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James Campbell, FBA (26 January 1935 – 31 May 2016) was a British historian with a particular interest in the Medieval period and Anglo-Saxon studies. Although he never published a book himself, he was co-editor of The Anglo-Saxons, a collection of essays on Anglo-Saxon Britain, for which he wrote about the 4th to 7th centuries.

Biography

Campbell was born in Cheltenham on 26 January 1935.[1][2] His birth father, John Henry Mogg was a teacher and his mother Barbara Hilda Brown was also a teacher and member of the Communist Party. After a period in foster care he was adopted by his maternal grandparents in 1938.[3]

He studied at Lowestoft Grammar School, where he found an interest in history. He took early entry to Magdelen College, Oxford, at the age of 17 and graduated with a first in 1955.[3] By 1957, at the age of 22, he became a fellow at Worcester College, University of Oxford,[4] where he served as the University's Senior Proctor for 1973-74.[2] He remained at Worcester College until his retirement in 2002.[3] Campbell's particular interest in the Medieval period and Anglo-Saxon studies.[5] Although he never published a book himself,[3] Campbell was the editor of The Anglo-Saxons (1982), a collection of essays on Anglo-Saxon England, for which he wrote the section on the period from AD 350 to 660.[6]

He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 1984.[7] In the 1980's Campbell settled in Witney. At the age of 71, he married Dr Bӓrbel Brodt on 7 October 2006, although he was devastated by her death in October 2015. He died at his home on 31 May 2016.[3]

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References

  1. ^ CAMPBELL, James. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc; online edn. November 2015, Oxford University Press. 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2016.