Christine Carpenter (historian)

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Christine Carpenter
Born (1946-12-07) 7 December 1946 (age 69)
Oxford, England
Nationality English
Fields Medieval English History, Higher Education
Institutions Cambridge University
Alma mater Newnham College, Cambridge
Known for Professor of English History, Author, Lecturer, Educator
Notable awards Ford Lecturer

Mary Christine Carpenter, (born 1946 in Oxford, England)[1] is Professor of Medieval English History at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. In June 2012, Professor Carpenter was selected to give Ford Lectures in Oxford, England in the 2015-2016 academic year, joining prestigious past and present Cambridge "Fordians" John Brewer, Peter Clarke, John Morrill, Quentin Skinner, and others.[2]


Newnham College part of Cambridge University, with a view of Pfeiffer Arch and the Old Hall building.

Carpenter received her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Newnham College, Cambridge.[3] She is author and editor of a number of English history books and papers.[4]

Carpenter's research interests focus on the political and constitutional history of England from 1066 to ca. 1500, and in the political, social, economic, religious and cultural history of noble and gentry landowners in that period.[3][4]

Carpenter supervises graduate work on government, politics and landed society from ca. 1250 to 1500 and at the undergraduate level she teaches all aspects of English history from ca. 1050 to 1500.[4]

Carpenter is the Director of an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project to complete the calendaring of the 15th century Inquisition post mortems, and one of the editors of the Cambridge University Press Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, in addition to serving on other editorial committees.[4]

In June 2012, Professor Carpenter was selected to give Ford Lectures in Oxford, England in the 2015-2016 academic year.[2]


  • Freelance Tutor and Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, 1976-1979
  • Fellow and College Lecturer, New Hall, 1979-2005
  • University Assistant Lecturer, 1983-1988,
  • University Lecturer, 1988-1995
  • Reader in Medieval English History, 1995-2005
  • Professor of Medieval English History, 2005 – present

Books and other works[edit]

A depiction of an English woman c. 1170 using a spindle and distaff, while caring for a young child.
  • Locality and Polity: A Study of Warwickshire Landed Society 1401-1499 (1992) (winner of the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize for 1992)
  • Updated version of Kingsford's edition of The Stonor Letters and Papers 1290-1483 (1996)
  • The Wars of the Roses: Politics and the Constitution c. 1437-1509 (1997)
  • The Armburgh Papers (1998), an edition of the largest collection of 15th Century gentry letters discovered since the 19th Century
  • Political Culture in Late Medieval Britain (2004), as co-editor with Linda Clark and author of the introduction
  • A New Constitutional History of Late-Medieval England, 1215-1509, in preparation.
  • Numerous articles and chapters in edited books
  • Wisdom and Chivalry: Chaucer's Knight's Tale and Medieval Political Theory (2008) by S. H. Rigby. Reviewer: Professor Christine Carpenter, University of Cambridge.

Honours and awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Debrett's Limited: "Prof Christine Carpenter", Debrett's People of Today,, accessed 7 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b University of Cambridge: "An Oxford Triple for Cambridge Historians", Faculty of History News, 1 June 2012,, accessed 7 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b Francis Holland School: Brief CVs of Governors, September 2012,, accessed 7 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Cambridge University Faculty of History: Professor Christine Carpenter, accessed 7 September 2012.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Rosamond McKitterick
Professor of Medieval History, University of Cambridge
Succeeded by