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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 55 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 101 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 68 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 62 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 World War II, with a focus on Nazi Germany. His works ...more

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David Kynaston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Historians from England
David Kynaston age 66 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 73 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 44 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 69 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.

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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 war games. ...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 70 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 74 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 88 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 76 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 70 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 69 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 79 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 81 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 65 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 69 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
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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 78 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