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Rosamond Deborah McKitterick (born 31 May 1949) is a British medieval historian, whose work focuses on the Frankish kingdoms in the 8th and 9th centuries, using palaeographical and manuscript studies to illuminate aspects of the political, cultural, intellectual, religious and social history of the early Middle Ages. From 1999 until 2016 she was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cambridge.

Rosamond Deborah McKitterick
Born (1949-05-31) 31 May 1949 (age 68)
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Scientific career
Fields Medieval history
Institutions Newnham College, Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge


Early lifeEdit

McKitterick was born Rosamond Pierce in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, on 31 May 1949. From 1951 to 1956 she lived in Cambridge, England, where her father had a position at Magdalene College. In 1956 she moved with her family to Western Australia where she completed primary and secondary school and completed an honours degree at the University of Western Australia. She holds the degrees of M.A., Ph.D., and Litt.D.

Academic careerEdit

In 1971 she returned to Cambridge University to pursue her career. She was a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and then became a Professorial Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.

Personal lifeEdit

She married David John McKitterick, Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] in 1976 and they have one daughter.[2]


She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts).[3]

Selected booksEdit

  • The Frankish Church and the Carolingian Reforms, 789-895 (1977)
  • The Frankish Kingdoms under the Carolingians, 751-987 (1983)
  • The Carolingians and the Written Word (1989)
  • Books, Scribes and Learning in the Frankish Kingdoms, 6th to 9th Centuries. (Collected Studies; 452.) Aldershot: Variorum, (1994)
  • The Frankish Kings and Culture in the Early Middle Ages (1995)
  • History and Memory in the Carolingian World (2004)
  • Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2006)
  • Charlemagne: the formation of a European identity (2008)
Books as editor
  • (ed.) The Uses of Literacy in Early Medieval Europe (1990)
  • (ed.) Carolingian Culture: emulation and innovation (1994)
  • (ed.) The New Cambridge Medieval History, II: c.700 - c.900 (1995)
  • (ed., with Roland Quinault) Edward Gibbon and Empire Cambridge University Press (1997)
  • (ed.) The Early Middle Ages, 400-1000 (2001)
  • (ed.) Atlas of the Medieval World (2004)


  1. ^ Web page at Trinity College
  2. ^ Who's Who; 2009
  3. ^ Biographical Details at Sidney Sussex
Academic offices
Preceded by
Barrie Dobson
Professor of Medieval History, University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Christine Carpenter