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Dr Benjamin Pohl


  • BS8 1TB

  • 3-5 Woodland Road

    BS8 1TB Bristol

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

Dr Benjamin Pohl joined the University of Bristol in 2015 as a Lecturer in Medieval History c.1000-1400. Since 2018, he has been Senior Lecturer in Medieval History.

Benjamin received his PhD from the University of Bamberg. Prior to his appointment at Bristol, he held research fellowships at the Universities of Bamberg, Cambridge and Ghent. He is also a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as a former research associate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His main research interests are in Norman and Anglo-Norman history and historiography, with a special focus on manuscript studies, palaeography and codicology, book history, historical writing and cultural memory. Benjamin has published widely on the history of medieval Normandy, England and other parts of Europe (incl. Germany). His list of publications includes numerous (35+) peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, the monograph Dudo of Saint-Quentin’s Historia Normannorum: Tradition, Innovation and Memory (Boydell/York Medieval Press, 2015) and the edited volumes A Companion to the Abbey of Le Bec in the Central Middle Ages (11th–13th Centuries) (Brill, 2017) and Record, Relate, Remember: Narrative Constructions of Memory and Generation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Bamberg University Press, 2012). He is currently writing his new monograph Medieval Abbots and the Writing of History (Oxford University Press) and editing The Cambridge Companion to the Age of William the Conqueror for the Cambridge Companions series (Cambridge University Press).

Visiting Fellowships

  • Next Generation Visiting Fellowship, University of Bristol (host for S. Bruce) (2020/21)
  • Gangolf Schrimpf Visiting Fellowship, University of Fulda (Bibliotheca Fuldensis) (2019)
  • Visiting Fellowship, Fordham University, NYC (2019)
  • Visiting Fellowship, Newberry Library, Chicago (2019)
  • Lendrum Priory Residential Research Library Fellowship, Durham University (2019)
  • Arts Faculty Visiting Fellowship, University of Bristol (host for N. Paul) (2019)
  • Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship, University of Bristol (host for S. Vanderputten) (2017)
  • Visiting Fellowship, John Rylands Library and Research Institute (2016)
  • Associate Fellowship, Emmanuel College, Cambridge (2013–2015)
  • Visiting Scholarship, German Historical Institute, London (2011)
  • Exchange Scholarship, National University of Ireland, Galway (2006–2007)

Research Grants

  • Mid-Career Fellowship, British Academy (2019–20)
  • Neil Ker Memorial Fund, British Academy (2018)
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship, Humboldt Foundation (2015)
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship, National Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) (2015)
  • Neil Ker Memorial Fund, British Academy (2014)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2013–15)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG) (2013)
  • Research Grant, Commission for Research and Young Academics (FNK) (2013)

Prizes, Awards and Smaller Grants

  • Seedcorn Research Grant, Centre for Material Texts, University of Bristol (2020)
  • Research Initiatives Fund, University of Bristol (2019)
  • CREATE Excellence Award in Research and Teaching, University of Bristol (2018)
  • BIRTHA Research Grant, University of Bristol (2015)
  • Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize, University of Bamberg (2013)
  • Muriel Brown Bursary, Allen Brown Memorial Trust (2011)
  • Postgraduate Bursary, Leeds Institute for Medieval Studies (2011)


Office: 26/27 St Michael’s Park, G.02

Tel.: 01179 2(88396)


External positions

Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


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