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. He was promoted (via accelerated progression) to Senior Lecturer in 2018, and to Associate Professor (Reader) in 2022.

Benjamin received his PhD from the University of Bamberg. Prior to his appointment at Bristol, he held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Universities of Bamberg, Cambridge, and Ghent. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Royal Historical Society, and the Higher Education Academy, an alumnus of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), and the German Historical Institute in London (GHIL), and a former research associate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is a councillor of the Bristol Record Society, a member of the comité de rédaction of Tabularia: Sources écrites des mondes normands médiévaux, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and series editor of Bristol Studies in Medieval Cultures.

Benjamin's main research interests are medieval European history and historiography, with a special focus on manuscript studies, palaeography and codicology, book history, historical writing, and cultural memory. He has published widely on the history of medieval Normandy, England, and other parts of Europe (incl. Southern Italy and Germany). He is the creator and curator of the online exhibition History and Community: 20 Exhibits from Downside Abbey, which runs from 2020–25.

Benjamin is the author of the following books:

He has edited the following volumes:

He has also written over 45 journal articles and book chapters.

Benjamin is currently writing a new book on the thirteenth-century roll cartulary of Aynho Hospital, Northamptonshire together with Richard Allen (Magdalen College, Oxford), which is under contract with Boydell & Brewer for publication in their Medieval Documentary Cultures series.

Virtual Bookshelf



  • Next Generation Visiting Fellowship, Univ. of Bristol (host for S. Bruce) (2022/23)
  • 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

  • Neil Ker Memorial Fund, British Academy (2022–23)
  • 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 Small 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: 2.42, 13 Woodland Rd

Email: benjamin.pohl@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: @AbbotsMedieval

External positions

Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Medieval Studies


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