Sir Frank Merry Stenton, FBA (17 May 1880 – 15 September 1967) was an English historian of Anglo-Saxon England, a professor of history at the University of Reading (1926–1946), president of the Royal Historical Society (1937–1945), Reading University's vice-chancellor (1946–1950).
Sir Frank Stenton
|Born||17 May 1880|
|Died||15 September 1967(aged 87)|
|Spouse||Doris Mary Stenton|
With Allen Mawer, Stenton wrote the second English Place-Name Society volume, The Place-Names of Buckinghamshire, published in 1925. He delivered the Ford Lectures at Oxford University in 1929. He went on to write Anglo-Saxon England, a volume of the Oxford History of England, first published in 1943 and widely considered a classic history of the period.
Stenton was a professor of history at the University of Reading (1926 – 1946), and subsequently the university's vice-chancellor (1946–1950). During his period as vice-chancellor at Reading, he presided over the university's purchase of Whiteknights Park, creating the new campus that allowed for the expansion of the university in later decades. In November 2008, it was announced that a new hall of residence to be constructed on that campus would be named Stenton Hall, in his honour. The annual Stenton Lecture, given by an eminent historian, was inaugurated at Reading University in 1967.
His wife, Doris Mary Stenton, wrote a preface to the third edition of Anglo-Saxon England, published after his death, and edited Preparatory to Anglo-Saxon England: Being the Collected Papers of Frank Merry Stenton, published in 1970. She was an historian in her own right, producing English Society in the Early Middle Ages for the Pelican History of England, and The English Woman in History (1957).
Stenton's papers, together with those of his wife Doris, Lady Stenton, their library and his coin collection are part of the special collections at Reading University.
Stenton's major publications were The First Century of English Feudalism, 1066–1166 (1932) and Anglo-Saxon England (1943). Other publications include:
- Institute of Historical Research, Summary; Royal Historical Society, 'About Us' Archived 2010-02-09 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- Northamptonshire Past and Present. Vol. 3–4. Northamptonshire Record Society. 1960. p. 181.
- Drennan, Basil St G., ed. (1970). The Keble College Centenary Register 1870–1970. Keble College, Oxford. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-85033-048-9.
- "University of Reading Bulletin (20 November 2008)" (PDF). University of Reading. p. 3. Retrieved 20 November 2008.[dead link]
- "Stenton Lecture". University of Reading, Dept. of History. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
- "No. 38161". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1947. p. 2.
- "No. 38207". The London Gazette. 13 February 1948. pp. 1035–1036.