Professor Mark Ormrod

All at Boydell are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Mark Ormrod. We have long been and will always remain profoundly grateful for his support and proud to have published him since 1987. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and many, many friends who will feel this loss deeply.

We share this from Professor Sarah Rees-Jones of the University of York:

Mark was a leading historian of the later Middle Ages in Britain. He completed his doctorate in 1984 at the University of Oxford and then held a number of positions at the Universities of Sheffield, Evansville (British Campus), Queens University Belfast and Cambridge. In 1990 he moved to a lectureship at the University of York and was promoted to Professor in 1995. His experience of what is now widely known as ‘precarity’ in this early phase of his career always informed his nurturing of students and early career colleagues, whose careers were at the forefront of his mind in the creation of the many funded research projects that he so successfully established. 

Mark was Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies from 1998-2001 and 2002-3, and Head of the Department of History in 2001 and from 2003-7. He also struck up a very close working relationship with the Borthwick Institute for Archives. He was a natural choice as the first Dean of the newly created Faculty of Arts and Humanities at York in 2009, a position that he held until his retirement in 2017. 

In addition to his own writing he also supervised twenty-eight PhD theses, was the Principal Investigator on nineteen major externally-funded research projects that were worth over £4 million and provided early career positions to many former students.


To this we just add how happy we are to have published Monarchy, State and Political Culture in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of W. Mark Ormrod, edited by Gwilym Dodd & Craig Taylor, and we look forward to the publication of Professor Ormrod’s final work, Winner and Waster and its Contexts: Chivalry, Law and Economics in Fourteenth-Century England.

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