Professor Gordon Campbell FBA

Renaissance & seventeenth century English literature, especially John Milton; ancient & modern European literatures; cultural history, especially art, architecture, garden history, legal history & Biblical studies; the contemporary Islamic world

Elected 2011

Gordon Campbell is Fellow in Renaissance Studies at University of Leicester, where he has worked since 1979. From 2011 to 2017 he served as lead historian for the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC. His previous posts were lectureships at University of Liverpool and Aarhus University. He has also worked in various capacities for HM Government. Professor Campbell is a Renaissance and seventeenth-century specialist with a particular interest in John Milton. Broader interests in cultural history on which he publishes include art, architecture, Biblical studies, classical antiquity, garden history, legal history, historical theology and the Islamic world. He holds the degrees of DPhil and DLitt from University of York, and honorary doctorates from Bucharest University and University of Leicester; he was honoured with a Festschrift in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Linnean Society, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society; He is also an Honorary Fellow (and past president) of the English Association and a Corresponding Fellow of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Professor Campbell has made professional visits to more than 70 countries, and has travelled with scholarly intent in many others.

Current post

Fellow in Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester


Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art 3 vols, 2009

John Milton: Life, Work and Thought 2008 (with Thomas Corns)

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture 2 vols, 2007

Milton and the manuscript of ‘De Doctrina Christiana’ 2007 (with Thomas Corns, John Hale and Fiona Tweedie)

Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts 2 vols, 2006

The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance 2003

The Holy Bible: Quatercentenary Edition 2010

Bible: the Story of the King James Version 1611-2011 2010

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