J. M. Wallace-Hadrill
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J. M. Wallace-Hadrill

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, (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 President of the Royal Historical Society for four years, between 1976 and 1980. 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
Christopher Robert Cheney
President of the Lancashire Parish Register Society
Succeeded by
John Smith Roskell

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