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The Chadwicks turned their home into a literary salon, a tradition which Mrs. Chadwick maintained after the death of her husband in 1947.
Most of her life was spent on research, in her later years primarily on the Celts. She was University Lecturer in the Early History and Culture of the British Isles at the University of Cambridge from 1950 to 1958. She received honorary degrees from the University of Wales, the National University of Ireland and the University of St Andrews, and was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1961.
The Chadwicks took an interdisciplinary approach and wrote on many topics; they demonstrated influentially the study of multiple "early cultures of north-west Europe" and brought comparative evidence to bear on heroic literature. Nora Chadwick is best known for her work on the Celts, particularly on the earliest period.
Nora Chadwick died in Cambridge; she left a sum to the University of Cambridge to endow a readership in Celtic Studies.
She published the first full english translation of Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks together with other sagas and ballads in Stories and Ballads of the Far Past (1921), as well as a translation of the poem Hlöðskviða found within Heidrik's saga.
With her husband, she published three volume work The Growth of Literature between 1932-40.
The Ancient Literatures of Europe, I, 1932
Russian Oral Literature, Yugoslav Oral Poetry, Early Indian Literature, Early Hebrew Literature, II, 1936
The Oral Literature of the Tatars and Polynesia, etc., III, 1940
She also wrote The Beginnings of Russian History, an enquiry into sources (1946).
Chadwick collaborated with V. M. Zhirmunsky on a revision of the part of volume III that deals with epic poetry in Central Asian languages. The revised text was published separately in 1969 as Oral Epics of Central Asia.
In 1955 she published Poetry and Letters in early Christian Gaul.
^ abLöffler, Marion (2006). "Chadwick, H.M. and Nora K.". In Koch, John T. (ed.). Celtic Culture: A-Celti. Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. 2. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. pp. 397-98. ISBN9781851094400.