Professor Christopher Brooke (1927-2015)

Professor Christopher Brooke was a distinguished medieval historian and for many years Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, as well as being President of the EHS from 1968-9. He was the son of the medieval historian Zachary Brooke, who was a major influence on his development as an historian. As Christopher himself said, he was his father’s “apprentice” and at the age of 14 or so 'gave up collecting engine numbers and collected medieval archdeacons instead'. He was appointed to his first chair in history at the age of 26 in Liverpool before moving to Westfield College in the University of London, and thereafter back to Cambridge. He was the author, among many books and articles, of From Alfred to Henry III 871-1272 (1961), Europe in the Central Middle Ages, 962-1154 (1964), The Structure of Medieval Society (1971), and London 800-1216: The Shaping of a City (1975). 

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