Juliet Barker

Juliet R. V. Barker FRSL (born 1958) is an English historian, specialising in the Middle Ages and literary biography. She is the author of a number of well-regarded works on the Brontës, William Wordsworth, and medieval tournaments. From 1983 to 1989 she was the curator and librarian of the Bronte Parsonage Museum.[1]

Juliet Barker
SubjectWilliam Wordsworth
Medieval warfare
Medieval tournaments

Barker was educated at Bradford Girls' Grammar School and St Anne's College, Oxford, where she gained her doctorate in medieval history.[1]

A biography and summary of each book can be found on her official website, which was launched September 2009.

Selected worksEdit

  • The Brontës: Selected Poems
  • The Tournament in England: 1100–1400 (1986)[2]
  • The Brontë Yearbook
  • The Brontës (1994)
  • The Brontës: A Life in Letters (1997)
  • Charlotte Brontë: Juvenilia 1829–35
  • Wordsworth: A Life (2000)
  • Wordsworth: A Life in Letters (2002)
  • Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle (2005)[3]
  • The Deafening Sound of Silent Tears: The Story of Caring For Life (2007)
  • Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-50 (2009)[4]
  • England Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381 (2014)


  • with Richard Barber: Tournaments: Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages (1989)[5]

Honours and awardsEdit

In 1999 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Bradford.[6] She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[7] Juliet Barker was recognized as one of the youngest ever recipients of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters, awarded by the University of Bradford. Her books include "The Brontes", which won the Yorkshire Post Book Award and was short-listed for both the AT&T Non-Fiction Prize and the Marsh Biography Award, "The Brontes: A Life in Letters", Wordsworth: A Life", Wordsworth: A Life in Letters".


  1. ^ a b "Juliet Barker biography". Andrew Lownie literary agency. 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  2. ^ Woodbridge, England: The Boydell Press ISBN 0-85115-942-7
  3. ^ UK: Little, Brown ISBN 0-349-11918-X
  4. ^ London: Little, Brown
  5. ^ The Boydell Press, ISBN 0-85115-470-0
  6. ^ Swain, Harriet; Williams, Lynne (16 July 1999). "Glittering prizes". THE.
  7. ^ "All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.

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