Edward James (historian)

Edward Frederick James (born 14 May 1947) is a British scholar of medieval history and science fiction.[1] He is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at University College, Dublin.


James was born in Solihull, Warwickshire.[1] He received a BA in 1968, and a DPhil in 1975.[citation needed] He began teaching in 1970 at University College, Dublin.[1]

He was a lecturer at the Department of Medieval History in University College Dublin from 1970 to 1978. He was a lecturer in early medieval history at the Department of History, University of York, 1978 to 1995, as well as Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York from 1990 to 1995.

He was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Reading from 1995 to 2004 and was a Director of the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, 1999–2001. He retired in 2012.

Personal lifeEdit

James married his fellow academic, Farah Mendlesohn in 2001.[1]

Selected worksEdit

  • Visigothic Spain: New Approaches. Edited by James. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1980. (ISBN 0-198-22543-1)
  • The Origins of France: From Clovis to the Capetians, 500–1000. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1982. ISBN 0-312-58862-3.
  • The Franks. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1988. ISBN 0-631-14872-8.
  • The Profession of Science Fiction: SF Writers on their Craft and Ideas. Edited by Maxim Jakubowski and James; foreword by Arthur C. Clarke. Insights series. Macmillan UK, 1992. ISBN 0-333-52482-9.[2] New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992. (ISBN 0-312-08047-6.[a]
  • Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. ISBN 0-192-19263-9)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. Edited by James and Farah Mendlesohn. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-521-81626-2.
  • Britain in the First Millennium. London: Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-340-58688-5.
  • Europe's Barbarians, AD 200–600. Harlow, England: Pearson Longman, 2009. ISBN 0-582-77296-6.
  • A Short History of Fantasy. Farah Mendlesohn and James. London: Middlesex University Press, 2009. ISBN 1-904-75068-0.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature. Edited by James and Farah Mendlesohn. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 0-521-42959-5.


  1. ^ ISFDB catalogues a series, The Profession of Science Fiction, comprising 65 articles published from 1972 to 2007 in Foundation, the review James edited 1986 to 2001. Numbers 1 to 42 were published by 1990, number 43 in 1992. The articles are classified as essays (58, perhaps all by different writers), short fiction (one dated 1987), and interviews (six, all after 1992).[3] ISFDB does not catalogue the contents of the 1992 book.


  1. ^ a b c d "James, Edward". Revised 23 October 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (sf-encyclopedia.com). Retrieved 2015-03-26. Entry by 'JC/DRL', John Clute and David Langford.
  2. ^ "Bibliography: The Profession of Science Fiction" (1992 book). ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  3. ^ "The Profession of Science Fiction – Series Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-03-26. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.

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