Ben Nilson

Nilson headshotDr. Ben Nilson
Associate Professor of History
The University of British Columbia
3333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1V 1V7

Office: ART 244
Phone: (250) 807-9327

Medieval England, History of Religion


  • Ph.D., History, Cambridge (1995)
  • M.A., Medieval Studies, University of York (1988)
  • B.A., History (Hons.), University of Victoria, (1986)

2012/13 Academic Year Teaching

HIST 110 Survey of the Ancient World

Survey of ancient history from the first civilizations in the Near East to the fall of Rome. Includes examinations of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. This course is intended as a basis for understanding the origins of Western civilization.

HIST 325 Europe in 1215
Examines aspects of the Middle Ages such as popular religion, the feudal system, and courtly love, and the appearance of Parliament, common law, and the university. Focuses on the eventful year 1215.

HIST 414 Medieval England

Study of selected themes in the history of England from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries. 

Recent Publications

Revised paperback printing of Cathedral Shrines, 2001. 

‘Pilgrim Piety’, in Pilgrimage Explored, ed. J. Stopford (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 1999).  

‘The Archiepiscopal Indulgences for the City of York 1450-1500’, with Ruth H. Frost, in The Church in Medieval York: Records Edited in Honour of Professor Barrie Dobson, Borthwick Texts and Calendars 26, ed. David Smith (York: University of York, 1999). 

The 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.

Current Research

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

Honors and Awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 1990-1995
  • Cambridge Overseas Research Studentships, 1990-1993  
  • Honorary Member, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, 1990
  • Richard III Prize for York (for work on Durham), 1988

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