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Professor Leah Tether

BA Hons(Dunelm.), MA(Dunelm.), PhD(Dunelm.)

  • BS8 1TB


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Research interests

Leah Tether is a scholar of medieval French and English literature, Arthurian romance, book history and publishing studies. She completed her PhD in Medieval Literature at Durham in 2009 and then became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cultures of the Digital Economy Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. She has a background in trade publishing, having worked at Penguin Books. She took up the post of MA Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in 2012, and then became a Principal Lecturer in 2014.

Leah joined the University of Bristol in 2015 as Senior Lecturer. She became Reader in 2017 and Professor in 2019. She is also the Graduate Dean/Education Director for the Faculty of Arts, and was the Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies in 2017/18. Her current research looks at the publishing histories of vernacular medieval narratives from manuscript to digital. Her monographs include The Continuations of Chrétien's Perceval: Content and Continuation, Extension and Ending (D.S. Brewer, 2012), Publishing the Grail in Medieval and Renaissance France (D.S. Brewer, 2017) and The General Reader and the Academy: Medieval French Literature and Penguin Classics (Cambridge University Press, 2019). She is now working on a project exploring medieval literature that didn't make it to print in the early-modern period, with a monograph on the subject due for publication in 2022 with DeGruyter entitled Unpublished: Medieval Literature and the Early-Modern Publisher. She is also working on an edition of the recently discovered "Bristol Merlin" manuscript fragments.

Research supervision

Leah is able to supervise research postgraduates in the following areas: Arthurian Literature (French and English); digital humanities; history of the book; medieval and digital reading cultures; medieval French literature 1200-1400; publishing studies.


Leah’s current undergraduate teaching covers medieval English and French literature, trans-historical Arthurian literature, publishing and digital studies. At postgraduate level, she teaches on material and digital cultures of literature.

Current Affiliations

President - International Arthurian Society British Branch

Treasurer - International Courtly Literature Society

Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Trustee - The Vinaver Trust

Editor-in-Chief - Journal of the International Arthurian Society


Office: 3-5 Woodland Road, B15

Tel: +44 (0) 117 42 84496



External positions

External Examiner - Publishing, University College London

1 Feb 2019 → …

External Examiner - Publishing, Bath Spa University

1 Sep 2015 → …

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Research Output

Unpublished: Medieval Literature and the Early-Modern Publisher

Tether, L., 2022, (In preparation) DeGruyter Mouton.

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

Printers’ Prefaces as Indices of Rewriting

Tether, L., 2021, (In preparation) Rewriting Medieval French Literature. Tether, L. & Busby, K. (eds.). DeGruyter Mouton

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Rewriting Medieval French Literature

Tether, L. (ed.) & Busby, K. (ed.), 2021, (In preparation) DeGruyter Mouton.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book


IMEMS Small Grant

Tether, Leah (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


International Courtly Literature Society International Congress

Leah Tether (Speaker)

23 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Penguin Classics: Repackaging Medieval French Texts for the British Paperback Market, c. 1960-2000

Leah Tether (Invited speaker)

24 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

Associate Fellowship

Leah Tether (Recipient)

May 2019Jun 2019

Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

Supervised Work

Insular Secular Carolling in the Late Middle Ages

Author: Eustace, F., 25 Sep 2018

Supervisor: Tether, L. (Supervisor) & Hornby, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)