William Doyle (historian)

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William Doyle, FBA (born 1942) is an English historian, specialising in 18th-century France, who is most notable for his one-volume Oxford History of the French Revolution (1989).[1]

He is one of the leading revisionist historians of the French Revolution, obtaining his doctorate from the University of Oxford with a thesis entitled The parlementaires of Bordeaux at the end of the eighteenth century, 1775-1790.

He is also professor of history at Bristol University, a fellow of the British Academy and a trustee of The Society for the Study of French History.

Published works[edit]

  • The Old European Order 1660-1800 (Oxford University Press, 1978)
  • Origins of the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1980; 3rd edition, 1992)
  • The Ancien Regime (Macmillan, 1986)
  • The Oxford History of the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1989; second edition, 2002)
  • Venality: the Sale of Offices in Eighteenth-Century France (Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • Jansenism: Catholic Resistance to Authority from the Reformation to the French Revolution (Macmillan, 1999)
  • The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Aristocracy and Its Enemies in the Age of Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • A Soldier's Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq (Penguin, 2011)


  1. ^ Reid, Harry (22 July 1989). "Pageants of horror". Glasgow Herald. p. 20. Retrieved 22 December 2010.