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Raleigh Lectures on History

In 1918 (the tercentenary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s death), Sir Charles Wakefield offered the Academy a sum to form the nucleus of a ‘Raleigh Fund for History’, to support scholarly research and publication. One fruit of the endowment was the foundation of the Raleigh Lecture on History. The series rotates between medieval, early modern, and modern topics. The lecture was first delivered in 1919.

List of Raleigh Lectures on History delivered since 1960.
Click on the blue links for outputs from the lectures or event information.
(Note: the published texts of the 1965-2000 lectures, and those from 2012 onwards are available open access; the texts of the 2001-2011 lectures are not available open access.)


2018    by Joanna Bourke

2017  The Scottish Enlightenment and the Matter of Troy by Colin Kidd

2016  Stages of papal law, 385-1917, by David d’Avray (text | audio)

2015  Out of the ashes: Europe’s rebirth after the Second World War, 1945-1949, by Ian Kershaw (text | video)

2014  Rivers of blood: Illustrating violence and virtue in Russia’s early modern empire, Valerie Kivelson (text | video)

2013  Charlemagne and Europe, by Jinty Nelson (text | video)

2012  The making and breaking of states: The end of empire in India revisited, by Judith M Brown (text | audio)

2011  A Protestant or Catholic Atlantic World? Confessional Divisions and the Writing of Natural History, by Nicholas Canny (text | audio)

2010  Portable Christianity: Relics in the Medieval West (c.700-1200), by Julia M H Smith (text | summary)

2009  The History of Romantic Love in Sub-Saharan Africa: between Interest and Emotion, by Megan Vaughan (text | audio)

2008  Deities, Devils, and Dams: Elizabeth I, Dover Harbour and the Family of Love, by David Wootton (text)

2007  Byzantium and the Limits of Orthodoxy, by Averil Cameron (text)

2006  Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany, by Richard J Evans (text | text extract | audio)

2005  Mutualities and Obligations: Changing Social Relationships in Early Modern England, by Keith Wrightson (text)

2004  The Inquisition and the Renaissance, by Alexander Murray (text)

2003  'The Nation Within': British India at War 1939-1947, by C A Bayly (text | text extract | audio)

2002  'This Small Island': Britain, Size and Empire, by Linda Colley (text)

2001  Prosperity and Power in the Age of Bede and Beowulf, by J R Maddicott (text)

2000   White Masculinity: Jan Smuts, Race and the South African War, by Shula Marks (text)

1999   Thomas Carlyle and Oliver Cromwell, by Blair Worden (text)

1998  Reflections on Paganism and Christianity in Medieval Europe, by Robert Bartlett (text)

1997  Beyond Class? Social Structures and Social Perceptions in Modern England, by David Cannadine (text)

1996  Politics and Manners from Sir Robert Walpole to Sir Robert Peel, by Paul Langford (text)

1995  Maitland and Anglo-Saxon Law: Beyond Domesday Book, by Patrick Wormald (text)

1994  From Confederation to Compromise: The Austrian Experiment, 1849–1867, by R J W Evans (text)

1993  The Elizabethan Exclusion Crisis and the Elizabethan Polity, by Patrick Collinson (text)

1992  The Problem of Christianization, by P R L Brown (text)

1991  The Late Anglo-Saxon State: A Maximum View, by James Campbell (text)

1990  The Highlands and the Roots of Green Consciousness, 1750–1990, by T C Smout (text)

1989  Raleigh’s Country and the Sea, by Joyce Youings (text)

1988  From Paris to the Paraclete: The Correspondence of Abelard and Heloise, by David Luscombe (text)

1987  ‘We Must Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst’: The Prime Minister, the Cabinet and Hitler’s Germany, 1937–1939, by David Dilks (text)

1986  Ambrogio Lorenzetti: The Artist as Political Philosopher, by Quentin Skinner (text)

1985  Aula Renovata: The Carolingian Court before the Aachen Palace, by Donald Bullough (text)

1984  Core and Periphery in Modern British History, by Keith Robbins (text)

1983  The Crisis of Medieval Germany, by Karl Leyser (text)

1982  The Isthmus Repaired: The Resurgence of the English Aristocracy, 1660–1760, by John Cannon (text)

1981  Italy, Mount Athos, and Muscovy: The Three Worlds of Maximos the Greek (c.1470–1556), by Dimitri Obolensky (text)

1980  Racial Aspects of the Far Eastern War of 1941–1945, by Christopher Thorne (text)

1979  The Professions and Social Change in England, 1680–1730, by Geoffrey Holmes (text)

1978  A Carolingian Renaissance Prince: The Emperor Charles the Bald, by J M Wallace-Hadrill (text)

1977  Gladstone and Ireland, by John Vincent (text)

1976  Age and Authority in Early Modern England, by Keith Thomas (text)

1975  The End of the Anglo-Norman Realm, by J C Holt (text)

1974  Modern French History in Britain, by R C Cobb (text)

1973  Some Reflections of a Medieval Criminologist, by Ralph B Pugh (text)

1972  The Discovery of America and the Discovery of Man, by J H Elliott (text)

1971  Sincerity and Insincerity in Charles James Fox, by Herbert Butterfield (text)

1970  The Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes, by J N L Myres (text)

1969  Japan and the West in the Mid Nineteenth Century: Nationalism and the Origins of the Modern State, by W G Beasley (text)

1968  Reform by Statute: Thomas Starkey’s Dialogue and Thomas Cromwell’s Policy, by G R Elton (text)

1967  Hitler and the Origins of the Second World War, by Alan Bullock (text)

1966  John Wyclif: The Path to Dissent, by Gordon Leff (text)

1965  British Merchants and South American Independence, by R A Humphreys (text)

1964  The Wars of the Roses, by K B McFarlane

1963  The Russian Revolution and the Peasant, by E H Carr

1962  The Place of Henry I in English History, by R W Southern

1961  The Colour Question in the Portuguese Empire, by C R Boxer

1960  The City of London and the Devonshire-Pitt Administration, 1756-7, by Lucy S Sutherland

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