James Campbell (historian)

James Campbell, FBA (26 January 1935 – 31 May 2016) was a British historian with a particular interest in the Medieval period and Anglo-Saxon studies. Although he never published a book himself, he was co-editor of The Anglo-Saxons, a collection of essays on Anglo-Saxon Britain, for which he wrote about the 4th to 7th centuries.

BiographyEdit

Campbell was born in Cheltenham on 26 January 1935.[1][2] His birth father, John Henry Mogg was a teacher and his mother Barbara Hilda Brown was also a teacher and member of the Communist Party. After a period in foster care he was adopted by his maternal grandparents in 1938.[3]

He studied at Lowestoft Grammar School, where he found an interest in history. He took early entry to Magdelen College, Oxford, at the age of 17 and graduated with a first in 1955.[3] By 1957, at the age of 22, he became a fellow at Worcester College, University of Oxford,[4] where he served as the University's Senior Proctor for 1973-74.[2] He remained at Worcester College until his retirement in 2002.[3] Campbell's particular interest in the Medieval period and Anglo-Saxon studies.[5] Although he never published a book himself,[3] Campbell was the editor of The Anglo-Saxons (1982), a collection of essays on Anglo-Saxon England, for which he wrote the section on the period from AD 350 to 660.[6]

He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 1984.[7] In the 1980's Campbell settled in Witney. At the age of 71, he married Dr Bӓrbel Brodt on 7 October 2006, although he was devastated by her death in October 2015. He died at his home on 31 May 2016.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CAMPBELL, James. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc; online edn. November 2015, Oxford University Press. 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Professor James Campbell passed away yesterday". Worcester College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Maddicott, J. R. (9 January 2020). "Campbell, James (1935–2016)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  4. ^ "James Campbell". Oxford, England: University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Interview with James Campbell". Cambridge, England: University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ Gillingham, John (17 November 1983). "John Gillingham reviews 'The Anglo-Saxons' edited by James Campbell, 'Anglo-Saxon Art' by C.R. Dodwell, 'Anglo-Saxon Poetry' edited by S.A.J. Bradley, 'The Anglo-Saxon World' edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland and 'The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles' by Anne Savage". London Review of Books. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Directory of Fellows - C". The British Academy. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.