Rosamond McKitterick

Rosamond Deborah McKitterick
Born (1949-05-31) 31 May 1949
Nationality British
Fields Medieval history
Institutions Newnham College, Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Alma mater University of Western Australia

Rosamond Deborah McKitterick (born 31 May 1949) is a British medieval historian, whose work focuses on the Frankish kingdoms in the 8th and 9th centuries, using palaeographical and manuscript studies to illuminate aspects of the political, cultural, intellectual, religious and social history of the early Middle Ages. From 1999 until 2016 she was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cambridge.

Early life

McKitterick was born Rosamond Pierce in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, on 31 May 1949. From 1951 to 1956 she lived in Cambridge, England, where her father had a position at Magdalene College. In 1956 she moved with her family to Western Australia where she completed primary and secondary school and completed an honours degree at the University of Western Australia. She holds the degrees of M.A., Ph.D., and Litt.D.

Academic career

In 1971 she returned to Cambridge University to pursue her career. She was a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge and then became a Professorial Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.

Personal life

She married David John McKitterick, Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] and they have one daughter.[2]


She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts).[3]

Selected books

Books as editor


Academic offices
Preceded by
Barrie Dobson
Professor of Medieval History, University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Christine Carpenter

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