Malcolm Godden

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Malcolm Reginald Godden, FBA (born 9 October 1945) is a British academic who held the chair of the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford from 1991 until 2013.[1]

From 1963 to 1966 he studied for a B.A. in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge; he then continued with several postgraduate studies until 1969. In 1970 he obtained a Ph.D. from Cambridge University[2] for a dissertation which was an edition of Ælfric's Second Series of Catholic Homilies under the supervision of Professor P. A. M. Clemoes.

His academic appointments include:

  • 1969-1972: Junior Research Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • 1970-1971: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Cornell University
  • 1972-75: University Lecturer, Department of English Language, Liverpool University
  • 1976-91: Fellow and lecturer in English, Exeter College, Oxford, and CUF Lecturer in the Faculty of English, Oxford University
  • 1991-2013: Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford, and professorial fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

His interests include: Alfredian prose, Wulfstan of York, Ælfric of Eynsham and medieval theatre. He is currently an editor of the academic journal Anglo-Saxon England.

He was elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2009.[3]


  • Ælfric's Catholic Homilies: the Second Series, Text (Early English Text Society, Supplementary Series; 5.) Oxford: University Press, 1979
  • The Making of Piers Plowman. London, 1990
  • The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature; edited with M. Lapidge. Cambridge: University Press, 1991
  • From Anglo-Saxon to Early Middle English: studies presented to E. G. Stanley; edited with D. Gray and T. Hoad. Oxford, 1994
  • Ælfric's Catholic Homilies: the First Series, Text; ed. P. Clemoes. (Early English Text Society, Supplementary Series; 17.) Oxford: University Press, 1997
  • Ælfric's Catholic Homilies: Introduction, Commentary and Glossary. (Early English Text Society, Supplementary Series; 18.) Oxford: University Press, 2000
  • The Old English Boethius: an edition of the Old English versions of Boethius’s "De Consolatione Philosophiae"; edited with S. Irvine. 2 vols. Oxford: University Press, 2009


  1. ^ "Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon". Professorships Held by the Inklings. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Malcolm R. Godden". Oxford University. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  3. ^ "GODDEN, Professor Malcolm". British Academy Fellows. British Academy. Retrieved 22 January 2014.

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