Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Director, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
471 Hamilton Hall
Curriculum Vitae


BA University of London, 1987
PhD University of London, 1991

Research Interests

Marcus Bull’s research focuses on the narratology of historical texts from the central medieval period to the sixteenth century, an interest that informs his most recent book: Eyewitness and Crusade Narrative: Perception and Narration in Accounts of the Second, Third and Fourth Crusades (Boydell and Brewer, 2018). He is currently engaged in two book projects: a study of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, with particular reference to the ways in which its representations in word and image sought to capture what participants were believed to have experienced in person; and an exploration of experience, memory, the play of social scripts and self-construction in the memoirs of Pierre de Bourdeille, better known as Brantôme.

Some Notable Publications

  • Co-editor, Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century, Proceedings of the British Academy 170, (Oxford University Press: London, 2011)
  • Thinking Medieval: An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (Basingstoke, 2005)
  • France in the Central Middle Ages 900–1200 (Oxford University Press, 2002) in the Short Oxford History of France series
  • The Miracles of Our Lady of Rocamadour: Analysis and Translation (Woodbridge, 1999)
  • Knightly Piety and the Lay Response to the First Crusade: The Limousin and Gascony c.970–c.1130 (Oxford University Press, 1993)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 89—History and Myth in Film
  • HIST 107—Introduction to Medieval History
  • HIST 392—The First Crusade
  • HIST 434—Medieval England
  • HIST 437—Aristocratic Culture in the Central Middle Ages
  • HIST 438—Medieval Masculinities
  • HIST 701—Introduction to Medieval Studies
  • HIST 890—Historiography and Narrative