David Bates

David Bates portrait © Lucinda Price
Professeur émérite (UK)
Membre associé
Institution de rattachement : University of East Anglia, Université de Caen Normandie, Institute of Historical Research (University of London), Clare Hall (University of Cambridge)
Téléphone : (0)1223 813485
Adresse : 11 Thomas Christian Way, Bottisham, Cambridge, CB25 9DX


Professeur émérite à l’University of East Anglia, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, et docteur honoris causa de l’UCN

Thèse, habilitation et diplômes

Phd thesis : Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, 1049/50-1097. A Biography, University of Exeter, 1970

Thèmes de recherche

The History of Britain and France from the Tenth to the Thirteenth Century. This has been reflected in numerous publications.

Current Projects:

  • List of Addenda and Corrigenda to Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum: The Acta of William I, 1066-1087 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998) to be published in Oxford Scholarly Editions Online
  • To write a book for Routledge, England and its Peoples, 924-1225
  • Several articles in preparation.

Organisation de colloques et journées d’étude

  • England and Normandy in the Middle Ages’, co-organised with Professor Anne Curry of Reading University, held at Reading Town Hall in September 1992. The proceedings of this international conference were subsequently published as England and Normandy in the Middle Ages (1994).
  • ‘The Uses and Perceptions of the Past’, organised on behalf of the Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Netherlands Centre for Medieval Studies, held in Glasgow in March 1998.
  • British organiser of Table Ronde associated with CNRS Project ‘France-Iles Britanniques’ intended to encourage collaboration between British and French historians of all historical periods, held in Glasgow, May 2002. The British side of the conference attracted funding from the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  • ‘The Limits of Medieval Biography’, co-organised with Drs. Julia Crick and Sarah Hamilton, held in honour of Professor Frank Barlow at Exeter University, July 2003. The conference attracted funding from the British Academy.
  • British Organiser of Anglo-Russian Conference of Historians ‘What is History after 2000? An Anglo-Russian Dialogue on History and Historiography’ which took place at the Russian Academy of Sciences in April 2004.
  • 73rd Anglo-American Conference of Historians ‘Wealth and Poverty’ at the IHR in July 2004
  • Franco-British Conference ‘Du papier à l’archive, du privé au public: France et îles britanniques, deux mémoires/ Paper to archive, public to private: France, Britain and the preservation of the past’ at the IHR and the Maison française at Oxford in October 2004
  • ‘History in British Education’ a joint conference with the Historical Association, the Royal Historical Society and the History at the Universities Defence Group to at the IHR in January 2005
  • Co-organiser University of London School of Advanced Study 10th Anniversary Conference ‘What are Senates for?’ in May 2005.
  • 74th Anglo-American Conference of Historians ‘Religions and Politics’ at the IHR in July 2005
  • Anglo-Russian Conference ‘Britain and Russia from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day: Images and Perceptions” at the IHR in September 2005
  • ‘History and the Public’ at the IHR in February 2006.
  • 75th Anglo-American Conference of Historians ‘States and Empires’Identities: National, Regional and Personal’ at the IHR in July 2006
  • 5th Anglo-Japanese Conference of Historians at the IHR in September 2006
  • ‘Why History Matters’, a conference organised in February 2007 with the Royal Historical Society, the Historical Association, History HE(UK), the Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology, and Ofsted to produce a report evaluating the importance of History’s place in British education involving participation from professionals in all sectors involved in History education.
  • ‘History and the Public’, a conference held in Swansea in April 2007 organised in collaboration with the University of Wales, Swansea.
  • Anglo-Russian Conference (several themes) held at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow in April 2007.
  • 76th Anglo-American Conference of Historians ‘Identities: National, Regional and Personal’ at the IHR in July 2007.
  • ‘East Anglia and Its North Sea World’, University of East Anglia, April 2010.
  • Director, Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies, from 2010 until 2013. Organiser of 2011 conference at the University of York and 2012 conference in Bayeux, and 2013 conference in Cambridge.
  • Co-Organiser (with Pierre Bauduin), colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle (‘Penser les mondes normands’), September 2011.
  • Co-organiser with Elisabeth van Houts and Edoardo D’Angelo of two conferences held at the Centro Europeo di Studi Normanni at Ariano Irpino and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in September 2013 and March 2014, on the theme of Cultural Transmission in the Medieval Norman Worlds. The Cambridge conference received financial support from UEA.
  • ‘Putting 1066 into Perspective’. Co-organiser with Edward Impey of a conference held at the Tower of London on 14-16 October 2016.


David Bates est un spécialiste internationalement reconnu de Guillaume le Conquérant et des mondes normands. Depuis la période de la chaire d’excellence financée par la Région Basse-Normandie de 2009 à 2012, David Bates a publié deux livres, The Normans and Empire : The Ford Lectures delivered in the University of Oxford during Hilary Term 2010 (Oxford University Press, 2013) and William the Conqueror (London and New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016) – traduction française, Guillaume le Conquérant (Paris, Flammarion, 2019). Il est co-auteur avec Xavier Barral I Altet de La Tapisserie de Bayeux : Commentaires (Paris : Citadelles & Mazenod, 2019). Il a co-dirigé des colloques, notamment ceux de Caen/Cerisy-la-Salle (2011) (avec Pierre Bauduin), d’Ariano Irpino/Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 2013 et 2014 (avec Edoardo d’Angelo et Elisabeth van Houts), et la Tour de Londres (2016) (avec Edward Impey). Les actes de tous les trois ont été publiés. Au présent il compile une liste des Addenda et Corrigenda de son edition des actes de Guillaume le Conquérant (Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum : The Acta of William I (1066-1087)(Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1998) pour être publié en ligne par Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com) avec le livre de 1998. Il commence à écrire un livre England and its Peoples, 924-1225 pour Routledge.


  • Research Assistant, Documents Section, Imperial War Museum, London, 1969-71 (Head of Section, 1971)
  • Fellow of the University of Wales, Department of History, University College, Cardiff, 1971-73
  • Lecturer in History, University College, Cardiff, 1973-87
  • Senior Lecturer in History, University College, Cardiff, 1987-88 and University of Wales, College of Cardiff, 1988 to 31 December 1990
  • Reader in History, University of Wales, College of Cardiff, 1 January 1991 to 30 September 1994
  • Head of History and Welsh History, University of Wales, College of Cardiff, 1988-1992
  • Edwards Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow, 1 October 1994 until 30 September 2003.
  • Director of the Institute of Historical Research and Professor of History, University of London, 1 October 2003 until 14 March 2008.
  • Professor of Medieval History, University of East Anglia, 14 March 2008 until 30 September 2010.
  • Holder of Chaire d’Excellence in the history of the Normans, University of Caen Basse-Normandie, September 2009 until July 2012.
  • Professorial Fellow and Emeritus Professor in Medieval History, University of East Anglia, 30 September 2010 until the present


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