Associate, Director of Studies for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies
Dr Ali Bonner is a lecturer in Celtic History in the Department of Anglo Saxon, Norse, and Celtic.
After reading for a degree in Classics at Oxford I worked in television for 15 years, before studying Anglo Saxon, Norse, and Celtic in Cambridge, where I gained my PhD in that department, working on the manuscript transmission of Pelagius’ Letter to Demetrias. I was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-15 and am preparing a critical edition of Pelagius’ Letter to Demetrias, for which I am studying the 140 odd manuscripts held across Europe. My research has focused on Pelagius and Faustus of Riez, two British authors of the fifth century who wrote in Latin; overall my interest lies in British history from the fifth century to the Conquest. I have published on St Patrick and Pelagius, and the manuscript transmission of Pelagius’ works. I teach Celtic history, as well as Latin and Medieval Welsh; further areas of expertise lie in palaeography and textual criticism. I am currently completing a book, The myth of Pelagianism, which will be published by the British Academy.