School of English and Drama

Dr Eoin Bentick, BA (UCL), MA (UCL), PhD (UCL)


Lecturer in Medieval Literature | Associate Tutor

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A Shropshire lad, I came to London in 2010 to study English at University College London. Eight years later, I completed my PhD, which investigated the relationships between alchemy and verse in late-medieval England. Throughout my research, I have been particularly interested in the allure of difficult alchemical language.

In 2018, I made the voyage east from UCL to Queen Mary, where I now teach medieval literature.

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Undergraduate Teaching

I teach on:

  • ESH110 – Literatures in Time: Texts and Contexts from the Eighth to the Sixteenth Century
  • ESH283 – Arthurian Literature from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Game of Thrones
  • ESH6029 – Heroes and Outlaws in History and Fiction, 1100-1600


Research Interests:

  • Medieval alchemy
  • Nature in medieval literature
  • Manuscripts and their readers
  • Knowledge and desire

Recent and On-Going Research

I research medieval literature associated with alchemy written in both England and France. I have a particular interest in how alchemy was understood by novices, detractors, and armchair alchemists. At the heart of my research is a collection of largely anonymous poems written in a difficult and bombastic English, each claiming to teach their readers the secrets of alchemy.

The monograph I am currently working on, Understanding the Philosophers’ Stone: Literary Alchemies of the Late Middle Ages, looks at how various readers grappled with the linguistic obscurity of such poems. I am also working on an edited collection of previously unpublished alchemical literature.


‘Alchemy and Translation’, in A Companion to Medieval Translation, ed. Jeanette Beer (Leeds: Arc Humanities Press, 2019), pp. 142-152

Public Engagement

My alchemical alter ego, Theophrastus Bombastus, has been spreading news about my research to churches and folk festivals across the country since 2016.

I directed ‘The Resurrection’ at the 2019 Oxford Medieval Mystery Cycle at St. Edmund Hall and will be directing ‘The Crucifixion’ in 2020.