Austin Herbert Woolrych 1918–2004

John Morrill

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 153 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VII

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264348
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734250 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Austin Herbert Woolrych 1918–2004

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Austin Herbert Woolrych (1918–2004), a Fellow of the British Academy, was a scholar whose career, distinguished though it was, really only blossomed after his 60th birthday. By the age of 60, he had published just over 500 pages of academic prose; between his 60th birthday and his death 25 years later, he had published another 2,000 pages. Two terms into graduate study, Woolrych was recruited to join the rapidly expanding History Department at the University of Leeds. One of his books was Battles of the English Civil War, a study of three battles (Marston Moor (July 1644), Naseby (June 1645) and Preston (August 1648)). Woolrych was credited for creating an excellent History Department at Lancaster University. As he neared his 80th birthday in 1998, he decided to devote himself more single-mindedly to his last great work, his single-volume history of Britain in Revolution 1625–1660.

Keywords: Austin Herbert Woolrych; British Academy; University of Leeds; history; battles; Lancaster University; Britain in Revolution; English Civil War

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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