Anthony Bale

Anthony Bale is an English medievalist.[1]

Anthony Bale
United Kingdom
AwardsHuntington Library Fellowships, 2003 and 2018. Koret Jewish Studies Publications Prize 2005. Ronald Tress Prize 2007. Frankel Fellowship University of Michigan 2008. Philip Leverhulme Prize 2011. Walter Hines Page Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation, National Humanities Center 2012. Beatrice White Prize, English Association 2014. Distinguished International Fellowship, University of Melbourne 2015. Brittingham Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Madison 2015. Morton Bloomfield Fellowship, Harvard University 2019.
Academic background
Alma materOxford University; University of York; Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Academic advisorsPaul Strohm
Academic work
InstitutionsBirkbeck, University of London
Main interestsMedieval Studies; English Language & Literature


He is Professor of Medieval Studies at Birkbeck, University of London and from 2017 to 2021 was Executive Dean of the School of Arts, and has written widely on medieval Christian-Jewish relations and on medieval culture and literature. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize 2011, a prize "awarded to outstanding scholars under the age of 36 who have made a substantial contribution to their field of study, are recognised at an international level, and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise." He has published Feeling Persecuted: Christians, Jews and Images of Violence in the Middle Ages,[2] which was awarded the Beatrice White Prize of the English Association. He has published new editions of The Book of Marvels and Travels by Sir John Mandeville and The Book of Margery Kempe.[3] Most recently, he co-edited (with Sebastian Sobecki) Medieval English Travel: A Critical Anthology, and was Morton W. Bloomfield Fellow at Harvard University. His biography of Margery Kempe, entitled Margery Kempe: A Mixed Life, appeared in 2021. Anthony Bale was President of the New Chaucer Society from 2020 to 2022.

His ‘’Travel Guide to the Middle Ages'’ will be published by Viking Penguin in 2023.[4]


  1. ^ "Anthony Bale — Department of English and Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London". 9 November 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Feeling Persecuted: Christians, Jews and Images of Violence in the Middle Ages | Reviews in History". 20 December 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  3. ^ "In Our Time: Margery Kempe and English Mysticism". BBC Radio. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Viking lands Bale's Middle Ages travel guide". 31 March 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.