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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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A. J. P. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 84 (1906-1990)
Alan John Percivale "A. J. P." Taylor FBA was an English historian who specialised in 19th- and 20th-century European diplomacy. Both a journalist and a broadcaster, he became well ...more
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Alexis Korner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 56 (1928-1984)
Alexis Korner was a British blues musician and radio broadcaster, who has sometimes been referred to as "a founding father of British blues". A major influence on the sound of the ...more
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Andrew Roberts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 56
Andrew Roberts, F.R.S.A., F.R.S.L, is a British historian and journalist. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. His public commentary has appeared ...more
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Angus Calder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 66 (1942-2008)
Angus Lindsay Ritchie Calder was a Scottish academic, writer, historian, educator and literary editor with a background in English literature, politics and cultural studies.
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Anthony Cave Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)
Anthony Cave Brown was an English-American journalist, espionage non-fiction writer and historian.
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Basil Davidson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Historians from England
Basil Davidson Dec. at 96 (1914-2010)
Basil Risbridger Davidson MC was a British historian, writer and Africanist, particularly knowledgeable on the subject of Portuguese Africa prior to the 1974 Carnation Revolution. He wrote ...more
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Bernard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 102
Bernard Lewis, FBA is a British-American historian specializing in oriental studies. He is also known as a public intellectual and political commentator. Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge ...more
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Christopher Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Historians from England
Christopher Hill Dec. at 91 (1912-2003)
John Edward Christopher Hill — known as Christopher Hill — was an English Marxist historian and author of textbooks.
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David Abulafia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Historians from England
David Abulafia age 69
David Abulafia, FBA is an influential English historian with a particular interest in Italy, Spain and the rest of the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He has been Professor ...more
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David Cesarani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 63
David Cesarani OBE is an English historian who specialises in Jewish history, especially the Holocaust. He has also written several biographies, notably Arthur Koestler: The Homeless Mind.
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David Eltis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Historians from England
David Eltis
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David Irving is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 80
David John Cawdell Irving is an English Holocaust denier and author who has written many books on the military and political history of WWII, with a focus on Nazi Germany. Irving's reputation as ...more
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David Kynaston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Historians from England
David Kynaston age 67
David Kynaston is an English historian specializing in the social history of England.
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David Starkey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 74
David Starkey CBE FSA FRHistS is a British constitutional historian and a radio and television presenter. Born the only child of Quaker parents, he attended Kendal Grammar School before studying ...more
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Dominic Sandbrook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 45
Dominic Sandbrook is a British historian and author.
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E. P. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 69 (1924-1993)
Edward Palmer "E. P." Thompson was a British historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is probably best known today for his historical work on the British radical movements ...more
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Edward Gibbon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 57 (1737-1794)
Edward Gibbon was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and ...more
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Emma Georgina Rothschild is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Historians from England
age 70
Emma Georgina Rothschild, CMG is a British economic historian who is a Professor of History at Harvard University. She is also the director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics at ...more
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F. M. Powicke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 84 (1879-1963)
Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke was an English medieval historian. He was a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, a professor at Belfast and Manchester, and from 1928 until his retirement Regius ...more
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Frederic William Maitland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 56 (1850-1906)
Frederic William Maitland was an English jurist and historian, generally regarded as the modern father of English legal history.
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Frederick Copleston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 87 (1907-1994)
Frederick Charles Copleston, SJ, CBE was a Jesuit priest, philosopher, and historian of philosophy, best known for his influential multi-volume History of Philosophy.
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Frederick York Powell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 54 (1850-1904)
Frederick York Powell, was an English historian and scholar.
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G. M. Trevelyan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 86 (1876-1962)
George Macaulay Trevelyan, OM, CBE, FRS, FBA, was a British historian. Trevelyan was the third son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, and great-nephew of Thomas Babington Macaulay, whose ...more
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George Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Historians from England
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)
George Dangerfield was an English-American journalist, historian, and the literary editor of Vanity Fair from 1933 to 1935. He is known primarily for his book The Strange Death of Liberal ...more
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George Malcolm Young is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Historians from England
George Malcolm Young Dec. at 77 (1882-1959)
George Malcolm Young was an English historian, most famous for his long essay on Victorian times in England, Portrait of an Age.