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Vivian Hubert Howard Green (18 November 1915–18 January 2005) was a Fellow and Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, a priest, author, teacher, and historian. He was also celebrated for his influence on his student John le Carré when it became known that Green was the model for the spymaster George Smiley in le Carré's novels.

Green was born in Wembley, Middlesex; his parents, Hubert and Edith Green, owned confectionery shops, first in Wembley, and then on the Isle of Wight. Strongly encouraged by his mother, Green attended Bradfield College, Berkshire, then won a scholarship to Trinity Hall, Cambridge (1933). At Trinity Hall, he specialised in ecclesiastical history and became the Lightfoot Scholar. Postgraduate work was done on a Gladstone Scholarship to St Deiniol's Library, Hawarden followed by a period of lecturing on ecclesiastical history at St Augustine's College, Canterbury.

Green died in Oxfordshire.

Ecclesiastical and academic career

Published works

  • The Hanoverians (1948)
  • From St Augustine to William Temple (1948)
  • Renaissance and Reformation (1952)
  • The Later Plantagenets: A survey of English history between 1307 and 1485 (1955)
  • The Young Mr Wesley (1961)
  • The Swiss Alps (1961)
  • A History of Oxford University (1974)
  • The Commonwealth of Lincoln College 1427–1977 (1979)
  • Love in a Cool Climate: The Letters of Mark Pattison and Meta Bradley 1879–1884 (1985)
  • The Madness of Kings (1993)
  • A Question of Guilt: The Murder of Nancy Eaton (1988) — co-written with William Scoular
  • A New History of Christianity (1996)

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