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My PhD project, ‘Catholics of the English Race’ explores the overlap between ethnic and ecclesiological categories in England in the seventh and eighth centuries. When Anglo-Saxon authors speak of the ‘church of the English’, what do they mean? How does this ethnically circumscribed church relate to other ecclesiological categories such as the diocese, the province, or the universal church?

The sources for my study include letters, histories, homilies and sermons, biblical commentaries and hagiographies. By analyzing these sources’ use of ethnic and ecclesiological language, I aim to reconstruct a picture of the way ethnicity could function as an ecclesiological category in early medieval Britain.

My work is funded by a PhDs in the Humanities grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and supervised by prof. dr. Hagit Amirav and prof. dr. Paul van Geest.

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Education/Academic qualification

Master, Faculty of Religion and Theology

Master, Faculty of Religion and Theology

Bachelor, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit


  • BR Christianity
  • D111 Medieval History
  • DA Great Britain

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baptism Social Sciences
ritual Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
church Social Sciences
Christianization Social Sciences
standard language Social Sciences
faith Social Sciences
Language Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2013 2017

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Conversion as Convergence: Gregory the Great Confronting Pagan and Jewish Influences in Anglo-Saxon Christianity

Adan Jones, M., 2017, Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire: New Evidence, New Approaches (4th-8th Centuries). Sághy, M. & Schoolman, E. (eds.). Budapest: CEU Press, p. 151-163 13 p. (CEU Medievalia; vol. 18).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


The Language of Baptism in Early Anglo-Saxon England: The Case for Old English

Adan Jones, M., 2017, In : Studies in Church History. 53, p. 39-50

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

A Chosen Missionary People? Willibrord, Boniface, and the Election of the Angli

Adan Jones, M., 2016, In : medieval worlds. 3, p. 98-115

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Anglo-Saxon England

Origen's Authority: Exegetical Borrowings and Doctrinal Departures in Gregory the Great's Expositio in Canticum Canticorum

Jones, M. A., 2016, Origeniana Undecima: Origen and Origenism in the History of Western Thought. Jacobsen, A-C. (ed.). Leuven: Peeters, p. 575-585

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2016 2016

  • 3 Lecture / Presentation

Gelobistu? Credo. The Rise and Fall of the Germanic Baptismal Interrogation

Miriam Jones-Adan (Speaker)
7 Apr 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Vernacular Baptism and the Church of the English

Miriam Jones-Adan (Speaker)
16 Jan 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Michael J. Kennedy Prize

Miriam Adan (Recipient), 2016


Ecclesiastical History

Thesis Prize

Miriam Adan (Recipient), 16 Jan 2014



Press / Media

De Brexit van Willibrord

Miriam Adan


1 item of media coverage, 1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities