Rosamond Joscelyne Mitchell

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Rosamond Joscelyne Mitchell (1902-1963) was an English historian, author and archivist.

She won the Royal Historical Society's Alexander Medal in 1936,[1][2] and in 1938 won the British Archaeological Association's Reginald Taylor Prize. Roberto Weiss cited her in his book Humanism in England during the Fifteenth Century[1] and she cited him in her book John Free, From Bristol to Rome in the Fifteenth Century.[3][4] After marrying Mr J. A. Leys "she chose not to seek an academic post".[1]


  • English People of the Past, with M. J. Whicher (Longmans Green, 1931)
  • Life and Adventure in Medieval Europe (Longmans Green, 1934)
  • Ye Good Olde Dayes, with Ierne L. Plunket (Methuen, 1934)
  • John Tiptoft, 1427–1470 (Longmans Green, 1938)
  • A History of the English People, with M. D. R. Leys (Longmans Green, 1950)
  • John Free, from Bristol to Rome in the fifteenth century (Longmans Green, 1955)
  • A History of London Life, with M. D. R. Leys (Longmans Green, 1958)
  • The Medieval Feast (Longmans Green, 1958)
  • The Medieval Tournament (Longmans Green, 1958)
  • A Country Doctor in the Days of Queen Anne (Longmans Green, 1959)
  • The Laurels and the Tiara: Pope Pius II, 1458–1464 (Harvill Press, 1962)
  • The Spring Voyage: The Jerusalem Pilgrimage in 1458 (John Murray, 1964)


  1. ^ a b c David Rundle. "Editor's Introduction to the fourth edition of Roberto Weiss, Humanism in England during the Fifteenth Century". Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Her Alexander Prize Essay was published as R. J. Mitchell, "English students at Padua", Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 4th ser., xix (1936), pp. 101–117.
  3. ^ R. J. Mitchell: John Free, From Bristol to Rome in the Fifteenth Century (London, 1955), p. vii.
  4. ^ To the citations in Weiss's bibliography could have been added: R. J. Mitchell, "English students at Ferrara in the fifteenth century", Italian Studies, i (1937), pp.75–82; and R. J. Mitchell, "A Renaissance Library: The Collection of John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester", The Library, xviii (1937), pp. 67–83. Her John Tiptoft (1427–1470) (London, 1938) – a now rare volume as stocks of it were destroyed during the Blitz – was positively reviewed by Cecilia Ady in Italian Studies, i (1938), pp. 177–78 (though the journal attributes the work to "Ruth J. Mitchell"); cf. E. F. Jacob, English Historical Review, liv (1939), pp. 362–63; A. Steel in History, xxiv (1939), pp. 143–45; A. L. Rowse in The Spectator, 6 May 1938, pp. 816–18; and [D. M. M. Morrah] in Times Literary Supplement, 2 July 1938, p. 445.

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  • C. H. Clough: 'In memory of Rosamund Joscelyne Mitchell', Italian Studies, 21 (1966), pp. 101-102. Abstract states: An appreciation of the work of the late Miss R. J. Mitchell (Mrs. A. Leys) has appeared in the 1964 issue of Italian Studies, 19 (1964), p. 94.
  • Probate Office: Index to Wills. LEYS, Rosamond Joscelyne, of The Leys, Ware Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset (wife of John Alan Leys) died 19 November 1963 at Broad Hinton, Wiltshire. Probate Exeter 25 February 1964 to Lloyds Bank Limited. £32905.