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Famous Historians from England

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List of notable or famous historians from England, with bios and photos, including the top historians born in England and even some popular historians who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English historians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These historians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known historian from England is included when available.

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This historic historians from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English historians of note?" and "Who are the most famous historians from England?" These prominent historians of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English historians.

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George Ormerod is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Historians from England
George Ormerod Dec. at 88 (1785-1873)
George Ormerod was an English antiquary and historian. Amongst his writings was a major account of the history of Cheshire, a county in northwestern England.
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H. G. Wells is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 80 (1866-1946)
Herbert George Wells — known as H. G. Wells — was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for games. He ...more
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Heather Hurley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Historians from England
Heather Hurley
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Henrietta Leyser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Historians from England
Henrietta Leyser
Henrietta Leyser is an English historian, specialising on the history of medieval England, in particular the role of women. She is an emeritus fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford. Leyser has ...more
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Henry William Carless Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 54 (1874-1928)
Henry William Carless Davis, CBE, FBA was a British historian, editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, and Oxford Regius Professor of Modern History.
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Hugh Bicheno is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Historians from England
Hugh Bicheno age 71
Hugh Bicheno is a political risk analyst and an historian of conflict. He is best known for his revisionist interpretations of the Falklands War, in his best-selling Razor's Edge: The Unofficial ...more
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Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 89 (1914-2003)
Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper, Baron Dacre of Glanton, was a historian of early modern Britain and Nazi Germany and Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. Trevor-Roper was made a ...more
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Ian Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 75
Sir Ian Kershaw, FBA is a British historian and author whose work has chiefly focused on the social history of 20th century Germany. He is regarded by many as one of the world's leading experts ...more
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Jenni Calder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Historians from England
Jenni Calder is a Scottish literary historian, and arts establishment figure. She was formerly married to Angus Calder, and is the daughter of David Daiches. She also once ran the Edinburgh Book ...more
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John Julius Norwich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 89
John Julius Cooper, 2nd Viscount Norwich CVO, known as John Julius Norwich, is an English historian, travel writer and television personality.
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John Keegan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 78 (1934-2012)
Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan OBE FRSL was a British military historian, lecturer, writer and journalist. He was the author of many published works on the nature of combat between the 14th and ...more
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John Richard Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 46 (1837-1883)
John Richard Green was an English historian.
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John Romer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 77
John Lewis Romer is a British Egyptologist, historian and archaeologist, who has created and appeared in many TV archaeology series, including Romer's Egypt, Ancient Lives, Testament, The Seven ...more
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Jonathan Rée is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 71
Jonathan Rée is a British freelance historian and philosopher from Bradford. Educated at Sussex University and then at Oxford, Rée was previously a Professor of Philosophy at ...more
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Jonathan Sumption is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 70
Jonathan Philip Chadwick Sumption, Lord Sumption, OBE, is a British judge, author and mediaeval historian. He was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court on 11 January 2012, succeeding The ...more
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Joseph Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 62 (1854-1916)
Joseph Jacobs was an Australian folklorist, literary critic, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English Folklore. His work went on to ...more
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Kevin Brownlow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 80
Kevin Brownlow is a British film historian, television documentary-maker, filmmaker, author, and film editor. Brownlow is best known for his work documenting the history of the silent era. ...more
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Martin Andrew Sharp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Historians from England
Martin Andrew Sharp Dec. at 63 (1847-1910)
Martin Andrew Sharp was an English historian, long a resident in Spain.
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Martin Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 82
Sir Martin John Gilbert, CBE was a British historian and honorary Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford. He was the author of over eighty books, including works on the Holocaust and ...more
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Martin Lewis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 66
Martin Neil Lewis is a US-based English humorist, writer, radio/TV host, producer, and marketing strategist. He is known for his participation in a variety of projects in the arts and ...more
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Mary Anne Everett Green is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Historians from England
Mary Anne Everett Green Dec. at 77 (1818-1895)
Mary Anne Everett Green, née Wood, was an English historian. After establishing a reputation for scholarship with two multi-volume books on royal ladies and noblewomen, she was invited to ...more
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Michael Wood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 70
Michael David Wood is an English historian and broadcaster. He has presented numerous television documentary series, including Great Railway Journeys, In Search of the Trojan War, Art of the ...more
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Mike Cooper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 76
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Moses I. Finley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Historians from England
Moses I. Finley Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)
Sir Moses Immanuel Finley, FBA was an American-born, British academic and classical scholar. His prosecution by the McCarran Security Committee led to his move to England, where he became ...more
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Norman Davies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 79
Ivor Norman Richard Davies FBA, FRHistS is a British-Polish historian noted for his publications on the history of Europe, Poland and the United Kingdom. He is widely regarded as one of the ...more