John Blair (historian)
William John Blair|
4 March 1955
|Title||Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology|
|Spouse(s)||Kanerva Blair-Heikkinen (m. 2005)|
|Education||St John's School, Leatherhead|
|Alma mater||Brasenose College, Oxford|
|Thesis title||Landholding, Church and settlement in Surrey before 1300 (1983)|
The Queen's College, Oxford |
University of Oxford
William John Blair, FSA, FBA (born 4 March 1955) is a British historian, archaeologist, and academic, who specialises in Anglo-Saxon England. He is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. He gave the 2013 Ford Lectures at the University of Oxford.
Early life and education
Blair was born on 4 March 1955 in Woking, Surrey, England. His father was Claude Blair, CVO, OBE, a museum curator and "one of the foremost authorities on historic European metalwork, especially arms and armour", and his mother was Joan Mary Greville Blair (née Drinkwater). He was educated at St John's School, Leatherhead, an independent school in Leatherhead, Surrey. He then studied at Brasenose College, Oxford, graduating with a first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1976. He remained at Brasenose College to undertake postgraduate research, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1983. His doctoral thesis was titled "Landholding, Church and settlement in Surrey before 1300".
During his doctoral research, Blair was a Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1981, he was elected a Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. Since then, he has been a praelector and tutor in history at the college. On 1 October 2006, he was awarded a Title of Distinction by the University of Oxford as "Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology".
Blair gave the 2013 Ford Lectures at the University of Oxford. The lecture series was tiled "Building the Anglo-Saxon Landscape".
- Blair, John (1991). Early medieval Surrey: Landholding, Church and settlement before 1300. Gloucester: Alan Sutton Publishing. ISBN 978-0-86299-780-9.
- Blair, John (1994). Anglo-Saxon Oxfordshire. Oxford, Stroud and Dover, NH: Oxfordshire Books and Alan Sutton Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7509-0147-5.
- Blair, John (2000). The Anglo-Saxon age: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-285403-2.
- Blair, John (2005). The church in Anglo-Saxon society. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-822695-6.
- Blair, John, ed. (2007). Waterways and canal-building in medieval England. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-921715-1.
- Blair, John (2013). The British culture of Anglo-Saxon settlement. Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic. ISBN 978-0-9571862-9-3.
- Lapidge, Michael; Blair, John; Keynes, Simon; Scragg, Donald, eds. (2014). The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-470-65632-7.
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- Blair, John (1983). "Landholding, Church and settlement in Surrey before 1300". E-Theses Online Service. The British Library. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- "Recognition of Distinction: Titles Awarded, 2005–6". Oxford University Gazette. 4784 (Supplement 1). 25 October 2006. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- "John Blair to give the 2013 Ford Lectures". News. The Queen's College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 23 December 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
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- "Fellows Directory - B". About us. Society of Antiquaries. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
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