Researchers at UCD


Mary Clayton


School Of English, Drama & Film
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168792


Mary Clayton joined UCD in 1982. She was educated in UCC (BA 1975), the University of Munich, UCC (MA 1978) and St Hilda¿s College, Oxford (DPhil. 1983). She has twice been a Fulbright Visiting Professor in the United States (1988-89 in Harvard, 1996 in University of California at Berkeley). She is on the Advisory Editorial Board of Anglo-Saxon England and is President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.




Association: International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Function/Role: *President
Association: Teachers of Old English of Britain and Ireland, Function/Role: *



Mary Clayton (2013) Two Ælfric Texts: The Twelve Abuses and The Vices and Virtues. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. [Details]
Mary Clayton (2013) Old English Poems of Christ and his Saints. Cambridge MA: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. [Details]
Clayton, M. (1998) The Apocryphal Gospels of Mary in Anglo-Saxon England, Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England 26. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1994) Lives of St Margaret in Anglo-Saxon England. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1990) The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Anglo-Saxon England, Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Mary Clayton (2013) 'Preaching and Teaching' In: Malcolm Godden and Michael Lapidge (eds). The Cambridge Companion to Anglo-Saxon England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , pp.159-179 [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2012) 'De duodecim abusiuis, Lordship and Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England' In: S. McWilliams (eds). Saints and Scholars: New Perspectives on Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture. Woodbridge, England: Boydell and Brewer. [Details]
Clayton, Mary; (2005) 'Ælfric's De Auguriis and Cambridge Corpus Christ College 178' In: O'Brien, K., O'Keeffe and Orchard, A (eds). Latin Learning and English Lore: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature for Michael Lapidge. Toronto: UTP. , pp.376-394 [Details]
Clayton, M.; (2002) 'An edition of Ælfrics Letter to Brother Edward' In: edited by E. Treharne and S. Rosser (Tempe, Arizona, 2002) (eds). Early Medieval English Texts and Interpretations: Studies Presented to Donald G. Scragg. , pp.263-283 [Details]
Clayton, M.; (2001) 'Changing Fortunes: The Cult of the Virgin in Tenth-Century England' In: ed. C M. Piastra (Florence, 2001) (eds). Gli Studi di Mariologia Medievale Bilancio Storiografico. , pp.87-96 [Details]
Clayton, M.; (2000) ''Ælfric and Æthelred' in ' In: ed. J. Roberts and J. Nelson, King's College London Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies (London) (eds). Essays on Anglo-Saxon and Related Themes in Memory of Lynne Grundy. , pp.65-88 [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1999) ''Ælfric's Esther: A Speculum Reginae?'' In: Presented to Joseph Donovan Pheifer, ed. H. Conrad O'Briain, A. M. DArcy and J. Scattergood (Dublin, 1999) (eds). Text and Gloss: Studies in Insular Language and Literature. , pp.89-101 [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1996) ''Hermits and the Contemplative Life in Anglo-Saxon England'' In: ed. P. Szarmach (Albany, NY, 1996) (eds). Holy Men and Holy Women: Old English Prose Saints' Lives and their Contexts. , pp.147-175 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Mary Clayton (2012) 'Christ and Satan Line 729'. Notes and Queries, 59 (1):1-2. [Details]
Mary Clayton (2012) 'The Old English Poem Guthlac A, Line 35a'. Notes and Queries, 59 (2). [Details]
Mary Clayton (2012) 'The Source of Ælfric's Catholic Homilies II 12, lines 531-539'. Notes and Queries, 59 :476-479. [Details]
Mary Clayton (2012) 'Christ and Satan Lines 458-9'. Notes and Queries, 59 (3):306-309. [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2009) 'The Old English Promissio regis'. Anglo-Saxon England, 37 :91-150. Available Online [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2009) 'Suicide in the Works of Aelfric'. The Review of English Studies, 60 (245):339-370. Available Online [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2008) 'Temperance as the Mother of Virtues in Aelfric'. Notes and Queries, 55 (1):1-2. [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2007) 'Letter to Brother Edward: A Student Edition'. Old English Newsletter, 40 (3):31-46. Available Online [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2007) 'Blood and the Soul in Aelfric'. Notes and Queries, 54 (4):1-3. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1999) ''The Transitus Mariae: The Tradition and its Origins''. Apocrypha, 10 :74-98. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1994) ''Ælfric's Judith: Manipulative or Manipulated?''. Anglo-Saxon England, 23 :215-227. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1994) ''Centralism and Uniformity versus Localism and Diversity: the Virgin and Native Saints in the Monastic Reform''. Peritia, 8 :95-106. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1993) 'Of Mice and Men: Ælfric's Second Homily for the Feast of a Confessor''. Leeds Studies in English, 24 :1-26. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1989) ''The Homily on the Assumption in CCCC 41''. Notes and Queries, 234 :293-295. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1986) ''Delivering the Damned: a Motif in Old English Homiletic Prose''. Medium Aevum, 55 :92-102. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1986) ''Blickling Homily XIII Reconsidered''. Leeds Studies in English, 17 :25-40. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1986) ''Ælfric and the Nativity of the Virgin Mary''. Anglia, 104 :286-315. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1986) ''Assumptio Mariae: an eleventh-century Anglo-Latin Poem from Abingdon''. Analecta Bollandiana, 104 :419-426. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1986) ''Ælfric and Cogitis me''. Notes and Queries, 231 :148-149. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1985) ''Ælfric's De uirginitate''. Notes and Queries, 230 :8-10. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1985) ''Homiliaries and Preaching in Anglo-Saxon England', Peritia 4 (1985), (reprinted in Old English Prose: Basic Readings, ed. P. Szarmach (New York and London, 2000), pp. 151-198)'. Peritia, :207-242. [Details]
Clayton, M.; (1984) ''Feasts of the Virgin in the Liturgy of the Anglo-Saxon Church''. Anglo-Saxon England, 13 :209-234. [Details]

