I studied history at the universities of Leuven and Ghent. I was then a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, before coming to Liverpool in 1997. I am a specialist of the medieval history of France and the Low Countries. My particular interests are medieval chronicles and the history of the book in the medieval and early modern period. Most of my recent publications concern Jean Froissart's Chronicles and the manuscripts and early prints through which this important historical work was transmitted.
- Keynote paper "Possibilities, choices, interpretations" (Keynote Speech, European Society for Textual Scholarship 2012)
- Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Bibliographical Society of America 2012)
- Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing (Competitive Fellowship, Newberry Library (Chicago) 2011)
- Prix Henri Pirenne 2009 (Prize, Belgian Royal Academy, Commission Royale d'Histoire 2009)
- History Prize (Prize, Province of Antwerp, Belgium 2007)
- Visiting Scholarship (Competitive Fellowship, St John's College Oxford 2006)
- Keynote address (Keynote Speech, Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Study-group, University of Edinburgh 2005)
- Invited opening paper (Invitation to Speak, Collège de France 2004)
- Mellon Visiting Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin 2002)
- Humanities Prize (Belgian Royal Academy 1996)
- "History of Helmond" Prize (Prize, City of Helmond, The Netherlands 1988)
- Chair of the CLAS Module Review Board.