Elizabeth Keen studied English Language and Literature at Bristol University (BA Hons 1964) with special attention to the medieval period. While raising a family in Australia she worked as a teacher, then resumed her studies in the History Department at The Australian National University (MA 1996, PhD 2002). As a Visiting Fellow in the Department she published a number of papers on the medieval encyclopaedic genre and the monograph Journey of a Book: Bartholomew the Englishman and the Properties of Things (ANU Press) in 2007. The book-chapter ‘Shifting horizons: the medieval compilation of knowledge as mirror of a changing world’ is due to appear in 2011 in Encylopaedism before the Enlightenment ed. J. König and G.Woolf (CUP, in press).