Professor Leah Tether

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

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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 served as the Graduate Education Director for the Faculty of Arts (Deputy Dean of Arts, Graduate Studies) from 2017 to 2021, and was the Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies in 2017/18. From 2021, she has been appointed to the role of University Education Director (Quality). 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), The General Reader and the Academy: Medieval French Literature and Penguin Classics (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and The Bristol Merlin: Revealing the Hidden Secrets of a Medieval Fragment (ARC Humanities Press, forthcoming 2021). 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in the early-modern period, with a monograph on the subject due for publication in 2022/23 with DeGruyter entitled Unpublished: Medieval Literature and the Early-Modern Publisher

    Research supervision

    Leah is able to supervise research postgraduates in the following areas: Arthurian Literature (French and English) with a focus on manuscript studies; 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 medieval literature, trans-historical Arthurian literature, publishing and digital studies. At postgraduate level, she teaches on material and digital cultures of literature.

    Current Affiliations

    Immediate Past President - International Arthurian Society British Branch

    International Secretary - International Courtly Literature Society

    Fellow - Royal Historical 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

    Associate Editor - Cambridge University Press series 'Elements in Publishing and Book Culture'


    Office: 3-5 Woodland Road, B15

    Tel: +44 (0) 117 42 84496



    External positions

    External Examiner - English (Medieval/Early-Modern), University of Lincoln

    1 Sep 2021 → …

    External Examiner - Publishing, University College London

    1 Feb 2019 → …

    External Examiner - Publishing, Bath Spa University

    1 Sep 20151 Nov 2019

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    • Centre for Medieval Studies


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