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Professor Anthony Bale

MA (Oxford), MA (York), DPhil (Oxford)

Executive Dean of Arts and Professor of Medieval Studies.

Anthony Bale is Executive Dean of the School of Arts. He has taught on the BA English and MA Medieval Literature and Culture and currently supervises doctoral students working on medieval topics.

Bale has published widely on medieval literature, culture, and religion. In particular, his work has explored relations between Christians and Jews in medieval England and, more recently, the culture of medieval pilgrimage. He has also edited and translated several medieval texts, and has recently published a new translation and edition of The Book of Margery Kempe with Oxford University Press. His current work explores travel, books, and pilgrimage between England and the Holy Land in the later Middle Ages.

He has received fellowships and research funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Australian Research Councils, the British Academy, Harvard University, the Huntington Library, the Leverhulme Trust, the University of Michigan Frankel Institute, the National Humanities Center, and the Pilgrim Trust. He is a Trustee of the New Chaucer Society.

Contact details

tel: 020 7631 6167

Research updates

Professor Bale acted as an academic advisor for the Blood exhibition in 2015-16, and more recently the Jews, Money, Myth exhibition (2019), at the Jewish Museum London.

Professor Bale has recently been awarded the Morton Bloomfield Fellowship at Harvard University for 2018-19.

Professor Bale was awarded a 2016-17 Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence award for animation director Shay Hamias: you can follow their project on animation and medieval manuscripts at their instagram page here and their current exhibition, Capsule: Inside the Medieval Book, here

Professor Bale has recently been awarded funding from The Pilgrim Trust to preserve and catalogue Birkbeck's collection of medieval books

Professor Bale was the recipient of a 2016-18 Leverhulme International Research Network Award for a project on 'Pilgrim Libraries: Books and Reading on the Medieval Routes to Rome and Jerusalem.'

Professor Bale held the 2015 Brittingham Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Bale was awarded a 2011 Philip Leverhulme Prize. This supported his research exploring European ideas of the Holy Land in the Middle Ages.

About Prof. Anthony Bale