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Sir Frank Merry Stenton (1880 – 15 September 1967) was a noted 20th century historian of Anglo-Saxon England. He was the author of Anglo-Saxon England, a volume of the Oxford History of England, first published in 1943 and widely considered a classic history of the period. He delivered the Ford Lectures at Oxford University in 1929.

Stenton was a professor of history at the University of Reading from 1926 to 1946, and subsequently the university's vice-chancellor from 1946 to 1950. During Sir Frank's period as vice-chancellor at Reading, he presided over the university's purchase of Whiteknights Park, creating the new campus that allowed for the expansion of the university in later decades. In November 2008, it was announced that a new hall of residence to be constructed on that campus would be named Stenton Hall, in his honour.[1]

His wife, Doris Mary Stenton, wrote a preface to the third edition of Anglo-Saxon England, published after his death, and edited Preparatory to Anglo-Saxon England Being the Collected Papers of Frank Merry Stenton, published in 1970. She was an historian in her own right, producing English Society in the Early Middle Ages for the Pelican History of England.

He was educated at Keble College, Oxford, and was elected an Honorary Fellow in 1947.[2]


  1. ^ "University of Reading Bulletin (20 November 2008)". University of Reading. p. 3. Retrieved 2008-11-20.  
  2. ^ Drennan, Basil St G., ed (1970). The Keble College Centenary Register 1870 – 1970. Keble College, Oxford. p. 3. ISBN 9780850330489.  

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