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Famous Historians from England

Updated June 14, 2019 31.3k views69 items

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.

These people, like Winston Churchill and David Starkey include images when available.

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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    A. J. P. Taylor

    Dec. at 84 (1906-1990)

    BirthplaceBirkdale, United Kingdom

    Alan John Percivale Taylor (25 March 1906 – 7 September 1990) was a British historian who specialised in 19th- and 20th-century European diplomacy. Both a journalist and a broadcaster, he became...  more
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    Alexis Korner

    Dec. at 55 (1928-1984)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner (19 April 1928 – 1 January 1984), known professionally as Alexis Korner, was a British blues musician and radio broadcaster, who has sometimes been referred to as "a...  more
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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Andrew Roberts (born 13 January 1963) is a British historian and journalist. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, a Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting...  more
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    Angus Calder

    Dec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Angus Lindsay Ritchie Calder (5 February 1942 – 5 June 2008) was a Scottish writer, historian, and poet. Initially studying English literature, he became increasingly interested in political history...  more
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    Anthony Cave Brown (March 21, 1929 in Bath - July 14, 2006 in Warrenton, Virginia) was an English-American journalist, espionage non-fiction writer, and historian....  more
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    Basil Davidson

    Dec. at 95 (1914-2010)

    BirthplaceBristol, United Kingdom

    Basil Risbridger Davidson MC (9 November 1914 – 9 July 2010) was a British historian, writer and Africanist, particularly knowledgeable on the subject of Portuguese Africa prior to the 1974 Carnation...  more
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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Bernard Lewis, FBA (31 May 1916 – 19 May 2018) was a British American historian specializing in oriental studies. He was also known as a public intellectual and political commentator. Lewis was the...  more
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    Christopher Hill

    Dec. at 91 (1912-2003)

    BirthplaceYork, United Kingdom

    John Edward Christopher Hill (6 February 1912 – 23 February 2003) was an English Marxist historian and academic, specialising in 17th-century English history. From 1965 to 1978, he was Master of...  more
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    David Abulafia

    Age: 71
    David Abulafia, (born 12 December 1949) is an English historian with a particular interest in Italy, Spain and the rest of the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He has been...  more
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    David Cesarani (13 November 1956 – 25 October 2015) was a British historian who specialised in Jewish history, especially the Holocaust. He also wrote several biographies, including Arthur Koestler:...  more
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    David Eltis

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    BirthplaceBrentwood, United Kingdom

    David John Cawdell Irving (born 24 March 1938) is an English author and Holocaust denier who has written on the military and political history of World War II, with a focus on Nazi Germany. His...  more
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    David Kynaston

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceAldershot, United Kingdom

    David Kynaston (; born 30 July 1951 in Aldershot) is an English historian specialising in the social history of England....  more
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    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    David Robert Starkey CBE, FSA, FRHistS (born 3 January 1945) is an English constitutional historian and a radio and television presenter. Born the only child of Quaker parents, he attended Kendal...  more
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    BirthplaceBridgnorth, United Kingdom

    Dominic Christopher Sandbrook (born 2 October 1974) is a British historian, author, columnist and television presenter....  more
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    E. P. Thompson

    Dec. at 69 (1924-1993)

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Edward Palmer Thompson (3 February 1924 – 28 August 1993) was a British historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is probably best known today for his historical work on the British...  more
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    Edward Gibbon

    Dec. at 56 (1737-1794)

    BirthplacePutney, London, United Kingdom

    Edward Gibbon FRS (; 8 May 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian, writer and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was...  more
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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Emma Georgina Rothschild-Sen, CMG (born 16 May 1948) 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...  more
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    F. M. Powicke

    Dec. at 83 (1879-1963)

    BirthplaceAlnwick, United Kingdom

    Sir Frederick Maurice Powicke (16 June 1879 – 19 May 1963) was an English medieval historian. He was a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, a professor at Belfast and Manchester, and from 1928 until his...  more
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    Frederic William Maitland

    Dec. at 56 (1850-1906)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Frederic William Maitland (28 May 1850 – c. 19 December 1906) was an English historian and lawyer who is regarded as the modern father of English legal history....  more
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    Frederick Copleston

    Dec. at 86 (1907-1994)

    BirthplaceTaunton, United Kingdom

    Frederick Charles Copleston SJ (10 April 1907 – 3 February 1994) was a Jesuit priest, philosopher, and historian of philosophy, best known for his influential multi-volume A History of Philosophy...  more
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    Frederick York Powell

    Dec. at 54 (1850-1904)

    BirthplaceBloomsbury, London, England

    Frederick York Powell (1850–1904) was an English historian and scholar....  more
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    G. M. Trevelyan

    Dec. at 86 (1876-1962)

    BirthplaceWelcombe Hotel, United Kingdom

    George Macaulay Trevelyan (16 February 1876 – 21 July 1962), was a British historian and academic. He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1898 to 1903. He then spent more than twenty...  more
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    George Dangerfield

    Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

    BirthplaceNewbury, United Kingdom

    George Bubb Dangerfield (28 October 1904 in Newbury, Berkshire – 27 December 1986 in Santa Barbara, California) was an English-American journalist, historian, and the literary editor of Vanity Fair...  more
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    George Malcolm Young

    Age: 139

    BirthplaceGreenhithe, United Kingdom

    George Malcolm Young (29 April 1882 in Greenhithe, Kent – 18 November 1959 in Goring, Oxfordshire) was an English historian, most famous for his long essay on Victorian times in England, Portrait of...  more