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 (40+) 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, Univ. of Bristol (host for S. Bruce) (2021/22)
  • Gangolf Schrimpf Visiting Fellowship, Univ. of Fulda, Bibliotheca Fuldensis (2019)
  • Visiting Fellowship, Fordham Univ., NYC (2019)
  • Center for Renaissance Studies Faculty Fellowship, Newberry Library, Chicago (2019)
  • Lendrum Priory Residential Research Library Fellowship, Durham Univ. (2019)
  • Arts Faculty Visiting Fellowship, Univ. of Bristol (host for N. Paul) (2019)
  • Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship, Univ. of Bristol (host for S. Vanderputten) (2017)
  • Visiting Fellowship, John Rylands Library and Research Institute (2016)
  • Feodor Lynen Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2015)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Faculty of History, Univ. of Cambridge (2013–15)
  • Associate Fellowship, Emmanuel College, Cambridge (2013–15)
  • FNK Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Univ. of Bamberg (2013)
  • Visiting Scholarship, German Historical Institute, London (2011)

Research Grants

  • Costed Extension to Mid-Career Fellowship, British Academy (2020–21)
  • Mid-Career Fellowship, British Academy (2019–20)
  • Neil Ker Memorial Fund, British Academy (2018)
  • Postdoctoral Research Grant, National Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) (2015)
  • Neil Ker Memorial Fund, British Academy (2014)
  • Postdoctoral Research Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2013–15)
  • Postdoctoral Research Grant, German Research Foundation (DFG) (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Research Grant, Commission for Research and Young Academics (FNK) (2013)
  • Doctoral Research Grant, German Research Foundation (DFG) (2009–13)
  • Foreign Exchange Scholarship, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway, ERASMUS (2006–2007)

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)

Linguistic profile

  • German (native speaker)
  • English (bilingual)
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Latin (classical and medieval)
  • Medieval vernaculars (various)


Office: 26/27 St Michael’s Park, G.02

Tel.: 01179 2(88396)

Email: benjamin.pohl@bristol.ac.uk

External positions

Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Medieval Studies


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