Academic Profile

Katherine Hindley is Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature in the Division of English. Her research interests lie at the intersection of medieval literature, manuscript studies, and the history of medicine.
Katherine's current project studies words at their most powerful, examining the medieval belief that spoken and written words, in the form of charms and textual amulets, could physically change the world. Through extensive manuscript research, the project demonstrates that charms were deeply rooted in medieval English culture and explores their influence on literary texts including The Book of Margery Kempe and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. This research has been supported by the Medieval Academy of America, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Josephine de Karman Fellowship, among others.
Katherine is also interested in the material transmission of texts. She has been involved with several projects studying the medieval manuscript roll and is a co-founder of the international workshop series 'Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll'. She is bringing these interests to NTU with the support of an EdeX grant, which has funded the purchase of a teaching collection for the history of the book. As of 2019, Katherine is Acting Director of the London International Palaeography Summer School, which is run by the Institute of English Studies at the University of London's School of Advanced Studies.
Katherine received her PhD in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 2017. She also holds an MA (Oxon.) in English and an MSt in Medieval Studies, both from the University of Oxford.
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Asst Prof Katherine Hindley
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Old English Literature
Middle English Literature
Charms and Amulets
History of Magic
History of Medicine
Manuscript Studies
  • Digital Database of Medical and Protective Charms from Medieval England

  • On Parchment or on Bread: Textual Magic on Medieval England

  • Singapore Symposium on the Middle Ages: Multilingualism, Translation, and Cultural Exchange
  • Katherine Hindley. (2019). Hippocrates the Fool: Faith and Healing in Lovelich's History of the Holy Grail. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 19(2), 110-121.

  • Katherine Hindley.(2019). The Power of Not Reading: Amulet Rolls in Medieval England. The Roll in England and France in the Late Middle Ages(289-306). Berlin, Munich, and Boston: De Gruyter.

  • Katherine Hindley.(2019). Eating Words and Burning Them: The Power of Destruction in Medieval English Charm Texts. Zerstörung von Geschriebenem. Historiche und transkulturelle Perspektiven / Destruction of Writing. Historical and Transcultural PerspectivesBerlin, Munich, and Boston: De Gruyter.

  • Katherine Hindley. (2018). Text Over Time: The Written Word in English Charms Before 1350. Incantatio, 7, 72-93.

  • Katherine Hindley.(2016). Sight, Foresight, and Understanding: Visual Imagery in the Old English Boethius and Soliloquies. The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Language(21-35). Leiden: Brill.