Frank Barlow (historian)

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Frank Barlow CBE FBA FRSL (19 April 1911 – 27 June 2009[1]) was an English historian, known particularly for biographies of medieval figures.

Academic life[edit]

Barlow studied at St John's College, Oxford. He was Professor of History at the University of Exeter from 1953 until he retired in 1976 and became Emeritus Professor.[2] He was a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature,[3] and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours "for services to the study of English medieval history".[4]


  • The Feudal Kingdom of England (1955)
  • The Life of King Edward Who Rests at Westminster (1962, 2nd edition 1992), editor and translator
  • Edward the Confessor (1970, 2nd edition 1997)
  • The English Church 1066–1154 (1979)
  • The Norman Conquest and Beyond (1983)
  • William Rufus (Berkeley, CA, University of California Press, 1983)
  • Thomas Becket (1986)
  • The Carmen de Hastingae Proelio of Guy Bishop of Amiens (1999), editor and translator
  • The Godwins: The Rise and Fall of a Noble Dynasty (2002)
  • Writing Medieval Biography, 750-1250: Essays in Honour of Frank Barlow (2006), edited by David Bates, Julia Crick and Sarah Hamilton


  1. ^ "Frank Barlow (1911–2009)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/101439.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ The University of Exeter - Calendar 2007/2008 - Emeritus Professors Archived 2 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ RSL Fellows Archived 7 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "No. 51772". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1989. p. 7.

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