Electronic Publication

Clayton, M.; (0) 'Blickling Homily I, Blickling Homily XIII, Homily on the Assumption of the Virgin, Ælfric's Homily on the Nativity of the Virgin, Ælfric's Second Homily for the Feast of a Confessor', Ælfrics De Sanguine, Euangelium Pseudo-Matthaei. Electronic Publication [Details]


Mary Clayton; (2003) Review of Harbus, Helena of Britain in Medieval Legend. Notes and Queries 50: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2002) Review of Kabir, Paradise, Death and Doomsday in Anglo-Saxon Literature. Medium Aevum 71: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2001) Review of Lees, Tradition and Belief: Religious Writing in Late Anglo-Saxon England. Journal of English and Germanic Philology: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1995) Review of Irvine, Old English Homilies from Bodley 343. Anglia: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1994) Review of Scragg, The Vercelli Homilies. Review of English Studies 45: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1992) Review of Lerer, Literacy and Power in Anglo-Saxon Literature. Notes and Queries 39: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1991) Review of Godden and Lapidge, The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature. Review of English Studies 45: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1990) Review of Wallace-Hadrill, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People: A Historical Commentary. Review of English Studies 41: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1988) Review of Fausboll, Fifty-Six Aelfric Fragments. Medium Aevum 57: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1986) Review of Bridges, Generic Contrast in Old English Hagiographical Poetry. Review of English Studies 37: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1985) Review of Bazire and Cross, Eleven Old English Rogationtide Homilies. Medium Aevum 54: Reviews [Details]
Mary Clayton; (1984) Review of G. Kotzor, Das altenglische Martyrologium. Review of English Studies 35: Reviews [Details]


Clayton, Mary; (2010) 'Hermits' and 'The Virgin Mary'. York: Articles [Details]
Mary Clayton; (2001) Theophilus. Kalamazoo, MI: Articles [Details]


Research Interests

Anglo-Saxon literature and culture; saints lives; apocrypha


Teaching Philosophy

Old English and Middle English Literature; Old English Language; History of Ideas in the Middle Ages