Will Beattie

Will Beattie


MA in Medieval Studies (University of York); MA (Hons.) in English Literature (University of St Andrews).

Year of Matriculation




Areas of Interest

Eschatology; Old English literature; homiletic literature; the relationship between early medieval politics and religion.


Will's main interest lies in the function of eschatological literature during the medieval period, particularly in Anglo-Saxon England. He approaches this study from a sociopolitical perspective, investigating the ways in which contemporary events like the Scandinavian invasions of the 8th to 11th centuries influenced the use of religious language. He is also interested in the relationship between soul and body in Anglo-Saxon literature.

Recent Scholarly Activity

2019—Managing Editor at Religion & Literature

2019—Research at Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Notre Dame's Rome Seminar)

2019—Conference Presentation: 'Apocalypse and Salvation: The Significance of the Eschatological Imagery in the Lindisfarne Gospels' Evangelist Pages,' Cornell Medieval Studies Student Colloquium (Cornell, NY)

2018—Presidential Fellowship