Charles Patrick Wormald
(9 July 1947–29 September 2004) was an
Wormald was born in Neston, Cheshire, son of
historian Brian Wormald.
College as a King's Scholar
and studied Modern History at Balliol
College where he was tutored by Maurice
Keen. He won a seven year Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford.
Early Medieval History at the
Glasgow from 1974 to 1988, where he met and married
fellow-historian Jenny Brown.
They had two sons, but their marriage was dissolved in 2001.
In 1989 he
returned to Oxford as a Fellow of Christ Church where he tutored students of Medieval
His greatest work, which took many years to
produce, was The making of English law
, the first volume
of which was published in 1999.
In 2009, a collection of essays written by leading scholars in
Wormald's honour was published under the title Early Medieval
Studies in Memory of Patrick Wormald
, edited by Stephen Baxter
et al. The book is introduced by articles on Wormald's person and
his academic output.
- Ashgate publisher
- 2006, The Times of Bede: Studies in Early English Christian
Society and its Historian, ed. Baxter, Stephen.
- 2005, "Kings and kingship" in Fouracre, Paul (ed.), The new
Cambridge medieval history: Vol. 1 c.500–c.700.
- 2003, "The Leges Barbarorum : law and ethnicity in the
post-Roman West" in Goetz, Jarnut, & Pohl (eds), Regna and
gentes : the relationship between late antique and early medieval
peoples and kingdoms in the transformation of the Roman
- 1999, The making of English law: King Alfred to the twelfth
century, vol. 1: Legislation and its limits.
- 1999, Legal culture in the early medieval west: law as
text, image and experience.
- 1998, "Frederic William Maitland and the earliest English law"
in Law and History Review, 16.
- 1996, "The emergence of the Regnum Scottorum: a
Carolingian hegemony" in Crawford, Barbara (ed.), Scotland in
dark age Britain.
- 1993, How do we know so much about Anglo-Saxon
- 1986, "Celtic and Anglo-Saxon kingship : Some Further Thoughts"
in Szarmach, Paul E. & Oggins, Virginia D. (eds), Sources
of Anglo-Saxon culture.
- 1983, with Bullough, Donald & Collins, Roger (eds),
Ideal and reality in Frankish and Anglo-Saxon Society: studies
presented to John Michael Wallace-Hadrill.
- 1982, "The Age of Bede and Æthelbald", "The age of Offa and
Alcuin", & "The Ninth Century" in Campbell, James (ed.),
- 1978, "Æthelred the lawmaker" in Hill, David (ed.),
Ethelred the Unready : papers from the millenary
- 1977, "Lex scripta and verbum regis: legislation and
Germanic kingship from Euric to Cnut" in Sawyer, P.H. & Wood,
Ian N. (eds), Early medieval kingship.