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Cloister - Durham

Matthew J Mills
BTh Hons, MA, DPhil

I have been thinking and writing about the intellectual, devotional and material history of the Middle Ages for nearly two decades. My research interests range widely, but I have particular expertise in the fields of Mariology and religious life, especially in the context of the British Isles after 1000AD.

I am presently Head of Development at Durham Cathedral and an honorary fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham. Until 2019, I held lectureships in Theology and Medieval Studies within the University of Oxford, and I remain a senior member of Regent's Park College, Oxford. I am also a tutor and senior member of St Chad's College, Durham, and a visiting lecturer at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge.






  • ‘The Good Life: Iris Murdoch and Medieval Theology’, in Iris Murdoch and the Western Theological Imagination, Iris Murdoch Today, ed. Miles Leeson and Frances White (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2024), forthcoming

  • ‘Preface’, in Keeper of the Word: The Virgin Mary in Anglican, Baptist and Catholic dialogues, Oxford Centre for Baptist Studies, ed. Ross J. Maidment and Matthew J. Mills (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2023), xvii-xxv

  • ‘Mulierem fortem: The Marian Pattern of Christian Discipleship’, in ibid., 63-78

  • ‘Maria, gratia plena: Vision, Convergence and Controversy’, in ibid., 133-140

  • 285 entries, in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 4th edn, ed. Andrew Louth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022)

  • A Vindication of Desire: St Anselm, with C. S. Lewis’, The Downside Review 139.2 (2021), 133-144

  • In the Barque of Peter: St Anselm’s Ecclesiology’, The Saint Anselm Journal 15.2 (2020), 97-114

  • ‘Caritatis communionem: Reconciliation through an Ecumenism of Friendship’, in Reconciling Rites: Essays in Honour of Myra N. Blyth, Oxford Centre for Baptist Studies, ed. Andy Goodliff, Anthony Clarke, and Beth Allison-Glenny (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2020), 224-240

  • ‘Stephen of Sawley’s Meditations on Our Lady’s Joys and the Medieval History of the Rosary’, Cistercian Studies Quarterly 50.4 (2015), 424-439



  • Angier, Tom, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 356pp., Journal of Moral Philosophy 19 (2022), 431-434

  • Bell, David N., Handmaid of the Lord: Mary, the Cistercians, and Armand-Jean de Rancé (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021), 400pp., The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 11 (2022), 217-219

  • Griffiths, Fiona J., Nuns’ Priests’ Tales: Men and Salvation in Women’s Monastic Life (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), 360pp., History: Journal of the Historical Association 107.374 (2022), 170-172

  • Lipscomb, Benjamin J. B., The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), 344pp., Studies in Christian Ethics, 35.4 (2022), 859-861

  • Borromeo, Charles, Selected Orations, Homilies and Writings, ed. J. R. Cihak, trans. A. Santogrossi (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 216pp., Regent’s Reviews 12.1 (2020), 36-38

  • Pepinster, Catherine, The Keys and the Kingdom: The British and the Papacy from John Paul II to Francis (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 245pp., Regent’s Reviews 12.1 (2020), 33-36

  • Cone, Steven D., Theology from the Great Tradition (London; New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018), 726pp., Regent’s Reviews 11.1 (2019), 13-15

  • Houston, James M. and Zimmerman, Jens, eds, Sources of the Christian Self: A Cultural History of Christian Identity (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2018), 692pp., Regent’s Reviews 11.1 (2019), 39-41

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