Fourth Hagiography Conference organised by the Croatian Hagiography Society ‘Hagiotheca’, the CULTSYMBOLS project, and the OTKA Saints Project, Dubrovnik, October 18-21.
  • ‘Forests and Chases: Lordly pleasure grounds or common resource?’, Conference on Conserved and Exploited Landscapes, Centre for English Local History, Unversity of Leicester, November 17.
  • ‘Wigmund the Welshman? Lords, lands and churches’, Wymeswold Historical Organisation (Leicestershire), November 20.

2013

  • ‘Proclaimed at York: Constantine’s posthumous impact on kingship and devotion on the Imperial frontiers’, St Emperor Constantine and Christianity international conference, University of Niš, Faculty of Philosophy, May 31-June 3.
  • ‘Holy Cross and Holy Fire: Place, name and metaphor in the narrative of holy Helena’, Niš and Byzantium. Twelfth Symposium, University of Niš, June 3-5.
  • ‘A country called Europe? Cultural landscapes through English eyes’, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Faculty of Philosophy, public lecture, June.
  • ‘Peoples, places, and saints: The making of a European cultural landscape’, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Faculty of Philosophy, departmental public lecture, June.
  • ‘Theatres of power: Buckinghamshire forests and chases’, Buckinghamshire Local History Network annual conference and fair, Little Chalfont, September 28.
  • ‘The saint at the gate and the king on the shore: St Botolph’s cult over time and space’, St Botolph Society, Cambridge, October 9.
  • ‘Heeding Helen: More questions than answers in the life and legacy of Helena Augusta’, ‘Constantine the Great’ Conference, Kellogg College, Oxford, December

2014

  • ‘Guthlac and Bartholomew: The choice of a saintly patron’, ‘Guthlac of Crowland: Celebrating 1300 Years’ conference, University of London, Institute of English Studies, April 10-11.
  • ‘Seas, saints, and power-play: The role of the supernatural in state-building and culture-forging in the world of Stefan Nemanja’, Niš and Byzantium. Thirteenth Symposium, University of Niš, June 3-5.
  • ‘Silvan landscapes and the birth of modern European economies’, University of Würzburg, Würzburg English Language Programme, June 26
  • ‘Woodlanders: European perspectives on “half our history”’, University of Würzburg, Philosophy Faculty, departmental public lecture, June 27.
  • ‘European forests: A common pool resource rediscovered’, International Forests Conference, Research Centre of the University of Würzburg Archaeological Spessart-Project/Institute, Flörsbachtal-Lohrhaupten, June 28-29.

2015

  • ‘Seeds of sanctity: Constantine’s city and civic honouring of his mother Helena’, Niš and Byzantium. Fourteenth Symposium, University of Niš, June 3-5.
  • ‘What’s going on over the German Ocean? Europe past and present in the light of the UK referendum’, public lecture, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Würzburg English Language Programme public lecture, June 13.
  • ‘Magna Carta, June, 1215: What have forests to do with freedom?’ Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Philosophy Faculty, departmental public lecture, June 20.
  • ‘Mapping episcopal forests’, ‘Princes of the Church and their Palaces’ conference, University of Durham, June 30-July 4.
  • ‘Herds, roads and water: A diachronic approach to Sant Magí de Brufaganya’, seminar paper, Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica, Tarragona, September 8.
  • ‘Constructing the past: Llanover, ‘St Gofor’, and the Nine Wells’, Welsh Holy Wells and Springs conference, Belmont Abbey, Hereford, September 12.

2016

  • ‘Kings and lepers: landscapes of healing and authority east of medieval Oxford’, East Oxford, a Thames Valley Landscape: New Archaeology East of the City study day, University of Oxford, February 20, 2016.

2017

  • ‘Forest in the Early Middle Ages’, Kolloquium ‘vor Ort’ zur Landesgeschichte – Franken und Hessen, Flörsbachtal im Spessart, May 19-21, 2017 (Archäologisches Spessart-Projekt Institut, and Lehrstuhl für Fränkische Landesgeschichte, University of Würzburg, and Hessiches Landesamt für geschichtliche Landeskunde, Marburg (Hesse).
  • ‘The Deer of Deerhurst: Landscape, lordship, custom, and ritual’, Deerhurst Lecture 2017, St Mary’s, Deerhurst, September 16, 2017.

2018

  • ‘Shaping the religious landscape: persistent patterns of devotional behaviour’, ‘Walking the Saints’ conference, Ronse, Belgium, May 2018.
  • ‘Beer and wine production in medieval England’, Lehrstuhl für Fränkische Landesgeschichte, University of Würzburg, June 2018.
  • ‘Saintscape: New light on ancient patterns of Manx popular religious devotion’, Jurby, Isle of Man, September 17, 2018.

2019

  • ‘Critical thinking’, Oxford Masterclass (Warsaw), workshop for Polish students, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford, April 2019.
    • ‘The only way is up: Social mobility and the English ruling classes’ [Parts One and Two], Lehrstuhl für Fränkische Landesgeschichte, University of Würzburg, June 2019.
      • ‘Design for living: Organising the pre-modern rural community’, Lehrstuhl für Fränkische Landesgeschichte, University of Würzburg, June 2019.

      2020

      • ‘Critical thinking: The key to a new decade’, Young Talent Management (Warsaw) workshop for Polish students, Hertford College, University of Oxford, January 2020.