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Simon Keynes
Born (1952-09-23) 23 September 1952 (age 71)
Cambridge, England
Occupation(s)Academic, historian, antiquarian
Academic background
EducationKing's College School, Cambridge
The Leys School
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
(BA, PhD, LittD)
Academic work
DisciplineAnglo-Saxon studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge

Simon Douglas Keynes, FBA, FSA, FRHistS (/ˈknz/ KAYNZ; born 23 September 1952) is a British author who is Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon emeritus in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Trinity College.[1]


Keynes is the fourth and youngest son of Richard Darwin Keynes and his wife Anne Adrian, and thus a member of the Keynes family (and, by extension, of the Darwin–Wedgwood family). Two of his elder brothers are the conservationist and author Randal Keynes and the medical scientist and fellow fellow of Trinity Roger Keynes. He is the grandson of the surgeon Geoffrey Keynes and Nobelist Edgar Douglas Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian, grandnephew of the economist John Maynard Keynes and great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin.[2]

He was born in Cambridge and educated at King's College School, The Leys School and Trinity College, Cambridge.[3] He was lecturer in Anglo-Saxon History at Cambridge from 1978, reader in Anglo-Saxon History from 1992, and Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, from 1999 until 2019. He has been a fellow of Trinity College since 1976.[1] From 1999 to 2006 he was head of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.

He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the British Academy, and sits on various of the latter's committees.[3][4]

Keynes is also co-editor of the journal Anglo-Saxon England, and is on the editorial board of Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England. From 1993 to 2004 he was associate editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.[3]

In 2017, Keynes became the recipient of a Festschrift: Writing, Kingship and Power in Anglo-Saxon England.[5] He retired from his professorship on 1 October 2019, and was succeeded by Rosalind Love.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

For a full list up to 2017, see 'Publications by Simon Keynes', in Writing, Kingship and Power in Anglo-Saxon England, ed. by Rory Naismith and David A. Woodman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. xv-xxx ISBN 9781316676066, doi:10.1017/9781316676066.



  1. ^ a b Keynes, Simon. The Writers Directory 2008. Ed. Michelle Kazensky. 23rd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: St. James Press, 2007. 1066. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Accessed 29 November 2010.(subscription required)
  2. ^ Trust, HMS Beagle. "Our Team · The HMS BEAGLE PROJECT". www.hmsbeagleproject.org. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Who's Who 2010, London, A & C Black (2009), pp 1271–2, ISBN 978-1-4081-1414-8
  4. ^ Keynes entry in Debrett's People of Today Archived 15 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Ed. by Rory Naismith and David A. Woodman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), doi:10.1017/9781316676066, ISBN 9781316676066.
  6. ^ "Elrington and Bosworth Professorship of Anglo-Saxon". University of Cambridge. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2020.

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