Ben Nilson

Department Head, Associate Professor

Office: ART 314
Phone: 250.807.9327

Research Summary

Popular religion and social history of the Middle Ages.

Courses & Teaching

History of Medieval Europe; early modern England. Specifically: HIST 110 Survey of the Ancient World; HIST 119 Medieval Europe; HIST 201 Religion in the West; HIST 325 Europe in 1215; HIST 324 Tudor England, 1485-1603; HIST 344 Stuart England, 1603-1714; HIST 413 Reformation Europe; HIST 414 Medieval England


PhD, History, University of Cambridge, UK
MA, Medieval Studies, University of York, UK
BA, History (Honours), University of Victoria

Research Interests & Projects

I am in the process of writing a large book on the social and religious information that can be obtained from all the miracle stories associated with English medieval saints.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Nilson, Ben and Ruth Frost. “Attitudes to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postnatal Complications in Medieval English Miracula.” Gender & History (2023): 1-18. Published online 02 October 2023.

“The Medieval Experience at the Shrine.” In Pilgrimage Explored, edited by J. Stopford. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 1999.

“The Archiepiscopal Indulgences for the City of York 1450-1500.” Edited with R.H.Frost. In The Church in Medieval York: Records edited in honour of Professor Barrie Dobson, edited by David M. Smith, 113-22. Borthwick Texts and Calendars 24. York: University of York, 1999

Cathedral Shrines of Medieval England. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 1998.

“A Re-interpretation of the St William Window in York Minster.” Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 68 (1996): 157-79.

Selected Grants & Awards

Curricular Innovation Award, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences, UBC Okanagan, 2012


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