Nigel Saul (born 1952) is a British academic who was formerly the Head of the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). He retired in 2015 and is now Emeritus Professor. He is recognised as one of the leading experts in the history of medieval England.
Saul has written numerous books including Knights and Esquires, The Gloucestershire Gentry in the Fourteenth Century (Oxford, 1981), and The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval England (Oxford, 1997). His major biography Richard II (Yale, 1997) was the product of ten years' work and was acclaimed by P. D. James as "unlikely to be surpassed in scholarship, comprehensiveness, or in the biographer's insight into his subject's character". More recently he has written about the history of church monuments, and his English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages. History and Representation (Oxford, 2009) represents a major attempt to interpret church monuments in their historical context.
Prof. Saul has served as Honorary President of the college's Conservative Future Society.
- For Honour and Fame: Chivalry in England 1066-1500 (London, 2011)
- English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages. History and Representation (Oxford, 2009)
- The Three Richards (Hambledon and London, 2005)
- Death, Art and Memory in Medieval England. The Cobham Family and their Monuments 1300-1500 (Oxford, 2001)
- Richard II (New Haven and London, 1997)
- "Richard II and the Vocabulary of Kingship", English Historical Review, cx (1995)
- Scenes From Provincial Life. Knightly Families in Sussex 1280-1400 (Oxford, 1986)
- Knights and Esquires. The Gloucestershire Gentry in the Fourteenth Century (Oxford, 1981)
- "The Three Richards: Richard I, Richard II and Richard III: Nigel Saul: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
- "A Companion to Medieval England 1066-1485 (Paperback)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
- "Richard II and the Crisis of Authority". BBC. 2001-07-01. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
- Page on Nigel Saul at the RHUL History Department website
- Article by Nigel Saul on Richard II and the Crisis of Authority at the BBC British History website