Barbara Yorke

Barbara Yorke FRHistS (born 1951) is a historian of Anglo-Saxon England, specialising in many subtopics, including 19th-century Anglo-Saxonism.[1]

Barbara Yorke

OccupationEmeritus Professor
Known for
  • Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England
  • The Anglo-Saxons
  • The Conversion of Britain: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 600-800
Academic background
Alma materExeter University (BA, PhD)
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Winchester


Yorke studied history and archaeology at Exeter University, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and her Ph.D. She is currently emeritus professor of early Medieval history at the University of Winchester, and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is an honorary professor of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, and presented "King Alfred and the traditions of Anglo-Saxon kingship" at the 2011 Toller Lecture.[2]

Yorke's publications include:

  • Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England. London, Seaby, 1990. ISBN 1-85264-027-8
  • Wessex in the Early Middle Ages. Continuum International, 1995. ISBN 978-0-7185-1856-1
  • Bishop Aethelwold: His Career and Influence. The Boydell Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0-85115-705-4
  • The Anglo-Saxons. Sutton, 1999. ISBN 978-0-7509-2220-3
  • Nunneries and the Anglo-Saxon Royal Houses. Continuum International, 2003. ISBN 0-8264-6040-2
  • The Conversion of Britain: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 600-800. Longman, 2006. ISBN 0-582-77292-3


  1. ^ "Who was King Alfred the Great?". BBC History. 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ "The Toller Lecture". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 20 November 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2010.

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