Michael Clanchy

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Michael T. Clanchy FBA (born November 28, 1936) is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London and Fellow of the British Academy.

He taught at the University of Glasgow, and is well known for his books, such as From Memory to Written Record (1979; revised and expanded editions 1993 and 2013: a study of the triumph of literacy in medieval England), England and its Rulers 1066-1272 (1983; revised editions 1998 and 2006) and Abelard: A Medieval Life (1997). His interests are primarily in law and government in the 12th and 13th centuries. He is Patron of the London Medieval Society.[1]

Clanchy has appeared on In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, first in 2005 regarding Abelard and Heloise,[2] second discussing Magna Carta[3] in May 2009. His work has been translated in a number of different languages, including French, German, Italian, and Norwegian.


  • 'Was Abelard Right to Deny that He Had Written a Book of Sentences?' Part 2, Controversy and Exchange in Rethinking Abelard: A Collection of Critical Essays, (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, 2014)
  • England and its Rulers, 1066-1307 (2014)
  • 'Law and Theology in Twelfth Century England: The Works of Master Vacarius (c.1115/1120-c.1200)', vol.10, Disputatio (2006)
  • ed. Letters of Abelard and Heloise (2003)
  • England and its Rulers, 1066-1272 (1998)
  • Abelard: A Medieval Life (1997)
  • Learning to Read in the Middle Ages and the Role of Mothers, Greg Books
  • Ranulf Glanvill, Tractatus de legibus et consuetudinibus regni Anglie qui Glanvilla vocatur, ed. and trans. G. Derek G. Hall with a guide to further reading by Michael T. Clanchy (Oxford, 1993)
  • 'Looking Back to the Invention of Printing', ed. D.P. Resnick, Literacy in Historical Perspective (Library of Congress, D.C., 1983)
  • England and its Rulers, 1066-1272: Foreign Lordship and National Identity (London, 1983)
  • From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 (Oxford, 1979) 2nd ed. 1993
  • 'Moderni in Education and Government in England', Speculum 58 (1975)
  • Rolls and Writs File of the Berkshire Eyre of 1248 (1974)
  • Civil Pleas of the Wiltshire Eyre, 1249 (1971)
  • 'Did Henry III have a Policy?', History, vol.53 (1968)
  • 'The Franchise of Return Writs', Trans. of Royal Historical Society, 5th series, 17 (1967)

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  1. ^ "Professor Michael Clanchy MA, PhD (Reading), FBA. Institute of Historical Research". Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003k9c7
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00k4fg7

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