William Doyle (historian)

William Doyle, FBA (born 1942) is a British historian, specialising in 18th-century France, who is most notable for his one-volume Oxford History of the French Revolution (1st edition, 1989; 2nd edition, 2002; 3rd edition, 2018).[1]

He is one of the leading revisionist historians of the French Revolution, obtaining his doctorate from the University of Oxford with a thesis entitled The parlementaires of Bordeaux at the end of the eighteenth century, 1775-1790.[2]

He is also professor emeritus of history at Bristol University,[3] a fellow of the British Academy[4] and a trustee of The Society for the Study of French History.

Published worksEdit

  • The Old European Order 1660-1800 (Oxford University Press, 1978)
  • Origins of the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1980; 3rd edition, 1992)
  • The Ancien Regime (Macmillan, 1986)
  • The Oxford History of the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1989; second edition, 2002; third edition, 2018)
  • Venality: the Sale of Offices in Eighteenth-Century France (Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • Jansenism: Catholic Resistance to Authority from the Reformation to the French Revolution (Macmillan, 1999)
  • The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Aristocracy and Its Enemies in the Age of Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2009)


  1. ^ Reid, Harry (22 July 1989). "Pageants of horror". Glasgow Herald. p. 20. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:cbd9ce09-af85-4070-8293-f18523ec0e8c
  3. ^ University of Bristol. "University of Bristol". Directory of Experts. University of Bristol. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  4. ^ The British Academy. The British Academy. The British Academy https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/fellows/william-doyle-FBA. Missing or empty |title= (help)