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Marjorie MacCallum Chibnall is an English historian, medievalist and Latin translator.

Born at Atcham in Shropshire in 1914, she is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (and Honorary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge), and had previously taught at the University of Southampton and the University of Aberdeen as well having served as a research fellow at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford.

Select bibliography

She is associated with her work on Norman England and in particular as the translator of the Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis. The following is a list of her major works:

  • Select Documents of the English lands of the Abbey of Bec, (Royal Historical Society, Camden Third Series vol. 73, 1951)
  • John of Salisbury’s Memoirs of the Papal Court, (London, 1956)
  • (ed. & tr) The Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis, 6 vols., (Oxford, 1969—1980)
  • Charters and Custumals of the Abbey of Holy Trinity, Caen (Oxford, 1982)
  • The World of Orderic Vitalis, (Oxford, 1984)
  • Anglo-Norman England 1066-1166, (Oxford, 1986)
  • (ed.& tr.)The Historia Pontificalis of John of Salisbury, (Oxford, 1986)
  • Empress Matilda, (Oxford, 1991)
  • (ed. with Leslie Watkiss) The Waltham Chronicle : An Account of the Discovery of Our Holy Cross at Montacute and its Conveyance to Waltham (Oxford, 1994)
  • (ed. & tr. with R. H. C. Davis), The Gesta Guillelmi of William of Poitiers, (Oxford, 1998)
  • The Debate on the Norman Conquest, (Manchester, 1999)
  • Piety, Power and History in Medieval England and Normandy, (Aldershot, 2000)
  • The Normans (Oxford, 2006)


  • Chibnall, Marjorie (1990), The Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis; Volume II, Books III and IV, Oxford Medieval Texts, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. v—vi, ISBN 0-19-820220-2  


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