Sir Frank Merry Stenton (17 May 1880 – 15 September 1967) was a
20th-century historian of Anglo-Saxon England, and president of the
Royal Historical Society (1937–1945). He was the author of
Anglo-Saxon England, a volume of the Oxford History of England, first
published in 1943 and widely considered a classic history of the
period. He delivered the
Ford Lectures at
Oxford University in 1929.
Stenton was a professor of history at the University of Reading
(1926-1946), and subsequently the university's vice-chancellor
(1946-1950). During Stenton's period as vice-chancellor at Reading, he
presided over the university's purchase of Whiteknights Park, creating
the new campus that allowed for the expansion of the university in
later decades. In November 2008, it was announced that a new hall of
residence to be constructed on that campus would be named Stenton
Hall, in his honour.
His wife, Doris Mary Stenton, wrote a preface to the third edition of
Anglo-Saxon England, published after his death, and edited Preparatory
England Being the Collected Papers of Frank Merry
Stenton, published in 1970. She was an historian in her own right,
producing English Society in the Early Middle Ages for the Pelican
History of England.
He was educated at Keble College, Oxford, and was elected an Honorary
Fellow in 1947. He was knighted in the 1948 New Year Honours,
and received the accolade from King George VI at Buckingham Palace on
10 February 1948.
Stenton's papers, together with those of his wife Lady Doris Stenton,
their library and his coin collection are part of the special
collections at Reading University.
^ Institute of Historical Research, Summary; Royal Historical Society,
'About Us' Archived 2010-02-09 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 19
University of Reading
University of Reading Bulletin (20 November 2008)" (PDF).
University of Reading. p. 3. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
^ Drennan, Basil St G., ed. (1970). The Keble College Centenary
Register 1870–1970. Keble College, Oxford. p. 3.
^ "No. 38161".
The London Gazette
The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1947.
^ "No. 38207". The London Gazette. 13 February 1948.
Works by or about
Frank Stenton at Internet Archive
Stenton Coin Collection
Stenton., F. M. (1920), The Danes in England.. History, 5: 173–177.
TYPES OF MANORIAL STRUCTURE IN THE NORTHERN DANELAW By F. M. STENTON
Documents illustrative of the social and economic history of the
Danelaw, from various collections (1920) By F. M. Stenton
President of the Royal Historical Society
Robert William Seton-Watson
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