Beryl Smalley

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Beryl Smalley, FBA (3 June 1905–6 April 1984) was a British historian and academic. She is best known for her work, The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, originally published around 1940, but revised many times.

She was a tutor in History (1943 to 1969) and vice-principal (1957 to 1969) of St Hilda's College, Oxford.[1] One of her more notable pupils was the internationally respected historian on mid-Tudor England, Jennifer Loach, a Tutorial Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford.[2]


In 1963, Smalley was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[1] In 1985, a Festschrift was published in her honour. It was titled Bible in the medieval world: essays in memory of Beryl Smalley and it was edited by Katherine Walsh and Diana Wood.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, 1940 (3rd ed. 1983)
  • Historians in the Middle Ages, 1974, Thames and Hudson, ISBN 0-684-14121-3
  • The Becket Conflict and the Schools: a Study of Intellectuals in Politics in the Twelfth Century, 1973
  • The Gospels in the Schools, c. 1100 – c. 12801985
  • Studies in Medieval Thought and Learning from Abelard to Wyclif
  • English friars and antiquity in the early fourteenth century, 1960
  • Exempla in the commentaries of Stephen Langton, 1933
  • Medieval exegesis of wisdom literature : essays by Beryl Smalley; edited by Roland E. Murphy. 1986
  • Studies in medieval thought and learning : from Abelard to Wyclif, 1981


  1. ^ a b "SMALLEY, Beryl". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Jennifer Loach - obituary". The Times. 5 May 1995. 
  3. ^ Walsh, Katherine; Wood, Diana, eds. (1985). The Bible in the Medieval World: Essays in Memory of Beryl Smalley. Oxford: Ecclesiastical History Society. ISBN 978-0631142751.