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Dr David Grummitt

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Professional biography

I completed my PhD on 'Calais under Tudor Rule, 1485-1547' in 1997 and worked on the AHRC-funded project 'Warfare and State Formation in England and the Habsburg Netherlands, 1477-1559' before joining the 1422-1460 section of the History of Parliament Trust.

I have previously held positions at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University where I took a particular interest in programme and module design, developing a interdisciplinary BA programme in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.


Research interests

I trained as a historian of late medieval and Renaissance Britain and Western Europe. As a military historian, I am particularly interested in  the role of war in the development of the state and its impact on wider cultural and societal change. I have also worked extensively on the political culture of fifteenth-century England, especially the political struggles known to us as the Wars of the Roses. I am currently writing a Military History of the Wars of the Roses. My other area of interest is the military history of the Cold War and I am currently researching the nature and cultural significance of the Soviet conventional threat during the closing years of the Cold War.

My publications include:

The History of Parliament: The Commons 1422-1460, ed. Linda Clark, 5 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Henry VI (Routledge, 2015)

A Short History of the Wars of the Roses (IB Tauris, 2013)

The Calais Garrison: War and Military Service in England, 1436-1558 (Boydell & Brewer, 2008)


Teaching interests

As well as being a cluster manager for A225 and A111, I am also the Staff Tutor for FASS Short Courses, module chair of Y031 and a member of the A223 module team.


Henry VI (2015-05-18)
Grummitt, David
Routledge Historical Biographies
ISBN : 9780415639927 / 9781315708355 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London