Richard Bruce Wernham, 1906–1999

G. W. Bernard

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 124. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, III

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Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263204
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734205 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Richard Bruce Wernham, 1906–1999

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Bruce Wernham was born on 11 October 1906 at Ashmansworth, near Newbury, Berkshire, the son of a tenant farmer. He attended St Bartholomew's Grammar School, which he remembered with affection all his life, serving as Governor from 1944. In 1925 he went on to Exeter College, Oxford, and took a first in Modern History in 1928. He returned to study towards a D.Phil. His chosen theme was ‘Anglo-French relations in the age of Queen Elizabeth and Henri IV’, a subject that would remain at the centre of his interests for the rest of his life. After a year, he moved to London in order to work on the State Papers in the Public Record Office and the British Museum.

Keywords: historian; state papers; Public Record Office; British Museum; Exeter College; Modern History

Chapter.  9973 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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