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Professor Anthony Bale

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

Professor of Medieval Studies and Deputy Dean of Arts

Anthony Bale teaches on the BA English, MA Medieval Literature and Culture and 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. 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 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, 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 has been awarded a 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

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

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

Professor Bale has recently acted as an academic advisor for the Blood exhibition at the Jewish Museum London; this exhibition will shortly be moving to the POLIN museum, Warsaw

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

Professor Bale held a Distinguished International Research Fellowship at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, based at the University of Melbourne (July - September 2015).

Professor Bale was awarded the Beatrice White Prize (2013).

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