Francis Robin Houssemayne Du Boulay
|Professor F.R.H. Du Boulay|
Robin Du Boulay, July 2003
|Native name||Francis Robin Houssemayne Du Boulay|
|Born||19 December 1920|
|Died||2 January 2008|
|Main interests||Medieval Kent; Medieval Germany|
|Notable works||An Age of Ambition (1970); Germany in the Later Middle Ages (1983); The England of Piers Plowman|
|Influenced||R. W. Southern|
Known as Robin Du Boulay, he was born at Chislehurst on 19 December 1920. He lived in Alexandria, Egypt, until he was 8 years old, where his father worked. He then gained a place at Christ’s Hospital, and was subsequently awarded an exhibition to read history at Balliol College, Oxford.
His undergraduate studies were interrupted by the Second World War, and he was commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1943, but he returned to Balliol in 1945 and graduated with First Class honours in history in 1947.
He is the author of multiple works including:
- The Lordship of Canterbury (1966);
- An Age of Ambition (1970);
- Germany in the Later Middle Ages (1983);
- The England of Piers Plowman (1991); and
- Servants of Empire (2011 - published posthumously).