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Anthony Pollard

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Job title:
Special Lecturer
Teesside University

About Anthony Pollard

Professor Emeritus AJ Pollard has been researching and writing on 15th century England for longer than he cares to remember. His main field of research lies in 15th century history, especially the north of England and the Wars of the Roses. Works include North-Eastern England during the Wars of the Roses (1990); The Wars of the Roses (1988 and 2001), Richard III and the Princes in the Tower (1991) and many essays on gentry and economic history, several of which were republished as The Worlds of Richard III in 2001. This work was brought together in volume 4 of the Longman History of Medieval England, Late Medieval England, 1399-1509 (2000).

More recently he has written on Robin Hood, focusing on the manner in which the first surviving stories, from the later 15th century, as literature reveal more about England at the end of the middle ages than they do about a fictional hero from earlier in the past. A preliminary essay appeared as ‘The Yeomanry of Robin Hood and Social Terminology in Fifteenth-Century England’ (with Richard Almond), Past and Present, 170 (2001); the research culminated in Imagining Robin Hood: the Late-Medieval Stories in Historical Context (2004).

Professor AJ Pollard’s latest work marks a return to political history in The Kingmaker: Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, 1428-1471 (2007), in which he seeks to recover the heroic figure who was admired during his lifetime and for many decades after his fall. A second area of interest lies in regional history, especially the north east of England, which has resulted in several essays and, in collaboration with other regional historians, a major questioning of the supposed longevity of its regional identity in Regional Identities: in North-East England, 1300-2000, edited jointly with AG Green (2007).

Research degrees supervised have included Richmondshire, 1372-1425; The Claxtons of Hordern, Co Durham, 1350-1483; and Military Organisation in Lancastrian Normandy, 1422-1450.

In the news

  • Richard III: Did he really murder the Princes in the Tower?
    Metro online, 26/03/2015
    Expert's verdict: AJ Pollard, professor of 15th century history at Teesside University and author of Richard III and the Princes in the Tower

  • Richard of York (he gave battle in vain)
    Northern Echo, 09/02/2013, p.22; Northern Echo (Web), 11/02/2013
    They were rediscovered last year, and on Monday, DNA tests confirmed that the contorted skeleton was his. "We've learned he had a a curvature of the spine, and by the time he was 32 he could have been