James Carley

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James Carley
James P. Carley
Occupationhistorian of English history

James P. Carley is a Canadian historian of English history and bibliographer, currently a Distinguished Research Professor at York University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.[1][2][3][4] He specializes in the history and provenance of medieval English manuscripts and the early Tudor period.

He has written about the history of Glastonbury Abbey, Tudor antiquary John Leland, sixteenth-century book culture, the foundation and early history of Lambeth Palace Library, as well as on the Arthurian legends, and the modern British novelist Lawrence Durrell.

In August 2019, Carley became the first Canadian to receive the Bibliographical Society Gold Medal from the Bibliographical Society.[5]


Carley received his B.A. in English from the University of Victoria, his M.A. in English from Dalhousie University, and his PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.


  1. ^ "James P Carley". yorku.ca. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Distinguished Research Professors". yorku.ca. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Carley, James P." worldcat.org. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Retired York University professor first Canadian to head a London livery". theglobeandmail.com. December 29, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "York University professor first Canadian to receive Bibliographical Society Gold Medal". yfile.news.yorku.ca. August 14, 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2019.