Dr Martin Heale PhD (Cantab), FRHS

Reader in Medieval History History


    Reformation Studies and the Dissolution of the Monasteries

    My current research projects focus on the suppression of English monasteries by Henry VIII in the 1530s, and on Protestant responses to the monastic ideal in early modern England.

    Monastic Superiors and High-Ranking Ecclesiastics in Medieval and Reformation Britain

    I have published two books on this theme: an OUP monograph on 'The Abbots and Priors of Late Medieval and Reformation England' (2016), and an edited collection of essays, published by York Medieval Press, on 'The Prelate in England and Europe, 1300-1560' (2015). I am still actively researching monastic superiors - including recent or ongoing work on the prior in late medieval England, retired abbots, and the genre of 'gesta abbatum'.

    Monasteries and Society in Late Medieval and Reformation England

    I have published widely on this theme. Recent and ongoing projects include an article on the relationship between monasteries and urban guilds, and the depiction of the religious orders in the writings of John Gower and late medieval Robin Hood ballads.

    Research Grants

    Huntington Library Fellowship


    August 2011

    The monastic superior in late medieval England.


    January 2005 - September 2006

    The Abbot in Late Medieval and Reformation England


    February 2011 - September 2012