Christopher N. L. Brooke

Christopher Nugent Lawrence Brooke CBE FSA FBA FRHistS (23 June 1927 – 27 December 2015) was a British medieval historian. From 1974 to 1994 he was Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge.

Christopher N. L. Brooke

Christopher Nugent Lawrence Brooke

(1927-06-23)23 June 1927
Died27 December 2015(2015-12-27) (aged 88)
TitleDixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History (1977–1994)
Rosalind Brooke
(m. 1951; died 2014)
Academic background
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge
InfluencesDavid Knowles[2]
Academic work

Early life and educationEdit

Born on 23 June 1927, Brooke was the son of Zachary Nugent Brooke (1883–1946) and his wife Rosa Grace Brooke (1888–1964). Following schooling at Winchester College, Brooke undertook his undergraduate work at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied with David Knowles.[2]

Academic careerEdit

Brooke spent his early years as head of department at Westfield College, University of London, before taking up a post at Caius from 1977 to 1994, where he remained a life fellow. He held the position of Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Cambridge and before becoming a professor emeritus.[3] He was President of the Ecclesiastical History Society (1968–1969).[4]

Later lifeEdit

Brooke died on 27 December 2015 at the age of 88.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

It was at Cambridge that Brooke met his future wife, fellow medievalist Rosalind Brooke (née Clark) in 1951. She died in 2014.[1][6] Christopher N. L. Brooke died on 27 December 2015.

Selected worksEdit

Among Brooke's publications are:

  • The Church and the Welsh Border in the Central Middle Ages[7]
  • London, 800–1216: The Shaping of a City[8]
  • The English Church & the Papacy, From the Conquest to the Reign of John[9]
  • The Medieval Idea of Marriage[10]
  • A History of the University of Cambridge. Vol. 4, 1870–1990[11]
  • Churches and Churchmen in Medieval Europe[12]
  • The Normans as Cathedral Builders[13]
  • The Architectural History of Winchester Cathedral[14]
  • The Saxon and Norman Kings[15]
  • From Alfred to Henry III 871–1272[16]
  • Carte Nativorum: A Peterborough Abbey Cartulary of the Fourteenth Century[17]
  • The Letters of John of Salisbury[18]
  • The Letters of John of Salisbury. Vol. 2, The Later Letters (1163–1180)[19]
  • A History of Gonville and Caius College[20]
  • Gilbert Foliot and his letters[21]
  • The Heads of Religious Houses, England and Wales: Volume 1, 940–1216[22]
  • The Investiture Disputes[23]
  • Religious Sentiment and Church Design in the Later Middle Ages[24]
  • Archbishop Lanfranc, the English Bishops and the Council of London of 1075[25]
  • The Monastic Constitutions of Lanfranc[26]
  • Councils and Synods, with Other Documents Relating to the English Church: Volume I: A.D. 871–1204[27]
  • Hugh the chanter : the history of the church of York, 1066–1127[28]
  • Oxford and Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 1988 (with Roger Highfield)


  1. ^ a b "Professor Christopher Brooke – Obituary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Christopher Brooke: Interview Transcript". Making History. London: Institute of Historical Research. 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Professor Christopher Brooke CBE, FBA, Hon VPSA". Gonville & Caius College. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. ^ Past Presidents - Ecclesiastical History Society
  5. ^ Professor Christopher Brooke
  6. ^ "In memoriam: Dr Rosalind Brooke". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  7. ^ The church and the Welsh border in the central Middle Ages. World Cat. OCLC 14358922.
  8. ^ London, 800–1216 : the shaping of a city. World Cat. OCLC 1377073.
  9. ^ The English church & the papacy, from the Conquest to the reign of John. World Cat. OCLC 18833115.
  10. ^ The medieval idea of marriage. World Cat. OCLC 18947995.
  11. ^ A history of the University of Cambridge. Vol. 4, 1870–1990. World Cat. OCLC 186482642.
  12. ^ Churches and churchmen in medieval Europe. World Cat. OCLC 185660510.
  13. ^ The Normans as cathedral builders. World Cat. OCLC 7098010.
  14. ^ The architectural history of Winchester Cathedral. World Cat. OCLC 7097982.
  15. ^ The Saxon and Norman Kings. World Cat. OCLC 63447340.
  16. ^ From Alfred to Henry III 871–1272. World Cat. OCLC 185648057. Accessed on 10 March 2009
  17. ^ Carte nativorum : a Peterborough Abbey cartulary of the fourteenth century. World Cat. OCLC 185781571.
  18. ^ The letters of John of Salisbury. World Cat. OCLC 48318911. Accessed on 10 March 2009
  19. ^ The letters of John of Salisbury. Vol. 2, The later letters (1163–1180). World Cat. OCLC 186720386.
  20. ^ A history of Gonville and Caius college. World Cat. OCLC 185477127. Accessed on 10 March 2009
  21. ^ Gilbert Foliot and his letters. World Cat. OCLC 64512070.
  22. ^ The heads of religious houses, England and Wales. [1], 940–1216. World Cat. OCLC 270781519.
  23. ^ The investiture disputes. World Cat. OCLC 221050799.
  24. ^ Religious sentiment and church design in the later Middle Ages. World Cat. OCLC 66298679.
  25. ^ Archbishop Lanfranc, the English bishops and the Council of London of 1075. World Cat. OCLC 49413804.
  26. ^ The monastic constitutions of Lanfranc. World Cat. OCLC 48154671.
  27. ^ Councils and synods, with other documents relating to the English church, I, A.D. 871–1204. World Cat. OCLC 224372669.
  28. ^ Hugh the chanter : the history of the church of York, 1066–1127. World Cat. OCLC 213035056.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Ernest Gordon Rupp
Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History
Succeeded by
Jonathan Riley-Smith
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
William Fergusson Irvine
President of the Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
Succeeded by
Alec Reginald Myers
Preceded by
A. G. Dickens
President of the Ecclesiastical History Society
Succeeded by
Walter Ullmann