J. M. Wallace-Hadrill

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John Michael Wallace-Hadrill

Born29 September 1916
Died3 November 1985
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
EraMiddle Ages
Sub-disciplineMedieval History
Main interestsMerovingian period

John Michael Wallace-Hadrill, CBE, FBA, FRHistS (29 September 1916 – 3 November 1985) was a senior academic and one of the foremost historians of the early Merovingian period.

Wallace-Hadrill was born on 29 September 1916 in Bromsgrove, where his father was a master at Bromsgrove School.[1] He was Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of Manchester between 1955 and 1961. He then became a Senior Research Fellow of Merton College in the University of Oxford (where he held the office of Sub-Warden) from 1961 till 1974.[2] He was Chichele Professor of Modern History at Oxford from 1974 to 1983 and, between 1974 and 1985, a Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.

He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1969 and delivered the Ford Lectures in 1971. He was a Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society between 1973 and 1976. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1982. He is the father of the Roman historian Andrew Wallace-Hadrill and the brother of church historian, D.S. Wallace-Hadrill.[3]


  • The Barbarian West, 400–1000 (1952).
  • The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar with Its Continuations (1960).
  • The Long-haired Kings (London, 1962).
  • Early Germanic Kingship in England and the Continent (Oxford, 1971).
  • Early Medieval history (1976).
  • The Frankish Church (1983).
  • Ideal and reality in Frankish and Anglo-Saxon society: studies presented to J.M. Wallace-Hadrill (1983).
  • Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People: A Historical Commentary (Oxford, 1988).



  1. ^ Marshall 2005
  2. ^ Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900–1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 372.
  3. ^ Wallace-Hadrill, D.S. (1982). Christian Antioch:a Study of early Christian thought in the East. London: Cambridge University Press. "Forward" p. vii. ISBN 0521234255.


  • Marshall, P.J., ed. (2005). "John Michael Wallace-Hadrill". Proceedings of the British Academy. 124 (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows III).
  • Leyser, Karl (July 1986). "John Michael Wallace-Hadrill, (1916-85)". The English Historical Review. Oxford University Press. 101 (400): 561–563. doi:10.1093/ehr/CI.CCCC.561. JSTOR 571476.
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by President of the Lancashire Parish Register Society
Succeeded by