J. M. Wallace-Hadrill

John Michael Wallace-Hadrill CBE (29 September 19163 November 1985) was Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of Manchester (1955-61), a Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford (1961-74), Chichele Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford (1974-83) and a Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (1974-85). He was elected to a fellowship in the British Academy in 1969 and he delivered the Ford Lectures in 1971. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1982.

Wallace-Hadrill was one of the foremost historians of the early Merovingian period. His son is the Roman historian Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.


  • The Frankish Church (1983).
  • The Barbarian West, 400–1000 (1952).
  • The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar with Its Continuations (1960).
  • Early Germanic Kingship (Oxford, 1971).
  • Early Medieval history (1976).
  • Ideal and reality in Frankish and Anglo-Saxon society: studies presented to J.M. Wallace-Hadrill (1983).
  • Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People: A Historical Commentary (Oxford, 1988).

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